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Mason Plumlee as our 14?
Cue boos from the ESA draft party crowd, and a #SMH from me...
1 year, 10 months ago on USN NBA Mock Draft 2.0
@brianspittler I get that, but as far as measurable impact (wins), I'm not sure if Hornacek can change much on the Suns team next year. I hope that he can succeed in the long haul, and I hope Phoenix gives him time to do so, but it's a rough situation he's inherited.
1 year, 11 months ago on Hornacek Departs, Malone Arrives
I'll preface this by saying that Al Jefferson is one of my favorite Jazzmen of the recent past, but that I don't want him back next year.
In all seriousness, I think that they way that these guys get their points is a bit different. With Randolph (from what I notice when I watch) does his work to get open before the ball comes to him, and goes to work while the ball is still working around the perimeter or inside with Marc Gasol.
Jefferson, on the other hand, does a lot of his work with the ball, and stagnates things a bit more when he initiates his offense (though it's not his fault that 4 other players stop moving once he catches it-but I don't blame them 100% either).
This is strictly "eye-test" and maybe I'm completely off base here, but I love watching Z-Bo shake free down low while his teammates pick their spots while they wait for him.
Again, love Big Al, but it just seems like things get stuck, on both end of the floor, and they will as long as he is the focal point. I shared those thoughts here: http://utahsportsnet.com/blog/2013/03/21/utah-jazz-role-play/
1 year, 11 months ago on Of Models And Memphis: NBA Team Building And The Utah Jazz
"an argument could be made that Jefferson is the better player"
Whatever. ZBo's 3P% is over 3x what Jefferson's is.
Best college player in Utah? Maybe...
Heisman Candidate? Not likely, in my opinion. Maybe I suck though.
I think the preseason will be the only time throughout the season that Chuckie will get "serious" Heisman talk.
(Unfortunately, I think all of the "Big Three" in Utah college football have pretty tough seasons this year, comparative to expectations. Maybe I'm just setting myself up to not be as disappointed...)
1 year, 11 months ago on Chuckie Keeton: Utah’s Undeniable State Football Leader
that last statement had nothing to do with on court talent. It had to do with me watching Mark Jackson outcoach my Coach of the Year pick in the first round, and so far he's giving the consensus "best coach in the game" a run for his money 3 games into round 2.He's done pretty swell, in my opinion.
1 year, 11 months ago on Can The Jazz Make The Playoffs In 2014?
@SpencerDurrant Throwing 4 young guys out there is going to be rough for a bit. It may take another season or maybe two before we see the strides that many fans expect. I think we have a good core, but with no player currently on the roster better than Hayward, we are not near serious contender status.
Interesting to hear people point to the Warriors success this year in the playoffs as the reason that the Jazz can't keep following the model that they do. It's been a nice run, and they have put together a nice team, and maybe tanking last year helped that. I just find it crazy that one good run into the second round (and maybe the conference finals) erases fans' memories of the last 20+ Warriors seasons. The Jazz should take note of some of the good things the Warriors have done, sure, but that model is just as hard to follow as the "OKC Model."
Also, it's hard to see Mark Jackson be a better coach than the one we have. #Poop
@ballhard23 Ranking Rose (who hasn't played a minute in over a year) no. 2 isn't good enough for you? I love Rose, man, but being healthy the last year definitely has to be considered when ranking them.
I also missed the part where I said Kyrie would be better than Rose?
I respect your opinion, but can't help feeling that this is a bit of an overreaction? I'm not taking shots at Rose by ranking him #2. Frankly, I don't think that many people would have him that high if you were ranking PG's right now.
1 year, 11 months ago on Ranking The NBA’s Starting Point Guards
@TheCrossbarRSL "I'm not sure why you're calling it "fidgeting with the lineup" when nearly every decision up top has been dictated by injury — that's not a case of indecision but of necessity."
With your eyes closed, you wouldn't know if you're talking about Kreis or Ty Corbin....
1 year, 11 months ago on RSL Roster Depth and Inconsistent Line-ups
I'm glad I stepped aside and let the football heads talk this week! I couldn't have added anything more than what you guys said. Good job!
1 year, 11 months ago on USN Podcast #11 – The Big Salty Football Preview
@minutemandan I guess, when you look at starting and/or All-Star caliber PG's in the NBA, there is a recent history of grabbing very quality guys in the teens and 20's of the first round. I guess it's possible. I've been flip/flopping a lot between MCW/McCollum/Kabongo et al.
Just give me Burke and I'm in heaven.
1 year, 12 months ago on Promontory Sports Summit: Stay Or Go?
@m_england83 I'm excited for what Lindsey will bring to the table. It's not like we snagged our new GM from the Bobcats or Magic. This dude came from the Spurs. It's sounding like KOC will be officially handing over the reins sometime really soon.
He'll definitely be making the tough decisions. I'm just hoping for a bit more "balls" in big moments like draft night and crunch time before trade deadlines. I don't think KOC has done a "bad" job (no one can no what offers were on the table this year that were turned down-I have a hunch there was nothing special), but it will be nice to have some new blood. I agree with you that this could be monumental as far as shaping the future of this team is concerned.
1 year, 12 months ago on Dennis Lindsey: A New Hope – The Start of A New Era
@minutemandan The closer we get to this draft, the more I'm becoming convinced that unless the Jazz can somehow move up to get Trey Burke, there isn't a PGOTF (Point Guard of the Future) for the Jazz in this draft. Just a hunch I guess. I'd like MCW a lot more if he could shoot a lick.
@m_england83 @Airpascual @CanadianBraeden Dallas too. The Eastern Conference sounds pretty nice right about now...
2 years ago on To Ty Or Not To Ty? That Is The Question
@Airpascual @CanadianBraeden That is definitely an interesting thought. I'd be surprised if they went young and didn't take a step back. Even if technically most positions would be an improvement, these kids just don't have the experience of starting 82 games in a season. I think it's reasonable to expect a step back (and the expectation of a step back would help fans not be chanting for mass suicide on Twitter halfway through next season).
Honestly, I don't think a step back would be a bad thing. Give the youngs the experience. Get a decent pick a a great draft next offseason, and take it from there...
We'll see what happens...
@Clintonite33 It might have been the fact that once you hit "on air" it takes ten seconds to actually start broadcasting/recording. I did the same thing when I hosted the 2nd (?) one. Cut off the first part of intros with Rick Aaron.
2 years ago on USN Podcast#10 – The Dime Edition
Funny, I was the only one who voted for him in our awards roundtable last week....I must be really smart.
2 years ago on NBA Postseason Awards: Marc Gasol Gets His Due
@j32jam The interesting part about this argument, which I think is completely valid, is that I think that HDTV's and rising ticket prices are playing as much, if not more, of a factor when it comes to attendance. In spite of the recent reign of Ty, I believe the Jazz have stayed pretty regular as far as their attendance record league-wide. They finished this year about where they normally do, unless I'm mistaken. Attendance and ticket sales are down league wide though, so I don't know if you can peg that on Corbin.
In contrast, I think a casual fan cares more about the record of the team than who the coach is. For example, if the young kids play more next year, I think a lot of the socially-connected and "diehard" fans would be pretty stoked about it, but if the team finishes with like 29 wins, you'd see a bigger dip in attendance than you did this year. I could be wrong, that's just an assumption...
@m_england83 @SpencerDurrant It's a very real possibility that the team has a major down year next year. I think expectations should be set for the team (once it's put together) and Ty. Some benchmarks need to be set, and met, and the team can carry on from there.
I think, no matter what the win-loss record looks like, Ty needs next year to coach without his hands tied by a roster, and we'll see what happens from there. If he shows more improvement, he could start looking like a long-term solution. If it's more of the same...it may be time to move on.
@SpencerDurrant @CanadianBraeden @slcdunk I'm not sure about Enfield, but Brad Stevens is intriguing. I'm curious about how his game would translate. To be in back-to-back national title games as a small-time school was pretty dang impressive to me.
Plus, we have Hayward. #NaturalFit.
Bring in Dave Rose!
Got a reply back from @slcdunk saying that the Euro dude to be keeping an eye on would be David Blatt, who looks to be currently a head coach in Russia.
Feel free to Wiki him, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Blatt
Interesting, for sure...better option than the continued loop of hired/fired NBA guys?
@SpencerDurrant @CanadianBraeden If either Dallas or Chicago part ways with either of those guys in the near future, they'd be morons. I don't think anything going on with Rose will affect Thibs. He'll be there for a while, I'd imagine.
With that, I'd gladly take either of them here. Stellar coaches.
I wish I knew more about college or overseas coaches. I've seen some suggest over on @slcdunk that it'd be cool to get some fresh blood from over there, but I don't know anyone who actually knows enough about Euro Ball to weigh in...
@SpencerDurrant Not a D'Antoni fan myself. Sure, his offense is great. But the Jazz need significant defensive improvement. Start there. Need someone who can get this team to play on the defensive end. (Need the right personnel also-paging DL).
@jermsguy I'm not feeling it for Jennings, Teague, or really any PG in the league that we could potentially get. Unless we're getting one of the two PG's on the Clippers current roster, I'd be careful in shoveling out big money.
Draft, or wait until next year. Sure, PG is a priority, but it's not like we're contending next year. Be patient.
2 years ago on Moving Forward – A Look Into The Utah Jazz’s Future
I just remember a couple seasons back, while he was still in Denver, him catching an alley-oop and then just doing a nonchalant 360 as he threw it down. Ridiculous athlete. Glad to have seen his game mature this season. Crazy dude, but he's fun as heck to watch.
2 years ago on NBA Postseason Awards: The Enigmatic JR Smith
Hilarious story: When Matthew was here, my family was at the Jazz/Suns game and we were able to meet him (thanks again to @jedizaugg for putting those together). Anyway, my two year old had a full Jazz sweatsuit on, and Matt said to her "I really like your jumper!"
I don't know if it was that she didn't really know what a "jumper" is, or she didn't quite understand Matthew's new accent, or that she just doesn't like boys (thank goodness!), but she wasn't having any of his attempted compliments. I found it pretty funny myself!
That being said, it's really fun to be able to meet some of the fans from out of country. See you next year, Matthew! @UKno1jazzfan
2 years ago on The Amazing Story Of International Utah Jazz Fan Matthew Welch
The difference between the two is minimal. Plus, Deron Williams has often dominated Chris Paul head-to-head but that doesn't mean he's a better PG.
2 years ago on Ranking The NBA’s Starting Point Guards
I'm wondering what people are thinking about the "negativity" conversation. I hope more will be willing to leave a quick comment with their thoughts about it.
2 years ago on USN Podcast #9 – Ben Bagley Guest Stars
@jermsguy Brain Fart-Meant Donald Sterling, not Dan Gilbert.
2 years ago on Western Conference First Round Playoffs Preview
@SpencerDurrant I concede this race. My wife thinks I'm hot. Spencer needs a wife in two years.
Besides, I'm perfectly satisfied knowing that @jermsguy thinks I'm dead sexy.
@jermsguy Interesting thought. It sounds like Phil Jackson would never work for Dan Gilbert though. He apparently hates him with a special kind of hate.
Who's going to take the Cleveland job with Irving already there and the possibility that LeBron comes home?
Is Jerry going to take another job this year?
@jermsguy It's crazy how much is still up in the air considering most teams only have one game left. Much will be decided in the next day or two, including seedings, home court advantage, lottery order...etc.
2 years ago on Three Days In April: A Look At The Race For The Eighth Seed
I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much, but the closer we get to this Memphis game, the more positive I'm becoming...
The things we sports fans do to ourselves...
While I'm impressed with the recent run on the road, and the fact that we beat Minny back to back, I'm not confident about our chances to beat Memphis on the road, especially if they're still playing for the chance to have homecourt advantage over the Clippers in the first round.
Please, prove me wrong!
2 years ago on Three Days in April: The Race for the Eighth Seed
Regardless of how you may feel about Kobe as a Jazz fan, this dude is an all-time great, and this sucks! I watch him in awe of his competitiveness. I watch the standings in fear knowing that the Lakers were lurking behind the Jazz all year, and he willed them into playoff position. The NBA is better with players like Kobe on the court, and I plan on seeing him back sooner than we think.
2 years ago on Why Jazz Fans Should Feel Bad For Kobe Bryant
Fun seeing the Twitter backlash for DPOY and Sixth Man. @Mrs__NBA is out there getting her troll on :)
2 years ago on Promontory Sports Summit: NBA Regular Season Awards
@m_england83 It's so hard to define-that's what made it hard for me to give the award to a particular player. To me, the jumps made by Vasquez and Vucevic can't be ignored, but they both play on bad teams while James Harden took a Houston team to the playoffs. Noting also that before his arrival, Houston was pegged to be one of the worst teams in the conference by many analysts.
Having Harden in Houston has proved to make Parson, Asik, and Lin all more effective players. I don't think that they would have been as successful either personally or as a team if Harden was not there making it all work together.
Does that make Harden the most improved? Not sure. But I'm starting to talk myself into including him in the top 5 of my MVP list...
Interesting to look back at this article now, the day after what is possibly the best-coached game that we've seen from Ty Corbin this season.
Much like when things go wrong, some of the credit is with the players in getting that win at GSW. Mo Williams played fantastic, and everyone seemed to have a role (one of my biggest complaints about this season has been the lack of roles) and be filling them in the most effective ways possible. While the players deserve their due credit, Ty Corbin made some of the game adjustments and late-game substitutions that fans have been clamoring for all season long.
...if only he was now getting as much credit from fans as he does blame for the losses.
2 years ago on Who’s On The Hot Seat?
@saltcityhoops @minutemandan @Clintonite33 I didn't think anything that Spencer said in that 5-on-5 was very out of line at all. He acknowledged that it was a pretty slim chance for the Jazz, but that the Spurs are facing an uphill battle to the finals, despite holding the West's best record.
If the Jazz squeak out two games, I'm fairly satisfied. If they somehow beat the Spurs, I'm shocked, but would be ecstatic.
2 years ago on Utah Jazz Control Their Own Playoff Destiny Once Again
@minutemandan @Clintonite33 Please do this. And please, take me with you.
@Clintonite33 @minutemandan Salt City Hoops, on today's 5 on 5 on ESPN.com.
Pretty crazy, indeed. Crazier things have happened though. I'd be more confident if it was still a 5-game series format in the first round, then we could pull an epic Nuggets over Sonics type upset...
That being said, if it does happen, I'm holding you to that, Dan.
@jermsguy Playoffs here we come!
2 years ago on PostGame Euphoria #PHXatUTA
ONE MORE DAY until we announce the winner! I'm pretty excited!
2 years, 1 month ago on “Mailman” Shirt Giveaway
@ScottMcHardy Hilarious play. I didn't catch it until the day after, and it made me chuckle. Love how Davies kept his hand up in the air afterwards. Just funny all around.
2 years, 1 month ago on “Consolation” Tournament Run Continues for BYU Basketball
@minutemandan Very good Dan. People often point out that in wins, Al has more PPG than in losses, meaning that he plays better in wins. BUT, really in losses, he generally has the same number of shots, meaning that if he shoots a high percentage and scores efficiently the Jazz do well. If he doesn't? The Jazz are off their game and the offense doesn't work. Cue loss.
2 years, 1 month ago on Utah Jazz Role Play
@jermsguy Heck, could Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, or Derrick Favors be that guy if Al didn't come back next year?
@jermsguy Could Paul Millsap be that guy if Al wasn't here and he was able to more engaged in an offense that actually involved him and get back some of his fire and hustle on defense?
This was REALLY fun last night. Seriously.
2 years, 1 month ago on USN Podcast #5: Soundboard