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NBA » This young Utah team took its expected lumps, and now it’s on to the NBA Draft lottery.


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He added that, as far as his own future goes, he would think about that now that basketball was done: "That’s why you hire an agent. We’ll sit down during the summer and discuss … it’s a business. Whatever happens happens. Can’t thank the people of Utah enough for what they’ve given me so far."

He also mentioned the difficulty of trying to develop young players while winning games: "For the most part, we stuck together. That’s difficult to do in a season like this when you’re losing a lot of basketball games. You [could] turn on each other. You start pointing fingers. We realized we’re a young team, trying to develop and grow and at the same time win games. That’s a hard thing to do. Experience is pretty valuable and we didn’t have much. … You can’t teach experience and chemistry."

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Said Marvin Williams: "Everyone was frustrated. … It was a mental challenge. We’ll watch film this summer and get better."

Added Richard Jefferson, speaking on the progress of some of his young teammates and the way they played together: "It takes patience. It takes time."

Enes Kanter said on Thursday what everyone except Corbin already knew: the young guys should have played more. He could have also said the losses were inconsequential.

Pay no attention, then, to the 25 wins, or the 57 losses.

It will be OK.

It will be all right — as long as the right decisions from here on out are made.

"The future is bright," Jefferson said. "The fans of the Utah Jazz should be happy."

The plan might take a while, maybe two or three more seasons to fill out. A whole lot more defense needs to be played, better shooting is a requirement. But, look around, the Jazz are in a better place than most lottery teams. They have better young talent. They have the aforementioned shot to add to that young talent. They are not burdened by heavy, undesirable contracts. They have money to spend.


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As for those players they already have, those guys got the W-L record all of us predicted they’d get. No more, no less. Many of the losses came blasting out of the fire hose, not because the youngsters flat-out sucked, rather because they were green. None of them are budding superstars, but a few of them can be pretty darn good. They need to work on poise, communication and commitment, especially on defense.

But it’ll be OK.

It can be OK.

At this point, at the end of this season, that’s enough.

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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