Posted by: Steve on January 22nd, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Just as any Jazz fan, i’ve been puzzled by the team’s slow starts and struggles to start our games. Even more puzzled as to how it has not changed now halfway through the season. As i watched the New Jersey game with my dad, we were yelling at the tv because of how bad we were playing, don’t judge you all do it too! haha Frustration though has settled in for me with this team, even at 27-17 and the national media “suprised at how well the jazz are playing,” i want more… I want to know whats behind these sluggish starts.
About a week ago i watched the Spurs play the Nuggets. Something has stuck with me as i watched the game, something that at the time meant nothing, but as i’ve watched the jazz its become a thorn in my side. The telecast for the Spurs game had a segment on the improvement of Richard Jefferson. They pointed out that Coach Popavich had gone back to the basics with RJ, specifically being in a lowered triple-threat stance, ready to catch and shoot. This is something that Jefferson struggled with last year and also what Coach P made RJ work on in the summer. We can all see the improvement he’s made. THEN, they went on to talk about how Popavich has done this with every single player on his team, making sure he is fundamentally sound.
Then it all came together for me: A TEAM IS A REFLECTION OF A COACH.
Think about it… Chicago Bulls have fully embraced there new style with Thibodeaux, DEFENSE. The Knicks and D’Antonio, “we will outscore you.” We’ve seen a change in the Mavericks under Rick Carlisle, as they’ve become a top defensive team. And like i said above, the Spurs are fundamentally sound.
So i got to thinking, what are we?(the utah jazz) Are we on offensive team? Are we a defensive team? Are we a fundamentally sound team? Are we a team that plays hard? Are we a team that plays smart? Are we team that makes changes or adapts to challenges? Can you give a definitive YES to any of those questions… NO, sometimes we are offensive, sometimes we are defensive, sometimes we play hard, etc… We just kind of go through the motions.
We are a “sometimes” team.
So, I’m here to call out coach Sloan and the rest of the staff. I feel they aren’t coaching this team the way it should be coached. I feel they are only coaching this team ”SOMETIMES.” As i’ve watched sloan on the sidelines, i wouldn’t say he’s uninterested but he looks disengaged, as if he has just been going through the motions. His postgame interviews, sound the same… every time. Giving the typical, “we gotta play harder.” I feel he is just going through the motions this season, i feel he hasn’t fully invested his time, energy, and knowledge. I feel he hasn’t coached!
So i hope Sloan makes some changes, not to the team or rotation, but i hope he changes HOW HE COACHES THIS TEAM… so this team can begin to reflect what we all know sloan is capable of.
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