So, the Utah Jazz are 6-0 in the preseason and it’s the first time in franchise history that’s ever happened.
Nice. Unfortunately, that and a quarter will get you a gumball from the nearest vending machine.Look, the new-look Jazz have the components to become something special. But it’s still the preseason, where teams are more focused on their own players than they are the other guys’.
With so many new faces on the roster, the Jazz’s main concern is simply getting everyone on the same page. After that, coaches want to take a look at the younger guys, just to get them a little playing time.
Knowing this, the other day I asked coach Jerry Sloan about his team’s preseason record.
I had a good idea what his response would be, and I was right.
What surprised me, however, was how quickly he scoffed at it. He did so before I could even finish the question.
The exchange went something like this:
Me: Coach, what does it mean to be 3-0 (the Jazz’s record at the time) in the presea–
He then added: “The biggest thing is, we’re trying to get better doing some of the things we have to do to play against 29 different teams. That’s always our focus, to get ready to play against 29 different philosophies in basketball.”
It’s not my intention to cast a pessimistic cloud over the Jazz. In fact, I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people this season.
From what I’ve seen from the team, the chemistry is better now than it’s been in a long time.
Fans can be happy about that.
But remember, it’s the preseason. They don’t start playing for real until the end of the month.