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Gordon Pt. II

maxresdefaultJazz nation, you are weeping right now that Gordon Hayward has left for the Celtics. I am not going to offer consoling words, just reality. Before I do, at least read this, Gordon’s words. Secondly, I think even Gordon would concede that the announcement wasn’t handled in the way he wanted. He planned a careful and respectful announcement, but it was thwarted. At least he didn’t get on national television and burn Utah. He was very gracious in his post. Move on. Finally, realize the facts about playing for the Jazz and being a fan of sports.


Hayward leaving wasn’t a slight against the Jazz fans. In his own words it came down to his relationship with Coach Brad Stevens and the chances for winning a championship. Booing a player for leaving in the fashion that Hayward left is childish. Utah is a very unique place and a franchise that players have a hard time dealing with. Salt Lake offers a lot, but also comes up short in many respects. Aside from just the city, the franchise has yet to win a championship. You may shake your head and say, “Who cares?”, but there is something to a tradition of winning… no, a culture of winning championships. Celts have won before and know how to do it again. There is the expectation that it can be a reality. That’s powerful.

Look at the current landscape of the NBA. The west is in an unparalleled arms race to combat the Warriors. The east is weak. Wether you like it or not Gordon’s move to the Celts is smart. The best players in free agency have head west, while he is going east, thus increasing his chances of going to the finals. Why go through a gauntlet of hell when you just have to beat the Cavs to make it to the finals? Making the finals > not making the finals. You can never win a championship if you don’t get to the finals. Thats bullet proof logic.


Burn and boo, great way to attract other free agent players. It’s business, nothing personal.

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