Welcome to the next edition of Jimbo’s Mailbag! At Salt City Hoops, we know that covering a losing team without any humor can be dreary. As such, we decided to add a little bit more levity to our site via Jimbo’s unique outlook on the world of Jazz basketball. Jimbo, by virtue of being recently featured in the Deseret News, is now the world’s most famous Utah-based basketball mailbag artist. Interested in submitting a question to Jimbo’s mailbag? Email it to Jimbo at email@example.com or tweet @JimboRudding to appear.
Q: What’s your opinion of the wave at sporting events, and particularly Jazz games?
Glad you asked! I attend at least three or four Oakland Athletics baseball games a year, so I’ve seen the wave up close many times. In fact, the wave was invented in Oakland in 1981 so… go ahead and put that in your back pocket!
Honestly, if I’m at a Jazz game and a team calls a time out, there’s nothing I want more than to stand up and scream my head off. It is usually rage-filled screams directed towards Allen Handy and/or one of the elderly ushers, and I have to tell ya, it’s VERY cathartic.
One time I went to a Jazz/Lakers game at the ESA and the Jazz weren’t playing well and some intelligent young man decided it was a good time to start the wave. I was so upset by the Jazz’ play that I decided once the wave got to me I was going to throw what was left of my nachos into the air as high as I could and hope that some of it landed on nearby Laker fans. The outcome was a beautiful, beautiful thing. 1 I wish you could have all been there to see it.
It’s actually pretty amazing that we’ve been entertaining ourselves with the wave for over 30 years. I guess it’s good, harmless fun and if that’s what we need to relieve the stress of real life, I say go for it. However, if the game is live and I’m watching, the last thing I want someone in front of me to do is stand up and scream. So, wait until a time out or a break in the game.
Maybe instead of the wave, the Jazz could show just random people on the jumbotron and try some of these ideas:
Q: Not to be persnickety, when I watch most NBA teams, they aren’t playing many guys on 10 day contracts. Can we skip that step?
I assume you mean skip that step in the rebuilding process? If that’s the case, then yes, we CAN skip that step! Unfortunately, we would have to give up a lot of draft picks along the way and eventually we would become the Brooklyn Nets, who have Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson, and zero draft picks until the year 2525.
I understand it’s a little frustrating though bringing in guy after guy and watching them frantically try to do something productive on the court with the little time they are allotted. It usually turns into getting stuffed at the rim or throwing the ball off the back of someone’s head, which causes the crowd to yell out things like, “Send him back down!” or “That’s nowhere NEAR how LeBron does it!”
One cool thing about all the 10-day guys the Jazz have signed this year is how they are all pretty similar players, even down to their names. Think about it–Patrick Christopher, Elijah Millsap, Chris Johnson, Johnson Millsap, Chris Christopher, and Elijapher Misslepants.
Life is pretty nuts sometimes.
Q: Like my zip-up PJ’s with the missing trap door, the Jazz seem to be missing that one piece to make them great. What is it?
This is awesome! I had a conversation with @SCampbellSBN this week on this same topic. I asked it a little differently though. I asked what position he would say is the Jazz’ biggest need right now. He thought about it for quite a while and ultimately had a hard time answering. I told him that the reason I asked him is because I didn’t know the answer either.
You could say a guard, but we supposedly have our “point guard of the future” and a pretty good backup in Burke. Playing at the shooting guard we have Burks and Rodney Hood: Prince of Threes who could be pretty solid very soon.
You could say small forward, but we have our white knight in Gordon Hayward and also slower, left-handed Gordon Hayward. In reality, I think Joe Ingles could get a multi-year offer from the Jazz if he keeps playing the way he has been lately. Also, you could run Rodney Hood: Prince of Threes there maybe as well.
You could say power forward or center, which is where we have a current logjam problem. Besides Kanter’s mental lapses, I don’t know what else, besides consistency, you could want here.
You could say coaching, but we finally have a young coach who actually cares about the development of his players. Also, all of his assistants are current on their income taxes.
So the answer is, the Jazz need to get better as a team. They need to learn how to put teams away, especially at home. They need to learn that when someone gets in your face, you get in their face. They need to learn pride and focus; tenacity and passion. They need to learn that offense gets you on SportsCenter, but defense wins games.
Q: Do you think each Jazz player has a guilty pleasure song?
Great question! I know for a fact that I do and it’s Tommy Page’s “I’ll Be Your Everything.” 2
Here is a list of each Jazz player and their guilty pleasure song:
Thanks for all the questions this week, guys! Keep them coming!