Posted by: Shae on October 18th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s no secret that the Utah Jazz have some of the most dedicated fans. Even other teams recognize Utah has great fans. Last year, during the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony said, referring to Jazz fans, “they love they’ Jazz.” Yeah, at least he got that right. We definitely do. And what’s not to love about the Jazz. They epitomize consistency, work ethic, and team play. They have a “call it as you see it” type coach that’s tough as any in the NBA, not to mention he’s been around as long as I’ve been alive. They have a great organization that has produced one of the most successful franchises over the past 30 years. They boast some of the game’s greatest players in John Stockton and Karl Malone. The Jazz are a classy team. That’s all there is to it.
One reason I personally love watching the Jazz is the emphasis on player development, something that, in my opinion, is undervalued throughout the league. In an era when superstar power is the focus, the Jazz, as one columnist wrote, “keep mining talent.” The Jazz place a high priority on developing each player and giving them the chance to succeed. That’s one of the funnest things to watch in my opinion, and one of the things I focus on when the NBA season roles around. I want to see how CJ develops into his role, whether he starts or looks to bring a spark off the bench. I want to see what Millsap can do now with Boozer gone. I want to see how Hayward develops as a rookie and how he responds to the rigor of the NBA. I want to see how Jefferson and Bell meld with the team and I want to see every player respond to Sloan’s expectation to be ready when he calls their number. I want to see how well the Jazz play as a team and if they can respond to the tough stretches and bounce back. I want to see how the Jazz do on the road. I want to see the Jazz fight back from a fourth quarter deficit on the road and pull out a win. I want to see how the Jazz develop and compete as much as I want to see them win, and that’s what I would focus on if I were given the chance to write about the Jazz twice a week. The development of players and the team as a whole is really the best part of sports in my opinion, and what the Jazz are all about, and I think that’s why the fans love they’ Jazz.
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