Posted by: Ryan Walker on February 24th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s been a tough two days for me, for the past five and a half years I’ve had the privilege of having my favorite player compete night in and night out for my favorite team. Just to get the formalities out of the way, I believe that the move was necessary and could potentially be a better move for the Jazz in the long run. I’ll echo what previous posts, and news reports have said in that I truly don’t believe that Deron intended to finish out his career in Utah. Having said that, the Jazz made a good move and received some good initial pieces, in past all-star Devin Harris, and an exciting and explosive up and comer Derrick Favors. Along with early first round draft picks, cash, and the ability to control their own destiny on the court and financially.
Now I can say that in my heart, I believe Deron Williams is one of the best overall basketball players in the league. He is in my opinion the best point guard in the league because he is the most well-rounded and complete guards in the business. Rondo is the best passer, Nash is the best shooter, Rose is the best athlete, CP3 is the best defender and facilitator, but none of them embody all of those areas quite as well as Deron does. He is deceivingly quick, shoots the ball well when confident, has amazing court vision and awareness, gets to the rim when necessary, and is the consummate floor general.
I’m moving on and will always appreciate what Deron has done for the Jazz, and will continue to follow him and wish him the best. While he may have had his issues on and off the court, they all stemmed from one thing– and that was his desire to be great. Obviously that competitive spirit came off wrong at times, but at the end of the day we knew we had a winner leading our team. While we will miss having such a dynamic talent playing for our team, it does feel like it’s time to move on and look to the future. We still have a good core group of players, and with the exciting new possibilities on our doorstep let’s be fond of the past, patient in the present, and optimistic about the future.
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