Could ex-Jazzers beat our current team? And what does that say about management?
Picture this starting lineup:
DWill, Matthews, AK, Boozer, Koufos
Maynor, RB, Korver, CJ, KHump as reserves
Revise this a little to what we could have had: Keep Millsap after trading Boozer, trading CJ or RB (probably CJ), drafting or signing a defensive Center, PG (releasing RPrice), and another 3-point shooter -- and we have a team that could be contending rather than what we do have.
This might be more in the realm of fantasy because salary implications are not figured in. But it kind of shows how things became screwed up when we let Matthews walk, leading to DWill disenchantment, Jerry being P-O'd -- both of those are facts -- and the tensions increasing between Jerry and DWill, and the team falling apart and needing to rebuild on the fly with a new coach. I believe it all started with letting Matthews walk. I wonder how things might've been different if Larry had been alive to make the decision whether or not to pay Matthews.
This whole scenario has really eroded my interest in the Jazz because I was strongly against the move to let Matthews walk, against letting Maynor go, wanted to trade Boozer and promote Millsap early on -- maybe getting a new coach but not the second coming of Jerry. Imagine if we got D'Antoni and how that would've made DWill even better, because D'Antoni would've reinforced DWill's skills, allowed for a more freelance style that would've been good for AK, and provided us with a very exciting team. It's all pure fantasy now. I wonder though how it would've been if Larry had still been with us.