One Possible Reason Why the Jazz Suck Balls (Random Weekend Post #6)
I have to ask: Does this team, as a collective, have any pride? Do they care if they get embarrassed? Do they care if they get dunked on or if the opponent is jacking threes with 1 minute to go in a 20-point blowout*? Do they laugh off blowout losses, talk about having short memories, and move on immediately? Or does it stick in their craw and leave them sleepless at night?
“I roomed with [Jerry Sloan] in Baltimore on occasion. We’d play a game and I’d go out for a couple of drinks and a sandwich. I’d come back at maybe one, two o’clock in the morning.
“I’d have the light off and be taking off my jacket. I’d see this glow of a cigarette in the dark. Jerry would be sitting up on the other bed and he’d say, ‘Red, remember that play in the third quarter?’ I’d be getting ready for bed. I’d already had a couple of beers and I’d forgotten what happened in the third quarter because there was another game tomorrow. But he was so intense he wanted to know why we did certain things in certain situations.” –Johnny “Red” Kerr in Stockton to Malone!
Does anyone on this roster care that much? The Jazz have got to have the thickest skin in the league. Embarrassment and humiliation have absolutely no effect on them. The final buzzer sounds, they hit the showers, and the game is over. Finished. Forgotten. As a result, they never learn from their mistakes and history is locked into replaying itself in a vicious cycle [vicious to fans; not so much to the Jazzmen].
You don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s take a look at how the team leaders (actual and self-proclaimed) have reacted to the four losses so far this month:
12/6, after MIN loss:
“We’ll bounce back from it. We’re not gonna let this linger. We’ve got to keep our heads up and keep going forward.” (Boozer; desnews)
12/9, after LAL loss:
“We’ve got to have short memory, learn from it and move on. Dust it off a little bit and get ready for Orlando.” (Boozer; KSL)
12/14, after MIN loss (a-freaking-gain):
“But we’ll fix it. We’ve got to have a short memory…you’ve got to forget about it fast because ain’t nobody else is going to feel sorry for you, so you can’t feel sorry for yourself.” (Boozer; sltrib)
12/18, after ATL loss:
“It was a bad game. This is one of the games you try to forget about, just move on.” (Deron; sltrib)
“Like I said before, short memory…you gotta get ready for Charlotte tomorrow” (Boozer; KJZZ)
I know no one asked me, but if you ask me, the problem with this team is that the Jazz are way to good at “forgetting about it” and “moving on.”
[Written before MIN's win today] Oh, and by the way, if it weren’t for the Jazz, Minnesota would have an identical record to New Jersey’s: 2-24. Thanks to the Jazz, they are instead 4-22. Sit on that for a while.
*Kevin McHale had this to say about LBJ dancing during a blowout:
“If a guy was doing the Riverdance like that, coach would come over and say,’Who’s got the fewest amount of fouls of my big fellas?’” the ex-Celtic and TNT analyst said recently. “If you raised your hand, he would say,’We will let him drive and then we will throw him on the ground.’
“When he is laying there we would say, ‘Do you feel like dancing now?’
“And that pretty much solved the dancing problem.”
As Dime goes on to say, you got to love the good old days. Especially since in the new days, Jazzmen wouldn’t give it a second thought.