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Letter: Compare Jazz, Suns and think about coaching change

Published April 4, 2014 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

After the Utah Jazz blew a 16-point third-quarter lead to the Memphis Grizzlies March 28, Jim Burton, Standard Examiner sportswriter, wrote: "The Jazz circled the wagon looking for answers." Maybe the Jazz need to look for a new wagon leader.

The Jazz have some really good players, but coaching, that's a different scenario. Numerous times the Jazz pull ahead and then turnovers result in loss after loss.

At the start of the NBA season, both the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns were picked to finish last in their divisions. Both teams have young players without much experience. Well, they were certainly right concerning the Jazz, who at this date have the worst record in franchise history with only 23 wins, 51 losses and 31½ games out of first place.

Now the Phoenix Suns, under new head coach Jeff Hornacek, are doing great. Under Hornacek, the Suns have 43 wins 29 losses and are only 7½ games out of first place and are in the race for the playoffs.

How did the Jazz ever let Hornacek get away?

Time for a Jazz coaching change? The Jazz record speaks for itself.

Wallace J. Peterson

Clinton