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Mason Plumlee as our 14?
Cue boos from the ESA draft party crowd, and a #SMH from me...
9 months, 1 week 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.
9 months, 1 week 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/
9 months, 3 weeks 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...)
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 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.
10 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....
10 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!
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 1 week 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...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on To Ty Or Not To Ty? That Is The Question
@Airpascual @airpascual I also have a theory that Jazz fans are way overselling some of the youthful talent on this team, but that's a story for another day. I think right now we have one, maybe two players who could be second or third options on a contending team. I don't think we have a player that is at the level of being a top guy on a contender. Hayward isn't that, but I'm afraid fans are afraid to admit that.
@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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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.