Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz point guard John Lucas III (5) steals from Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20). The Utah Jazz defeated the LA Lakers 105-103, Friday, December 27, 2013 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Kragthorpe: Jazz-Lakers game will have weird aura
NBA » Lottery spots 3-6 up for grabs entering final week of regular season
First Published Apr 14 2014 08:23 am • Last Updated Apr 15 2014 04:31 pm

The only thing that could make this any weirder is if Derek Fisher still played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

A sizable segment of Jazz fans actually would be cheering for him tonight.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The aura at EnergySolutions Arena promises to be rather bizarre, as the Jazz stage their final home game of the season. If they lose tonight and Wednesday at Minnesota, they’re assured of no better than the NBA’s fourth-worst record. Pending the outcome of the lottery — which is the part everyone tends to forget — they likely would have the No. 4 pick in the draft.

But a victory would potentially put them in a tie with the Lakers, resulting in a tiebreaking procedure prior to the lottery. As of Monday, Orlando (23-57), the Jazz (24-56), Boston (25-57) and the Lakers (25-57) are in play for the Nos. 3-6 spots.

So the Lakers will send out their starting lineup of Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly, Wesley Johnson, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks in an effort to ruin everything for the Jazz.

The phenomenon of Jazz-Lakers games at ESA is how every basket is cheered. That’s because of the ubiquitous Lakers fans, usually. But tonight, there will be Jazz fans hoping that a loss will brighten the team’s future.

Having said that, I’ve observed all season that the folks who are actually in the building genuinely seem to want the Jazz to win. It’s difficult for me to believe they will go home happy if the Jazz lose to L.A. - especially this version of the Lakers, although there’s a theory that if Kobe Bryant is not playing, there’s less emotion involved. Kobe’s injured, and Fisher plays for Oklahoma City, seven years after leaving the Jazz and being booed upon return each time.

The Jazz, meanwhile, will match the franchise’s worst record of the Utah era if they lose the last two games. They finished 24-58 in 1979-80, their first season in town. They’ve risen above the all-time worst mark of 23-59, in the expansion team’s first season of 1974-75 in New Orleans.

kkragthorpe@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribkurt


story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.