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The Downbeat #1116 - The Most Influential Edition

Ethan Miller

I know some of you read the title to this Downbeat and expected to see a list of how SLC Dunk wields such awesome power in the sphere of Utah Jazz influence.  Alas, this is not that list.

On Friday the Salt Lake Tribune released its list of the most influential people in Utah sports. The winner?

The Jazz’s ownership is trusting Lindsey’s long-term view to a degree that merits his No. 1 position in The Salt Lake Tribune’s annual ranking of the 25 Most Influential People in Utah Sports.

I believe it also worth noting that not only have the Miller's bought in to DL's plan, but fans have as well.  There is an enthusiasm surrounding this team that we have not had since the WCF run in 2007 and Lindsey's presence coincides with this bold and exciting new direction.

Also on the list at #7 are the Miller triumvirate (Gail, Greg, Steve).  Of course the Jazz are the biggest reason, but they also rank on this list because of their influence in other sports, namely: The Tour of Utah and the various Miller Autosports events.

The surprising inclusion comes at #8 where Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are tied.  Kurt Kragthorpe has this to say about the Jazz's young players:

Jazz management is essentially turning over the 2013-14 season to these fourth-year players, giving them every opportunity to assert themselves, while evaluating them as potential franchise cornerstones.

Another "You know we are in the barren wasteland of NBA news part of the offseason" moment:

The biggest thing on the internet about the NBA was about Russell Westbrook's outfit at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.

In more offseason "news", today marks the end of an era:

Be at ease because the mustache basketball shall not be forgotten:

In all seriousness, I hope you guys have the SBNation NBA page bookmarked as one you check daily because Tom Ziller, Paul Flannery, and the rest of the guys do really great work.

Last Friday, Peter made a return to the Downbeat.  In it he went to his forte and gave us all a healthy dose of CBA content, which lead to some great discussions.  For the record, I happen to agree with Peter's position and did not like the trade.  I tend to be more of a "wait and see" type of person, so any harsh judgment or criticism should be reserved until we see how things play out.  I also don't think that's what Peter was doing.  He (along with Kevin Pelton and Zach Lowe) did a good job of simply stating the alternative that must be considered if one is to "grade" he offseason moves the Jazz made.

On a final and unrelated note, it is good to be back in SLC.  I look forward to putting together more meet-ups during the season and I am still working on the details for a SLC Dunk basketball league.