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Paul Millsap on Utah Jazz fans: ‘They should boo me’

Mar 10, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

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As a member of the Jazz, Al Jefferson once encouraged Utah fans to boo their own team. When he returned to Utah in December as a Charlotte Bobcat, Jazz fans cheered him.

Now, another former Utah big man, Paul Millsap, is encouraging Jazz fans to boo him when he returns with the Atlanta Hawks.

First, Jazz fans must digest all these complicated for when too and cheer. Once they do that, I suspect they’ll cheer Millsap tonight.

A second-round pick made good, he spent seven years in Utah. Those are the type of players fans typically love, and the high-effort Millsap is certainly no exception.

But it was time for both sides to part. The Jazz wanted to rebuild, and they filled their cap space in order to get draft picks, running out of room for Millsap in the process. So, it’s not as if Millsap simply abandoned Utah when he signed with the Hawks the next day.

In Atlanta, he’s flourished. He made his first All-Star game this season, posting career highs in points, assists and steals per game.

The Jazz are successfully tanking without Millsap’s strong play propping them up. They’ll get an even better pick this way to go along with the ones the Warriors sent.

Both sides came out ahead, and that means Utah fans should ignore Millsap’s advice.

  1. savvybynature - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    “First, Jazz fans must digest all these complicated for when too and cheer.”
    At first I thought this didn’t make any sense whatsoever, but I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and just assume it was an allegorical haiku:
    First, Jazz fans must di(e)-
    Gest all these complicated
    For when too and cheer?

  2. redbearwoodall - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    As a Jazz fan, I’m happy Millsap is thriving in Atlanta and happy our younger players are now getting the minutes he would’ve gotten had he stayed. I love the guy, there’s no way I’d boo him. This was best for both parties. If I’m going to be mad at anyone, it’d be the front office for not trading Paul when it was clear that he was leaving and it was for the best, instead of letting him walk as a free agent.

  3. nycalldayz - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Jazz fans would be crazy to boo Millsap. Booing Deron Williams might be reasonable for obvious reasons. lol

  4. glenuendo - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    As a Jazz fan, I’ll continue to cheer for Paul Millsap. He has an excellent attitude and great work ethic. As redbearwoodall said, they should have traded him rather than let him go in free agency.

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