Most Jazz fans remember the 2003-2004 season. The team was coming out of the Stockton to Malone era with a lot of question marks. Frank Hughes (whatever happened to that clown?), a Sonics beat writer, predicted that there would be a new "This is the Place" monument in town. This one would be right by the Delta Center and would say "This is The Place.......where the worst team in the history of professional basketball played its games."
That team was fun. They didn't win as much as we were used to, but they competed. They played as a team, and we were proud of them. To me, it is still an absolute travesty that Sloan did not win Coach of the Year that season. (The fact that he never won it, and Phil has only won it once shows that award has no credibility, but thats a DT,DD)
As I scanned my twitter timeline tonight, it hit me.
This Jazz team is fun.
As fans, we are having fun with this team. They are fun to watch.
After the drama that reared its ugly head last year, this is just what the doctor ordered for the loyal Jazz fan.
We have young guys stepping up to the plate. Its fun to imagine what Favors, Kanter, Hayward, and Burks will someday be. They are learning the game and having moments where we just go nuts for them.
The veterans are doing things the right way. I have always been proud of the fact that the Jazz are playing the game the right way. We don't have yahoos like Vince Carter or Allen Iverson who love to freelance for forty minutes a night, we have guys who want to win and play the right way.
On a given night, we don't always know who, but someone is stepping up and carrying us to victory. And again, its fun to follow these guys again.
Jazz fans are the best in the NBA, and I don't think thats even debatable. Without a doubt the most passionate. But I can feel it being taken to a whole new level. We want so bad for these guys to be successful. There is a buzz around this team that I haven't felt in a long time.
Am I predicting a title? No, certainly not. A lot of work to do. But I feel that this team is going in the right direction. We don't have any players who clearly want to leave, or are out for themselves. We have guys who want to be here and play hard. And that makes it fun.
Sometimes, thats all you need. Just a little fun.