Odds are, if you were watching Monday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets, you turned your television off before the fourth quarter or walked out of the arena before then.
But while it only counts as one loss, games like this require the team to sit down and evaluate just what its goals are.
The biggest questions the team must ask are just what exactly is their direction, which players will get us there, and who will be responsible for developing these players into a championship team?
Before I began writing for the Clipper, I managed restaurants. I was hired by a company to bring in a new perspective and train the staff the way the company wanted them to, which was not being done before. The biggest argument I got in was with other managers on the performance of an old employee compared to a new employee.
We did not have a solution until we defined as a team what are goals were. The Jazz appear to have a similar issue.
The Jazz have said their goal is to win an NBA Championship, but they will most likely fail to accomplish that goal, and may barely make the playoffs. They brought in Dennis Lindsey from San Antonio for a new perspective, but have not made one move since.
They seem content having the team good enough to be interesting but not so good they have to overpay players when negotiating new contracts. If the goal really is the NBA title and not just to be profitable, why not make this team competitive in games it really needs?
I’m startled the Jazz have yet to define just what their team will be in the future, because they sure are not contending for a title this season.
With the impending free agency of two-thirds of the team this summer, not everyone will be back next season. Of players signed beyond this season, only Gordon Hayward is in the top five in minutes played. Derrick Favors, the key player the Deron Williams trade, is sixth on the team in minutes played per game.
The playing time given to players who will not return is a waste of Jazz resources. All indications are that either Jefferson or Paul Millsap will be gone next year, which should have Jazz fans asking a lot of questions about the goals of the team.
I also question if the entire team is on the same page. The front office says they are investing time in their future, but head coach Ty Corbin seems more interested in playing veteran players who are in the way of the development of the younger players.
A Jazz blog, Living and Dying by the Jazz, charted Corbin’s career as a player and noted he was constantly passed over for a younger, hotter player. He was quoted as a player feeling slighted by the teams he played for because of the hotter name. The blogger went on to question if this is why Corbin rarely plays his younger players.
If this is the case, is Corbin really the coach we need to develop new star players? If the status quo is fine for the front office, Corbin has shown he can do that, but watching him pull Alec Burks if the opponent makes a small run does not build the confidence of the young player.
A lot of questions need to be answered at some point in the near future. Until then, do not expect the Jazz to compete for anything except for lottery picks.