Kyle Korver is now a Chicago Bull, aka I was completely wrong about Hayward’s arrival not being the end of Korver in Utah. I may not be a pink jersey owner, but there’s no doubt that this is a huge loss for the team and for the community. I’ve never seen any Jazz player as quickly embraced by the fans as Kyle; from his first game in a Jazz uniform, the crowd was out of their minds with adoration.
We were in a bad way when Kyle arrived in Salt Lake City. Whether it was the end of the Giracek drama-saga, Kyle’s skills as a basketball player, or the love and enthusiasm of the fans infecting Jazz players, the Jazz immediately began winning when Kyle arrived. There have been ups and downs, but with the Jazz were 120-60 in the past 2.5 seasons when Kyle suited up.
Given Korver’s character, his contributions to the community, that he openly said a few months ago that he would love to retire in Utah (not to mention the fact that he set the all-time 3P% record last season), I’m hugely surprised that the Jazz never gave him an offer for any amount. Isn’t he exactly the kind of guy Jazz management wants on the team? How many NBA players want to play and stay in Utah? The way he handled the situation, with complete class and putting himself in the shoes of the team, only makes me feel worse about him leaving. Via Siler’s Twitter:
While Kyle may be gone from Utah, his presence will still be felt in the state. As sltrib reported two weeks ago:
Korver has set a new standard for community work since coming to the Jazz, launching a T-shirt line and working through his foundation and a non-profit construction group to build handicapped ramps for needy families in the area.
“Whatever we started there, it’s going to keep on going,” Korver said.
Farewell, Kyle. I’ll miss the high socks, the enthusiasm from the crowd when you check into games, and the opportunity to shout “Korgasm!” every time you hit a trey. Best of luck in Chicago.