Thoughts on the Deron trade
I was JUST starting to get back to full night’s sleep(s?) and catching up on all the TV shows I missed in the past two weeks. And then the Jazz management go and throw out a *Boom Bitches.* Stuff that went through my mind today:
** Maybe now we can get Jerry and Phil back?
** I don’t feel much sadness or have any misgivings. Is that weird? I loved Deron for a long time; there were some fantastic times/years. I know it’s going to hurt when I see him at his first Nets press conference or see him in a Nets uniform for the first time, but I think it’s for the best.
** Why is it for the best? Deron said last weekend that he’s never been this frustrated or unhappy as an NBA player (tribjazz). I don’t think that was going to change, and it was affecting how he was playing on the court, and that was infecting the entire team.
** It’s interesting that the shoe is now on the other foot for Team Deron Jazz fans that were giving Team Sloan Jazz fans a lot of crap and saying that they should support the team no matter what if they are true fans.
** I wonder how this is going to turn out for Deron. This season has led me to believe that he values getting his own way more than winning. No question he values both, though. According to all the older guys, Jerry has been getting softer and softer with each passing year. Avery Johnson, on the other hand, is famous for his authoritarianism and micro-management. Meaning Deron might not get wins OR his own way in New Jersey.
** I’m stunned by this:
** The Jazz brass (as far as I can tell without having watched the press conference or read any of the news stories yet) made the trade because they weren’t sure Deron would extend and didn’t want to lose him for nothing. They also say the drama with Jerry had nothing to do with it. Not sure how much I buy the latter. There’s also some confusion as to which side initiated the trade. The Nets say the Jazz did; the Jazz say the Nets did.
** I’m as surprised as anyone that the Jazz made a deal with the Nets and AK wasn’t involved (thank God).
** Ten more hours until the trade deadline passes. Ten more hours and I can remove the “Save AK” from the banner up top.
** Somehow, 90% of the lingering sadness I have been carrying around since Jerry’s resignation is gone. This trade has somehow/weirdly given me closure.