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Jazz go young, veteran players not thrilled with new role

Jan 5, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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The Jazz are in a rebuilding mode. That means young players such as Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are going to get big minutes and be given the rope to learn on the job.

There is a reason veteran players don’t like to be on rebuilding teams. This is leading to some tension in the locker room and with coach Tyrone Corbin, reports the Salt Lake Tribune (via SLAM).

Raja Bell, the veteran sharpshooter who has never been afraid to speak his mind, spoke about his situation.

Jazz guard Raja Bell said it’s this simple: If Utah wants him on its team, he’ll continue to do his job to the best of his ability. If the organization doesn’t, the 12-year veteran will perform as a professional until he joins another franchise.

The frustration is not uncommon, but Corbin has to deal with it directly, writer Gordon Monson adds.

Corbin has to be on this, all over it. He can’t waffle or waver, even as he’s still trying to figure out what he’s got with this group. He has to have the courage to tell his vets to fall in line and do what he expects of them … namely, play hard when they are called upon, no matter whether they start or come off the bench, whether they play 40 minutes or none.

But he also has to be smart, and communicate clearly with the vets.

The Jazz are a respectable 3-3, but they have a long, long way to go as they work to rebuild this team. There will be bumps. The kinds of things you just knew Jerry Sloan would take care of — direct communication was a strong suit. Corbin needs to take a page out of that book.

  1. EvanZ - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Luckily for Utah, they have the kind of fanbase that “gets it”, I think. It would be much tougher to re-build in some other cities.

  2. sasquash20 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Here is a thought, trade Jefferson and Millsap. They are both good players that are in front of guys like Favors and Kanter. They could probably get good comp back.

  3. satanfromhell - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Jazz are 3-3

  4. jazzman917 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    This is complete BS reporting. Go read Raja’s interview. He was professional and literally had no complaints about his PT or anything else about coach Corbin. Further, he is the ONLY Jazz player cited in this article claiming unrest in the locker room and friction with the coaching. I couldn’t be less impressed with this act of rogue journalism. Find something real to report on or don’t write at all. This is the type of writing that can create friction in a locker room. This same story has now been written by hoopshype, slam, and numerous bball blogs. At some point, the players and coaches will hear about this and that is when friction begins.
    I like your feeds, but please, substantiate your stories at least a bit.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Raja Bell stinks. He’s lucky to be getting a paycheck in this league. What he needs to do is simply shut up and keep blessing yourself every time your check goes into your bank account every two weeks.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Utah wasn’t going to win with the veterans anyway, and if they thought so they would be starting. So basically shut up and play! Raja could have been a Laker but opted to snub Kobe so y should anyone care? I think all teams should play rookies when they have a spot in the starting lineup. It doesn’t make sense to draft a guy and then not believe in his abilities, what the hell did you draft him for? Let the rookies play or get a better GM!

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