While I still believe this about Ryan Smith, I feel more shaky about it than I did 4 or 5 months ago. I do think that Ryan cares deeply about how this franchise and state are perceived and I do think that his intentions are pure. At the same time, I see moves like bringing in a guy like Danny Ainge, who’s career appeared to be at the end of the road and who doesn’t seem to be well liked across the league, and it puzzles me. When Danny was exiting Boston, he made some extremely tone deaf comments in regards to the role race plays in Boston sports and it upset a lot of players. Hiring him to run your basketball operations seems to run counterproductive to the very change you’re trying to implement here in Utah. I understand that Ryan has some very deep roots with BYU, but I worry that he’s trying to serve two masters.Over our entire franchise history, we have been an odd ball in the league. Players have refused playing for us. People have bashed us. Some have mocked us. We have contended for two seasons, but our stars of that era weren't the type guys to bring us tons of fanfare and popularity.
I have faith that Ryan, Dwayne Wade and company will make us a more desirable location. They can't make us "cool", but they can make us less "undesirable". If we could just be made to be considered "just another place", Ryan has made great strides for the franchise.
So no Cy, I don't believe Ryan is going to grind us down then sell us. I think he's going to give us more personality, more likability, and improve our brand for everybody. That's a good thing.