Posted by: Shauna Brock on August 9th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So, waiting in my inbox today was an email from NBA.com. It detailed Lebron’s moment in history (whatever he did) and of course, NBA.com’s off season grades. (I am sure many of you have seen this.) The Jazz came in ranked #24 on their grades, which made me scratch my head a bit. They dumped bad pieces and added new ones. I mean I didn’t expect them to come in at #1 and adding Allen was a really smart move for the Heat, but I really don’t know if I agree with any of the rankings.
So, in deference to our team, I give you, in really bad Letterman fashion, (including the halfhearted/snarky comedy) –
The top ten reasons I am excited for the upcoming season:
10 – No lockout reduced schedule. I hated last season. 66 games packed into too many nights, waiting for injury to take over. Tired players made for lazy and injury ridden basketball.
9 – The Heat have won their championship. Can we move on now? No? Okay. Cue extended griping about Lebron and how the Jazz were once up against Michael and now it’s Lebron and will we ever get a break?
8 – The team is moving into the modern era. I miss Larry as much as the next Jazz fan, but it’s time to move forward and it seems that a number of Jazz fans agree. Greg isn’t as hands on an owner as his father, but that’s okay. What he is, is clued in to the next step in business models. If it will make the team win, he’s willing to try it and that is something I appreciate.
7 – The Chicago Jazz are no more – with Kyle and Ronnie scattered off to other teams. This makes me feel a bit better about the world. As for the Jazz East (NJ/Brooklyn) well … I hope Deron has fun.
6 – Good-bye Raja. It almost pains me to say this, but in that way I feel pain watching a hated sports rival struggle in embarrassing fashion. Raja is one of my favorite players in the league because he doesn’t mince words. But he’s also a spoiled, whiny little brat who thinks he knows better than everyone else. That’s why one goes into coaching (or blogging.)
5 – Good-bye CJ. This one actually hurts. CJ is a good kid with a good heart. They could make TV movies about how all he wanted to do was play basketball and he finally made it but he always got in his own way. The movie by the way would end on the 40 point night he’s bound to drop on his former team and the final frame would be of a blogger talking about how the worst thing the Jazz ever did was let him go.
4 – Rivalries: The Lakers are in a rebuilding phase of their own and really, if the Dwight Howard deal goes down, are they that much better? I can’t wait to see Gordon drop 30 on Kobe again. Watching the Thunder throwing down against the rest in the West is going to be fabulous. That’s a rivalry I can’t wait to see develop with the Jazz. It’s already a pretty awesome one and the Jazz seem to have the Thunder’s number more often than not.
3 – Ty. He’s got a season and a half under his belt and this is his time to prove that he can do it. I think he can. I think it’s finally clicked for him. (Other than his love for Al. Dear Al, we love you but it’s time to go be a 15 and 9 player in Minnesota again.) If it doesn’t click, we’ll have plenty to talk about.
2 – The Players:
A) Mo Williams. I’ve always liked him and felt that he made a big mistake choosing money over the Jazz. I get that it’s a business, but I’ve always thought he just fit in better here.
B) Jeremy Evans.
C) Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward. Nuff said.
D) Paul Millsap. I am going to enjoy him for every second he’s still with this team and when he finally trots off to a place that can promise him a starting role, I’ll hope he enjoys Cleveland.
E) DeMarre Carroll. Some nights you want high energy over anything else. (See Jeremy Evans.)
F) Marvin Williams. I’ll bite and see what he brings.
G) Randy Foye. He’s a good, solid guy. I like that they’ve only given him a year, but I also have high hopes for what he can bring to the team. And yes, I love his story.
1 – Jazz 4.0. I’ve bought into it. Jerseys are in the rafters for a reason – to remember legacy, not to overshadow the present. And while at times fans might miss the power punch Deron brought to the team, I think we’re all glad for Derrick and even for (most of) the time we had with Devin. The Jazz still need a solid starting point guard with longevity. They need to get rid of Al, establish stability for Paul, and make sure Derrick is spending every spare moment working on his game.
Yeah, I lied. I said my next post would be about the new GM, but really what can I say that the others haven’t? Anyway, heaven forbid I post a dissenting opinion to American basketball superiority, but hey, without Stockton on the team how can you call it a dream? Oops, a bit snarky there. But feel free to go over and tell me how evil you think I am. And by the way, the US Women’s Soccer Team just won gold.
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