On the surface… this seems to be a nice little story about how the Utah Jazz and the NBDL’s Utah Flash are similar. Those stories are always fun for a writer from a small newspaper because you get to pretend you’re just like the big boys. But then we get to his one line:
The Flash can actually get players from two teams: The Jazz and the Boston Celtics, which requested to be affiliated with the Flash.
Danny Ainge has, in his infinite wisdom, requested to be affiliated with a team in Utah. Look, it’s not really a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s certainly a piece to the puzzle. Danny obviously chose to be affiliated with Utah because he’s a mormon. This isn’t a knock on his religion… I don’t care about that at all. But when he’s making basketball decisions… however benign… based on things other than basketball… that’s a sign of a problem.
It all boils down to what type of person that would make a decision like this. A clear-thinking, reasonable person would look at the NBDL teams and say “Hey, there’s a team in Indiana. Let’s see if we can be associated with them… this way I can take a short flight to check on the progress of some of my guys on an off day… and if someone gets hurt the day of a game… it’ll be easy to fly in a replacement.”
Danny Ainge says “let’s hook up with a team in Utah… this way when I go check out a player, I can do other stuff, too… who cares if its 3 time zones away.” Is Danny really considering what’s best for his team here… or is he considering what’s best for himself? And if he’s using this kind of logic for this decision… is he using it for other decisions? It’s a question worth asking.
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