Posted by: KCJones on February 27th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
And unwilling to let one develop. And as a Jazz Fan, I’m scared of that.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. It took me a long time to jump on the #FireCorbin bandwagon, but I’ve joined the movement. Mostly, it was when I recognized just how skewed his view of veterans versus young guys is from this Zach Lowe interview of Tyrone Corbin where he talks about Al like he’s this amazing defender because of his years of experience and talks about D-Fave like he’s this small weakling who can’t defend. I really don’t know if I can trust a front office that supports a coach so obviously biased towards veterans and so oblivious to the amazing talent he has in the young guys. This team NEEDS a coach that can develop guys and help realize young potential, but that’s NOT Ty. There is NO chance that Al Jefferson is or ever will be a superstar. There is NO chance that Paul Millsap is or ever will be a superstar. Same with every veteran on our roster. But there IS a chance we could have one sitting on our bench. There are four lottery picks sitting on our bench. And it feels like to ME that they are intentionally keeping them down, starting with Tyrone, then on up the chain to Greg Miller. I can only imagine what it feels like to them. D-Will once said that he hated Sloan for not playing him over Keith McLeod when he was a rookie. I think some of that rancor carried over until the day Sloan quit and D-Will got traded. Is that what we’re headed for with our young guys and Corbin? Sloan even said he was wrong to not play D-Will, and I think someday people will say about Corbin “Hey remember when Corbin benched Kanter and Favors to play AL JEFFERSON? What a moron.”
Seriously, wtf is this franchise doing??
We’re hoarding cap space like it’s gold, when you and I both know we’re not getting any player better than the Al Jeffersons or Paul Millsaps we already have on the team, even if teams decide they have to do a salary dump for tax reasons.
In a league that rewards you for having a bad season, I’m really baffled that we’re SO SCARED of being a non-playoff team that we won’t even take the chance to find out if we have a franchise player in any of our young guys and instead sign and play a bunch of mediocre veterans so we can AT BEST be a 8th, 7th or 6th seed at the EXPENSE of development of the young guys that we traded our only superstar-level talent since Stockton and Malone for.
The only way we’re winning anything long-term is if we get a franchise-type superstar player. We definitely DON’T have any starting for us. We MIGHT have one sitting on the bench, but we have a coach who’s not going to ever test out if we do. We’re NOT getting one in free agency, yet we’re hoarding cap space. I’m actually really really scared that we’re just setting ourselves up for a decade of mediocrity, when we could have set ourselves up for a decade of title contention, sacrificing the chance to find that franchise guy in our young guys and sacrificing additional draft picks (and chances at nabbing that superstar player) just so we could make the playoffs as a low seed for these two years.
I love watching the young guys play. But watching them, I really think Favors development in particular has suffered this year because of the front office’s strategy and Corbin’s veteran love affair. He was ready for more minutes. He was ready LAST trade deadline. He shows he’s ready, he shows he’s ready, he shows glimpses, we see flashes and STILL, nothing. Al starts. Favors gets some backup minutes. At some point, if you don’t get rewarded, you lose interest, you say ’screw you’, and you harbor resentment, your passion wanes. I think Favors is getting to that point.
Anyway, those are the thoughts, fears and frustrations of this Jazz fan.
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