Comments on: The T Word The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:21:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: JT McKenna Sun, 23 Mar 2014 04:51:57 +0000 I haven’t seen anything too terribly bad so far this season as far as tanking goes.

But what Golden State did a couple of years ago. “Shutting down” players for the season when there was no apparent injury to begin with. That’s dishonesty. Saying that you’re starting 5 rookies in an absolute must-lose game because you want to evaluate them? That’s just lying to our faces when they know, that we know, they’re lying.

I think that the Lakers are probably lying about Kobe’s injury. A 6 week prognosis stretching out to 18 weeks under the circumstances seems awfully convenient. I figured he wouldn’t be back when it happened in December.

Tanking is fine, as long as:

1. The players aren’t in on it and are still legitimately trying to win the games.

2. They’re not telling lies to the fans and the media. This would include exaggeration of injuries to extend missed time.

By: tc Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:12:10 +0000 Hate the rules of the game; not those who play by them. Learning how to use the rules to your advantage is part of the game.

Some Jazz Martyrs may get a short-lived buzz if the Jazz kill their lottery chances by making up some additional rules. Not me! And, I can guarantee that if the Lakers “out tank” the Jazz and use their lottery star to beat the Jazz then no Utah Jazz fan will be happy.

Everyone thinks the Jazz let Millsap and Big Al walk so they could tank. The worst thing the Jazz organization can do now is be sucky at tanking. A “bad” rap without the reward–nobody can respect that. Personally, I will have serious doubts about the Jazz organization’s desire to win if they are unwilling to do what rules allow and follow the plan they initiated.