NBA 2012: 5 Things the Utah Jazz Must Do to Return to the Playoffs

July 8th, 2011 by Broox Anderson Leave a reply »
A quick look back on, and a few key points of, the 2011 NBA season for the Utah Jazz:

Utah signs-and-trades All-Star forward Carlos Boozer to the Chicago Bulls Jazz acquires forward/center Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves Utah signs guard Raja Bell Jazz drafts forward/guard Gordon Hayward and forward Jeremy Evans in the 2010 NBA draft Utah goes undefeated in the NBA preseason (5-0) Not one true Jazz fan thought that a season with this much promise would turn out the wrong way. Well, to be blunt, things just went from bad to worse after the NBA preseason:

The Jazz hover just above the .500 mark during the first-half of the regular season The longest-tenured coach in professional sports history, Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, resigns/retires Utah sends All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets in a trade Jazz fall below .500 with a 39-43 record at the end of the season Utah misses the playoffs for only the third time in the last 23 years After spearheading the season like a battering ram, the Jazz whimpered out and let internal conflict strike rampantly.

At their last home game, fully knowing that their team had failed t ...

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