Monday, April 21, 2008
I take it all back
Okay, admittedly I was a little upset when I found out the Jazz were once again the No. 4 seed in the west playing the Rockets in the first round. It signaled to me a lack of progression as a team.
I'd like now to take the opportunity to take it all back.
Watching the Jazz tonight, I am forced to admit this is not the same team as last year.
For one thing, we are tough as nails. The Jazz are big, and they're bruisers. Almost Bald-Bullish, if you will. We literally beat up the Rockets over these last two games. I'm surprised they haven't had to stop the game to wipe up Shane Battier's blood and tears. And if you don't believe me, just watch Matt Harpring use those cow catchers he calls arms to clear the lane. The guy is dense.
Another difference I see this year is the Jazz have become like my buddy Jeris when he gets home from Ideal Image Salon: Smooth. Guys like Kyle Korver, Ronny Price and Deron Williams have given the Jazz a completely new weapon: The outside shot. Last year Mehmet Okur was our best threat from behind the arc. This year we have a veritable cache of three-ball shooters. Even Kirilenko is getting in on the fun, for crying out loud. You go, Andre.
And that leads me to my final point. Andre Kirilenko is actually contributing to the team this year. Rather than steal the show with his crybaby antics, AK-47 is playing like the guy we all want to see. He's playing great defense, he's pulling down boards, he's cleaning up on offense and he even grabs some blocks. AK, we love you so much when you bring your A-game.
So in conclusion, this isn't Deja Vu all over again. The Jazz are looking like champions, and we will win that ever-elusive golden statue soon. Maybe not this year, but soon.