Hi there folks.
Most of you probably don't know me. I've been with this site for over 10 years now on a variety of nicknames. I was a moderator and contributor for quite some time under the nicknames asgaarder and AsgThunder. I was here before during and after the RealGM merge/unmerge. I was here during the Stockton and Malone days. I was here during the Deron/Boozer years and I'm still around altough mostly in the shadows and I'm not all that active anymore.
I'm speaking out at this point cause I believe the ranting as reached a fever pitch and a state that I haven't seen in 10 years. The event of the social media has created a forum where fans are stating their opinions often and loudly. And who are the ones that talk the most? The ones that are against the Status Quo. I know that's the case. I WAS ONCE the one bickering at the FO and arguing about some decisions. I don't want to be here preaching from a high horse. I'm not a better fan they you guys that disagree with the Status Quo nor am I worse than you. But I think ppl need to chill out and think for a while about what we're witnessing. First of all a refresh on Jazz history:
* Malone didn't start his first year.
* Stockton didn't start till his 4th year.
* S&M were ousted in the first round of the playoffs something like 5 times.
* It took S&M 13 years to reach the Finals.
* Even after playing 17 years together S&M only went to the WCF 5 times.
* The left block post up that fans like to really go after Al for was once a staple of the Jazz offense with Malone working from there.
* For many, MANY years the Jazz offense had little movement. There were no zone defenses allowed and the Jazz played the PnR on one side with the three other players (Eaton included) standing behind the 3 pt line on the other corner. (no one seemed to complain back then)
* I've seen time and again fans going after Sloan and now they act like he was some sort of wizard and should be back and that Ty is so, so bad although his team keeps winning.
What I'm trying to say is that I believe we should be patient. Winning isn't easy in the NBA. It wasn't in the S&M days. Developing talent isn't easy either. Tanking sometimes only leads to a whole lot of years being really bad. It's been just two years since Deron left and we've been in the playoff hunt since and still have 4 lottery picks on board. Other teams like the position the Jazz are in, seemingly only Jazz fans don't like the position their team is in.
Do I believe the FO is always right? No. Neither is the coaching staff. Am I saying to wait 17 years for a Finals appearance? No. Am I glad with the minutes played by the young players. Sometimes, other times I'm not happy at all. I wake up and try and figure out if the Jazz made a move. But in the end of the day I think they would be better suited not making a move at all. Increases the chances of going to the playoffs and simple cap space can be truly underestimated.
So in retrospect we're 4 games over .500, 7th seed in the West, 5 lottery picks on the roster, 2 draft picks coming up on a draft rich in the position the Jazz lack, and a ton of cap space moving forward. Is that really that bad?
PS: Sorry for the long post.