What do Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard have in common? Quite a lot actually (except for Bynum's knees). Both are a dominate inside force. They block shots, play great defense, and push everyone else around. They’re bullies. Both in the past 2-3 years have made significant strides with their offensive game and face double teams repeatedly. Do you remember their offensive game 2-3 years ago though? Not much there besides open put-back or alley-oop dunks. What happened? Real position coaching happened. The Lakers gave Andrew Bynum hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Magic gave Dwight Howard hall of famer Patrick Ewing. It wasn’t a one year transformation from offensive dud-to-stud but it took each of them a few years to develop, and have they ever. With Bynum the Lakers are Championship contenders, without they fall short. . . and maybe lose round 1. With Howard the Magic won 2 playoff games, without they get swept or don’t even make the playoffs. Anyway, we all know how important each player is to their respective team. The point is that both these guys were initially big dudes with a defensive presence down low with loads of potentially that needed someone to help them harness that potential. The Jazz have a player in a similar situation. . . Derrick Favors!
I was a huge skeptic of Favors when he got here and was sick and tired of hearing about all of the potential this guy because I just didn’t see it the few times I watched him before. After giving it some time, my eyes were suddenly opened and I was finally able to see the light. This guy was just like they all said he was, loaded with potential. A little flash here and a little sparkle there. He had enough eye-opening plays to convince me that this guy is our future at PF. Like Bynum and Howard, he has already proven to be a defensive presence down low. Also like Bynum and Howard, Favors needs a hall of fame position coach. May I suggest Karl Malone? Karl declared just two months ago that he would one day be a head coach in the NBA. Every coach needs to start somewhere right? How about right here in Utah along-side Favors. Just think of the possibilities. Favors would learn how to chisel his body the right way to avoid injury. He would learn what hard work can do. He would learn low and high post moves that made Malone a two-time MVP. He would learn how to run the floor and score in transition just like Malone did each and every game over and over again. I can go on and on but you all remember Karl.
This is my plea to Jazz management and coaching staff to make a phone call to Mr. Malone. He just might be the key to the next Jazz success story.