The trouble with being average, is that the national media stays away from you. I get about 40 email notices a day about our Utah Jazz . Most of them are local writers/blogs and the rest are fantasy sports sites. Occasionally we get some national coverage. Having said this, I try to mix it up every week.
• Much has been made of the Great Utah Frontcourt Logjam Of 2012, but just as Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter have been struggling for minutes, so has Alec Burks. And in a way, he is just as much a victim of the frontcourt as the actual big men. Yes, Burks has been objectively terrible in the few minutes he’s seen so far, but in so few minutes, that could just be a fluke. What isn’t a fluke is his lack of a shooting ability. Burks’ slashing game could eventually translate to a meaningful career, but playing him above Randy Foye (Utah’s only acceptable floor spacer to date) or Gordon Hayward (probably the team’s best perimeter playmaker) is simply not viable for a squad that already shrinks the floor to the size of a pin head. It has become my secret hope that Burks is involved in the eventual Millsap and/or Jefferson trade – nobody is at fault, here, but the sophomore just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the roster.
I love the part at the bottom, it is nobody's fault. Can you really bench Foye or Hayward to get Burks significant minutes. Can you take away minutes from Carroll who has been everywhere lately. I also thinks Burks can play... it's one of those "catch 22" situations.
Carroll is a great example on how statistics do not necessarily paint a complete picture of a player’s impact on the game. Sure, points, rebounds, and assists are good benchmarks, but those are easily skewed.
Carroll does non stat sheet stuff: The hockey assist, or the pass to setup the the assist. He plays tenacious D on guards bringing the ball up the court, he deflects passes (a stat kept by Jazz assistant coaches), he brings fire and passion to the game. I think he will be resigned this off season. I have a hard time see the jazz let a hustle guy go, especially when he is playing well in his 18 minutes a game.
So what’s second on my wish list? I hate to alienate anyone here, but it’s that fans would calm the hell down. Nearly everyone I follow (Jazz-wise) on Twitter was all fire and brimstone after the Houston and Clippers losses (including, admittedly, me). This is still a young team, both in average age and in intra-team relationships, with a young coaching staff, a brand-new GM, and a young(ish) owner/CEO. The team is going to suffer some embarrassing losses, but that’s how you learn.
This is not Larry's, Jerry's, John's, Karl's, or Deron's Utah Jazz. This is something new. We will not be what we had, or who we were before. Things have changed. The league has changed. I agree that growing pains suck, and it's hard to watch sometimes, but wishing/wanting what we used to have makes what we currently have lose it's value.
Does this performance strengthen the "Trade Jefferson" argument, or does Toronto's incompentence make this example invalid?
To each his own.... There is not enough room in this post to argue/debate/entertain the many opinions of this quote. Let's do it in the comments. What say ye?
The week's best tweets courtesy of Jeff Lind on SaltCityHoops.
Jefferson might have said something dumb, it probably happens to most people, but the Jazz are winning because of him, not despite his lack of motivation and hatred of winning. After the Nuggets game last Monday he sat quietly with a fire burning as he answered questions.
This was in the Game Notes From Earlier in the week on CBS.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin took time to visit Utah State's Danny Berger, who collapsed Tuesday during basketball practice and had to be revived by a trainer. Berger, 22, is recovering at a Salt Lake City area hospital and was upgraded to fair condition. "He's part of Utah. We're Utah," said Corbin, who also has a son who plays college basketball. "He's a kid that's had a tough time in Utah. We feel his pain. If I could say anything encouraging to him and fight his way through it, that's what it's about. I was just trying to support the kid."
I would have to say that this was a decision that Ty made on his own. I don't know all of the details about the trip, or if he was the only one that went up to the hospital, but either way, this was a classy move by Ty.
Utah Jazz on Flickr... some pretty fantastic pictures