Author: Josh Cann

Jazz boast potential to persist

The unsung note of potential is the failure to produce results now. In a very much “what have you done for me lately” society, the Jazz trump hope for the future, and lack in the now.   The food storage is packed, but the fridge is near empty. However, this season isn’t as bleak as fans may think. Starting off 3-3 isn’t bad, in fact, promising.   Sure there isn’t an All-star on the roster or a team captain for that matter, but the youth movement for the Jazz could sport both in the coming years. Brighter skies and greener pastures could very well lie ahead, once the storm passes. This much is clear, the Jazz have potential.   The upside of this team in large part will be contingent upon the player’s development now, which puts the weight of the world on the coaches’ shoulders.   In the bigger picture, the Jazz essentially dumped Mehmet Okur and have ten-plus million dollars and a year to get a premiere player if they want. That eases the big man overload, speeds up the development of highly sought after Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, and opens the gates of opportunity to get a top notch Shooting Guard or Small Forward to help the Jazz with perimeter shooting and scoring the Jazz desperately need now.   The Jazz in the 2010-2011 season...

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NBA’s fall-out has everyone feeling empty

  Christmas hopes of candy canes and tinsel are still intact, but basketball fans are left with the sad reality that the NBA will not be part of the holiday season. No LeBron dunks, Kobe closing heroics, nor the first impressions of rookies Jimmer Fredette or Enes Kanter in an NBA uniform.   The league took a drastic step back in what many thought were semi-fruitful negotiations to figure out the loose ends of the NBA structure, dealing with money and a salary cap. Instead, fans all left to decide whether they want to follow college hoops or not, and without Jimmer Fredette, local flair has fizzled.   NBA commissioner David Stern stated to ESPN.com that “there is a nuclear winter coming.”   The negotiations went on for months between the NBA owners and the players union, which is comprised of 30 players who represent the 450 or so NBA players in the league. The owners put a “take it or leave it” proposal on the table last week, and the players simply left it.   The players union will now be decertified, and no one will be representing the players anymore.   Instead of things being decided “on” the court, matters will be decided “in” court.   Not even the greatest of sports prophets can predict how long it will take to resolve these issues. A mess, a...

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Operation Upgrade: athletic facilities in line for improvements

Renovations are in place to upgrade UVU’s athletic facilities this coming year and in years to come. The future is optimistic for UVU athletics, and these upgrades are part of the transition. “We’ve had plans forever, and we continue to have plans for sure,” said the Director of Athletics Mike Jacobsen. Planned renovations include more adequate seating for the soccer field, improvements to the softball field and adequate seating, restroom, and storage facilities for the track and field facility.. “The number one priority at this time is to provide more seating for the soccer field,” he said. It will be a $300,000 dollar job which will be funded by private donations. Other upgrades are being considered, specifically replenishing old equipment and facilities as they wear out. They are currently prioritizing all other planned facility upgrades. Many are to take place right away, though specific dates have yet to be determined. Upon becoming an official member of NCAA Division One athletics in 2009, there have been recent efforts of joining a different, more regional conference, or bettering their home in the Great West Conference to gain automatic qualifying status. There is a definite stir of enthusiasm and dedication in the athletics department causing plenty of reason for optimism. In a short span of time, UVU as a school and athletic program has made significant strides, and has plans to continue....

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Kanter and Burks to Jazz, no Jimmer

Jimmermania in Utah has officially been downsized from every day to a couple times a year.  BYU fans are depressed, Ute fans most likely happy or undecided, and the Jazz brass can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Phew, it’s over! The most intriguing and most important draft in Utah Jazz history didn’t come without a bang. Every eye in the state who bleeds blue, red, or purple was glued to the TV June 23. The anticipation, the build, the emotion, and the thoughts of little ones dressed in Jimmer Jazz jerseys of a future of half-court threes and 52-point outbursts were dashed to pieces when the Kings acquired Jimmer via the Milwaukee Bucks’ No. 10 pick ina  trade. No riots. Just boos, saddened hearts, and lowly countenances for most. Meanwhile nothing but rejoice and grins from Jazz Jimmer-haters. But secretly, somewhere deep inside, I think all true Jazz fans like these two picks. And here’s why you should too. Enes Kanter, the No. 3 pick from Turkey, is 6-11, 259 pounds, boasts a 7-foot one-and-one-half-inch wingspan, with a vertical of 32 inches. This guy moves his body very well and put up very impressive numbers at the Nike Hoop Summit against other highly touted prospects just a year ago. He had 34 points and 13 rebounds in the game, and has been intriguing NBA GM’s ever since. His...

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Utah Jazz: options abound as draft approaches

There’s nothing better than having options. Kevin O’Connor of the Utah Jazz wouldn’t agree more. But with that territory comes crossroads. As the NBA draft looms, college and international players alike look forward to finding out where they’ll be living the next couple years, and how soon they are picked will have a lot to do with how thick their paycheck is. Agents and PR guys are working their strategies to ensure their players draft stock stays high. NBA GM’s have done their homework, are looking at notes and checking them twice. Something as important as the future of their franchise hangs in the balance. Winning and money are two things that will ultimately decide who picks who, where, and why. Some dream of NBA championships, others of making a run in the playoffs, or making the playoffs period. There’s one thing that’s certain: each NBA draft brings a feeling of hope and renewed enthusiasm, particularly for the lottery teams. The lottery consists of the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs, who all had the chance at the No. 1 pick (Cleveland won the draft lottery last month). The worst team (Minnesota) had the best chances, second worst team has the second best chances, and so on. Draft positioning is crucial in getting the top caliber players GM’s need to turn the franchise around. In this year’s lottery...

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