Yahoo! Sports: Jazz are the NBA's "Deadwood"
Published: December 23, 2011 09:50AM
Updated: December 14, 2011 10:30AM
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Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune (left to right) Keith McLeod, Jamaal Tinsley and Try Glider warm up prior to practice at the Jazz practice facility in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday, December 12, 2011.

So, if the Utah Jazz were a movie or TV show, what would it be?

According to Yahoo Sports! writers Kelly Dwyer and Eric Freeman, who are previewing the NBA's finally upcoming season, the Utah Jazz are "Deadwood."

After last season, when a power struggle between players and coaches left us with Jerry Sloan retiring, Deron Williams being traded to New Jersey, and the team missing the playoffs, Freeman and Dwyer write that the Jazz "are a team in need of laws. Which, incidentally, is the rough outline of 'Deadwood,' HBO's landmark series about the incorporation of a gold-mining town in 1880s Dakota Territory. 'Deadwood' is about a lot of things (I'd say it's primarily about how to live life in a society), but the most tangible aspects concern turning a loose collection of people and buildings into part of a larger government. … The Jazz already play by the NBA's rules, but their interior power struggle must still play itself out."

One difference between the show and the Jazz: "Characters on "Deadwood" swear all the time, but people in Utah totally don't! Isn't that crazy?"