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The Jazz needs a new leader

I'm getting tired of Deron William's inconsistent play.  At his stature (All-Star), he should have matured enough to be a consistent player night in and out.  The point guard is the soul of the team.  Teammates look to their point guard for guidance.  If Deron has a lack luster attitude, it shows, and that negative energy will rub onto his teammates.  He never seemed like a true leader.  Sure, he's talented and has plenty of skills but I'm talking about leadership, that vibe that one has which keeps your teammates ready and hungry; you know like for say John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, LeBron James to name a few.  A leader will show up day in and day out, work hard, and always be a reliable person, motivating teammates when they're down, uniting the team with that leadership.  I won't ask for much, just that consistent play.  Consistent play means reliability and maturity.  Without such qualities as the leader of a team, I fear that the team wont go far.  And yes, I am challenging Deron William's character.

You go out on the road and play horrible against a weak team (Sacramento) and apologize for it (admission of guilt) and get angry (another sign of immaturity) and shoot the lights off against Houston, then play horrible on the road against another bad team (Clippers).  I can't handle all these mood swings in attitude and production.

Next, he's a turnover hog.  To be exact, 5th in the league right after LeBron James (and without James's production).  In Jerry Sloan's discipline orientated play scheme this cannot be allowed or tolerated.  I cringe when I see all those turnovers.  What else can I say?

The Jazz traded up to get Deron Williams when Chris Paul was there to take.  Why?  Because Deron has a bigger body (and that makes him a better defender and more durable. how absurd is that?)  Don't start with defense because I wasn't planning on going there tonight.  He is not a good defender.  Period.  Simply stated, Chris Paul is the better defender.  Heck, Chris Paul is a better shooter (both FG% and FT%) and scorer, rebounder, passer, stealer, and has 1 less turnover per game.

I might have been too harsh today.  Maybe my standards are up high since I grew up watching Stockton and Malone play like work horses day in and day out.  Or maybe because we're nearing the playoffs (with the race being tight) when the team needs to be in fifth gear but instead plays like its November.

Deron, let's get this team together, committed, and driven.  Play like you love playing ball and guide this team to a successful playoff run.

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