I was thinking about this at the game last night. Greg Miller is a businessman, first and foremost. I think it's obvious that he doesn't have the same passion for this team that Larry did.
Is Greg (and other management) just managing this team to fill seats & run a viable business? Because I'm sure they know that as long as the team "competes" and contends for a playoff spot, ANY playoff spot, they will fill the seats pretty well, and they will keep selling a decent amount of merchandise. This fan base is loyal enough to ensure that. Is this the #1 goal of the powers that be?
The Jazz are fortunate to have some of the craziest, loudest fans in the league, if not THE loudest. So as long as the team is at least mediocre, the fans show up and Greg makes a buck.
But I was at the game last night and saw a lot of discontented, angry fans. I heard boos, along with things like, "pull your heads out Jazz," "you guys suck," and yes, "get a new coach." Not from everyone of course, but from many. That stuff can be heard in probably any arena on any given night, but as you all know, last night was just BAD for basically the full 48 minutes. If this stuff continues, I can see Greg's (presumed) fill the seats and we're successful strategy backfiring as fans realize how bad the coaching is, and as a result, see how clueless our players are as to running any real system on the floor. People will stop coming in droves because it's not fun anymore. It's depressing. It's not depressing because we're fair-weather fans, it's depressing because we do love the team and know they should be better than that.
We pay a lot of money to go to games. We spend even more money on food, hats, t-shirts and bumper stickers. We sign up for cable TV so we can watch every game. We yell and scream until our throats hurt. Yes, real fans always love the team, but it gets to a point where we start realizing we deserve better than the show we are getting. For me it's getting there right now...it's not so fun anymore, it's hard to watch.
To quote Remember the Titans, "attitude reflects leadership." This team has some very good talent that isn't being used properly. As long as management is concerned primarily with just running a viable business, things won't change much. No risks will be taken, no major strides will be made. What we need is team ownership and management, from the top down, to want to win titles, not just win enough.