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Jazz Fans Need to Wake From Silly Delirium

To all the Jazz fans:

Hope has been revived, and dreams of glory days have been revitalized. You believe that your prized team has what it takes to take you to the promised land.

Why shouldn?t you have the belief that their team will make its dreams a reality?


Because the expectations that you have created in your minds have been falsified by your biases. Your need for greatness has clouded all rationality in your brains.

The Jazz have no chance of winning, and with the way they are building the franchise as of this point, they will never win, but will be mired in mediocrity until the end of time.

Every year, I see the same idea in your heads, and there’s no reason to think it will ever stop: You always believe that they will win the title, but never support such a claim with proper facts.

Quite frankly, it makes me disgusted. Every time I turn on the radio, I will never hear a bad comment about the Jazz.

You state such things as, ?We are moving our way up the West?, or, ?Our free-agent signing will take us to the top,? when in all actuality, the free-agent signings and the draft picks are going to kill the team.

Utah should not be reloading, but rebuilding. Your team does not have a foundation in place anymore. Karl Malone and John Stockton cannot win the title at this juncture in their career, even with the necessary role players.

The players Utah is selecting in the draft will only become the next Bryon Russells; they should be packaging Malone or Stockton for a higher pick to find a new cornerstone for the franchise.

Yet I see the Jazz select Raul Lopez, and I think to myself that Utah will lose once again and will only have delayed the inevitable.

I went to the Rocky Mountain Revue this weekend to check out all the hype about Andrei Kirilenko, and what did I see? Another Adam Keefe?not a player who could take them over the top.

In fact, the only player I saw that looked impressive is going on trial and is facing up to three years in prison.

DeShawn Stevenson has all the talent in the world, and he may be the only draft selection of the Jazz that I support, but he may not be around to help the team. He has the quickness and finesse of a star, but what greatness he has in talent, he lacks in maturity.

Hopefully, he will one day be a star for Utah, but that is just another fictitious fantasy.

Do you actually think DeShawn will stay in Utah? He is always in L.A. and quite clearly would love to be a Clipper. Then again, he probably would be happy to go to any city where he could actually relate to the players and the people.

Meanwhile, the problem of bringing quality free agents in will be another contributing factor in the destruction of the franchise.

This is not the front office’s fault, but the image of Utah sways away key players that would help rebuild the franchise.

Utah seems to other players as a boring state that will leave an empty place in their hearts, because of the lack of a big-city life.

The ?key? free agent signing the Jazz brought in this time is John Amaechi?a mediocre player who should have taken all the money he could have had from the Lakers last year.

He averaged 7.9 points during the season and only played 20 minutes a game. What does that tell you?

He is undersized and will just be dead space for the Jazz. He was not a good player for Orlando this past year and will be horrible for Utah.

Yet with the numbers supporting my argument, you continue to create false expectations of your team.

So with all these ugly problems, what can the Jazz do?

The answer is nothing. Nothing can save this team except a bit of luck. They need a player to look past the image problems of Utah.

But how realistic is that? With the false expectations I am indicting, how can I possibly believe that this stroke of luck will occur?

It won?t happen, and the Jazz will continue to be horrible until the end of their existence.

Your team will be mired in mediocrity and may never be taken out of the darkness.

Sure, we can hope that something miraculous may occur, but deep down in your hearts, you know that this is just another childish expectation that you have created, and it will never come true.

Sincerely,Mr. Realistic

Asad welcomes feedback at: [email protected].

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