Posted by: Stephen Loveless on January 18th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
These last two weeks have given fans of the Utah Jazz a lot to think about. There is much to be proud of and much to hope for. Most people, Jazz fans included, weren’t expecting much out of such a young team. After all, this is a team that has just seen the departure of a superstar and the stepping down of a legendary coach. It’s not common for any team to come back a season later and really be worth watching.
With everything that has been blogged, tweeted, texted, spoken, and felt, it was easy to believe Jazz fans had nothing to believe in. Perhaps the Jazz were never given “due process”. The legal terminology is much more convoluted than the everyday understanding that due process involves giving the accused the chance to defend himself. It occurred to me that none of the press I’d seen had come from anyone inside the organization.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the honest opinions of coaches, players, and executives before the season began? Were they hopeful? Doubtful? Wishful? Confident?
We’ve seen glimpses of greatness but we really saw what the Jazz can do when they beat Denver on the road. It was nice to finally see a Utah team that didn’t panic or throw in the towel when the going got tough and the clock started to run down. They stayed calm, cool, and collected.
Jazz fans can’t help but be ecstatic about where the team is and where they are headed. True, there are much tougher stretches ahead. But for a bunch of youngsters with an untested coach they are playing brilliant basketball.
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