Danny Ainge wasn’t puzzled when describing his first impression of the Utah Jazz when he first joined the workforce final December.
“What I noticed all by way of the season was a gaggle of gamers that actually didn’t take into account in every completely different. Like your full group, i really feel they favored every completely different a lot better than what was reported, however I’m not sure there was a notion,” said Ainge all by way of a information convention on Monday. “as quickly as we acquired to the playoffs, i believed, properly, it is a workforce that has had some disappointing playoffs, so i believed maybe they’re simply ready for the playoffs. I gave them that benefit of the doubt, however it absolutely was clear the workforce didn’t carry out properly inside the playoffs as quickly as extra.”
The Jazz misplaced to the Dallas Mavericks inside the most important spherical of the 2022 Playoffs.
“i really feel individually they’ve resolve, however I simply don’t take into account collectively they did. so that you see pretty simply a few gamers making an try to do it on their very personal as a consequence of the idea in every completely different wasn’t as good as teams I’ve been on and round that I’ve seen.”
as a consequence of of this, Utah traded All-Star participant Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a bunch of gamers and picks all by way of the offseason.
“earlier outcomes sort of instructed us who we have been,” Zanik said. “It wasn’t solely a one-12 months factor. This was a superb three-12 months interval the place we gained pretty simply a few video games and had pretty simply a few success, however we have been tapped out from a attainable standpoint, and we needed to reset that.”
Gobert and Mitchell had mended their relationship after Gobert’s faux pas all by way of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless the Jazz by no means made it further than the convention Semifinals.
The Jazz held on to veteran gamers Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic