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Monson: The Jazz stink — and it’s a wonderful thing

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Richard Jefferson, a 13-year veteran, said the Jazz know they’re not a good team right now, but confidence isn’t lacking: "It’s just us not executing the way we need to."

Asked about what players must do to weather what he called a "perfect storm," Jefferson said, "You have to be a man. We’re paid to perform." He added that, as presently constituted, the Jazz are "young men … you have to go through this … we have quality, talented young players. There’s a lot of great young players in this league who are now all-stars that are carrying playoff teams that struggled early on. …

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"You don’t see us holding our heads, we’re not fighting, we’re not arguing with coaches. There’s not a fragile psyche. We just got to get a win."

They don’t even need that.

They just have to improve as time goes on and keep a good attitude. They have to survive — and pick the right player in next year’s draft. Everybody outside the locker room has to forget about winning, stay focused on the plan and enjoy the ride.

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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