Yeah, I love “jazz”. Would be a travesty if it got killed.
At this point, though, I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if Smith & Co. changed it. He seems bent on changing the image (and there are loads of people who still laugh at the association between “Utah” and “jazz”); and there are some shades of cultural appropriation here, too (not saying that I think this way... just saying that it’s possible to see the name in this light, and that might be an issue, dunno).
yeah I had a conversation with a few friends of mine back east... they said they didn't like the jazz at all because "just like white people always do, they take something of ours, stick it in the whitest place ever and call it theirs."
I do think conversations like that are happening behind the scenes in the NBA, so I do think we see the Jazz name changed or returned to NO in our lifetime.
What is stupid about that concept is that no one in the league, including their own fans, know what the **** that means. No one. Not a single fan turns on their team playing the jazz and says "hey look those ugly green jerseys, they earned those from the playoffs". They just say "my god those are seriously ****ing ugly jerseys" and that's that.
I feel like this is Ryan's way of making it his own. I also feel like somewhere there is an old spiral notebook, maybe a trapper-keeper folder, with a black and white jazz logo that Ryan used to show his friends in Jr. High and they would say "that's so cool, that's what the jazz logo should be". Maybe it was a yellow notebook. And ever since he would take it out from it's hiding place, and lovingly gaze at it saying "someday".
And now that day has come.
And it will indeed suck every but as hard as most every other idea any 14-year-old ever came up with that their friends called "cool".
I hope more folks will push back on Twitter but sounds like Ryan Smith has his mind made up. There are a number of changes being made that make little sense in my opinion. I wonder who Smith is listening to for advice.
I’m sure I’m just the old guy screaming “Get off my lawn!” but damn the Jazz have messed with their logo/colors wayyyyy too much over the years.
IMO, the J-Note serves as one of the coolest logos in all of sports. I didn’t like it when they changed to the mountain jerseys, the D-Will/Boozer era rebrand seemed to have zero logic behind it and the uni’s/color combo was bland and uninspiring.
I was THRILLED when the team went back to the J-Note along with the color change. I think our current Association uni’s are one of the cleanest looks in all of sports.