My mother always dropped some sort of anecdotal metaphor on me and my sisters. The one most appropriate for this season:
"If you want to dance, you've got to pay the fiddler."
Well, please pay the goddamn fiddler. Even the national media, like NBA dudes are making note on NBA.com, a place where the Utah Jazz only get mentioned if they get crushed by a big-market squad.
Fran Blinebury wrote the following:
"It made sense at the time when veteran Jerry Sloan abruptly stepped down after more than two decades of running the show in Utah that ownership would want to try to keep the position in the family. Loyal soldier Corbin was the most logical choice for the job. There was a period of transition when the franchise was supposedly shifting from bottom rung playoff contender to laying the foundation of a youth movement. This was the season when that young lineup of Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Trey Burke was supposed to begin sprouting. That hasn’t happened and it doesn’t seem that Corbin has a solid plan of what he wants to or a firm hand on the tiller. The Jazz rank in the bottom third of the league in offensive rating and 29th of 30 teams on defense. That could have the likes of Hayward looking to bolt as a free agent this summer, putting a dent in the building process. While general manager Dennis Lindsey can continue collecting Draft picks and adding talent, it’s now equally important to have a new leader to guide them."
Earlier today I read something on the Trib about winning as many games as possible between now and the end...
Don't get me wrong. I say that you should always play hard, no matter what. This isn't about the personnel though. It's about short-term versus long-term goals. The long-term goal is to win. The short-term goal is to get better. And here's where some logic comes in.
Corbin's Logic: Win as many games right now in the short-term to keep his job long-term. And he's failed at that, losing over twice as many games as he's won.
The Logic That Should Have Been: Put a product on the floor that says you're invested in the long-term future of this team. Rudy Gobert, Ian Clark, and the F-5 are the building block of this logic. Corbin failed at this as well.
Corbin's Present Logic: Win as many games as possible between now and the end of the year to show improvement under the three Ds. This will undoubtedly fail. Players have given up on him.
The Logic That Should Be: Start the kids with Gobert and Clark first off the bench. Don't try to lose. Try to salvage by having wins in the get-better column that gets logged under minutes. If you lose in the process, no harm & no foul because it's not like you're forfeiting the playoffs. And in the long-term this also improves the team because it guarantees a higher pick in June.
On every single turn Corbin has been a giant failure, someone who couldn't read the original memo, someone who cannot now read the writing on the wall, someone with big-picture little-picture sight issues.
The three Ds haven't existed. The team has regressed. We're 29th in Defense in the entire NBA with Favors as our anchor. Our Development has been hindered. Our discipline...does anyone see this team as disciplined?
Steve Kerr? Lionel Hollins? Gene Hackman in Hoosiers? At this point, they cannot keep him, can they?