Posted by: Randall 'Sagg' Harris on February 28th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Already I can feel the pressure release from the Jazz locker room.
You see, it gets so simple for a fan. Was it a W or an L?
But the NBA life is far more complicated for the NBA player. Rumors, Chemistry, Communication, Training, Remembering…so much that the average and even avid fan looks right past.
And yes, it is possible to be at ease and having fun on a bad team, which the Jazz are not (sitting only a half game out of the Playoff hunt currently), just look at the Warriors and the Raptors play so loose.
There is more to this game than simple wins or loses. And Deron Williams could never see that (I am sure a large dose of L’s will accustom him very quickly in Jersey) there were no moral victories just loses and players not committing to HIS system.
Now on the other hand I would like to (only after 2 games) examine the Harris affect.
When in the 5th spot in the West earlier this year Deron (our leader) commented on the Jazz possibly missing the playoffs. This is after our ‘comeback kids’ moniker and all the excitement that was this young season. After one tough loss, our leader spoke of the doom of this team. How could that not affect the entire locker room? When your star is moping around and talking about how bad we all are.
In stark contrast, Devin Harris’ comments when he joined the team in Indiana were uplifting and even inspiring.
He said he was here to ensure we do make it to the playoffs. And the Harris affect, in that one comment, started.
Notice after a blown pass or a broken play how instead of tantrums (like a former player would use) notice how Harris tries to communicate with his players.
It’s pretty unimportant just WHO blew the play, because its already over, let’s focus on how we will run it next time and what both of us can do different to make the play work.
I remember seeing DWill sit quiet on the bench, like the lone general, knowing that HE was the only one smart enough or talented enough to save the sinking ship…and quietly, with a chip on his shoulder, usually failing…then blaming everyone else.
When Devin Harris is on the bench I see him talking to team mates and asking coaches questions. With the understanding that a true leader communicates.
Now I wont go so far as to say that Devin Harris will ever or has ever been as great of a raw player as Deron Williams is capable of being. But sometimes your band’s music doesn’t call for Eddie Van Halen solos especially when you’re playing sweet bluesy-funky Jazz.
Deron Williams is a great point guard but Devin Harris is a great point guard for the Jazz Organization.
Just remember, we replaced a guy who seemed like he wanted out with a guy who is excited as hell to be here.
Good things are on the horizon Jazz Nation!
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