Posted by: Randall 'Sagg' Harris on February 13th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Nothing in life is simple.
Especially the mind of a man.
But truth is truth.
Truth: D Will is one of the top 3 PGs in the league.
Truth: Williams is a great Christian man with strong character and very charitable.
Truth: Deron is a pouter.
Truth: Deron is probably one of the reasons Jerry is gone.
Take it how you like. But it is the truth.
Karl has no reason to lie.
But Everyone at Thursdays press conference DOES have a reason to bend the truth.
Jerry even eluded to it in interviews on Thursday. Saying he felt like he did right before being fired in Chicago.
Its as obvious as the tattoos on Chris Anderson’s neck.
I agree, D Will is the best guy on the team. And enough to build a franchise around.
But I also understand the loyalists disdain for a man who seemingly and selfishly threw a legend under the ‘has-been’ bus.
But let us not forget that in every screaming match. In every shouting session.
With every slammed towel and every bit lip…..Deron just wants to win.
He just wants what is best for this franchise to ensure more success. And so did Jerry.
And perhaps that was Jerry’s last gesture. For us. He quit.
Something he has too much pride to do normally and something he has NEVER done in his career or his life before. He QUIT.
And just like Deron’s temper tantrums and Phil’s resign to follow Jerry into the fire. They did it all for us.
To secure the win.
This is a crossroads for our franchise.
And you can wear the rose colored glasses and pull the wool further down if you’d like.
But you’re either okay with the TRUTH that new is better than the old.
Or you agree with the fans that don’t care how many games we may lose. You’d take a loyal Rusty LaRue over a grumpy and temperamental All Star if that meant you got to keep Jerry Sloan for another 30 years.
I think that I waited to make my mind up about how I feel.
But then I saw Karl talk and I read Sam Smith’s article…and I felt stupid for ever thinking it was any other way.
Someone saw the leaves changing and the clouds forming…and they did something brash.
Now it is done.
I think the future is ultimately up to the Jazz themselves.
Either you think that new blood and room for new plays is the way of the future for this team and perhaps it is time for us to turn a corner.
Or like many Jazz fans you see the dark days coming back not unlike Sacramento after C Webb…an unwanted time warp back to the Salt Palace and 1979.
Deron has the talent.
We will see what kind of leader he is.
Because even though Ty was named head coach, with Jerry gone, now it’s Deron’s team.
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