Utah Jazz Diagnosis: The Cure for Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Recent Woes

February 8th, 2011 by Clark Amundson Leave a reply »
The scene was 1998 in my parent's basement living room.  I had just watched Michael Jordan sink a 15 foot jumper over Byron Russell's head in Game Six of the NBA Finals effectively ruining my 11-year-old life. 

I just didn't understand.  I didn't understand why my Utah Jazz couldn't bring home the title.  Why hadn't Russell fouled?  I realized it was MJ but seriously? Shouldn't he at least have made him earn it?   Why couldn't a few more of Jeff Hornacek's three pointers have dropped?  Why was Karl Malone the world's biggest playoff choke artist?

Why? Why? Why?

Now, more than a decade later, my confusion regarding the Utah Jazz abounds anew.  At the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, many Jazz faithful (and others) thought that should this team stay healthy, they were the best chance to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers in the west. 

Now, heading into the all-star break the question has to be asked: Are they?

The answer is a resounding...nobody knows. 

After going undefeated in preseason play, the Jazz opened this season abysmally,  dropping a road game ...

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