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Dana Greene - Jazz reach back into past

The Utah Jazz are reaching back into the past to try to save the future.
I can't tell you how many people have come up to me over the last few years saying something like, "You know, I used to love the Jazz back in the good ol' days. I just can't relate to the players these days. It's just not the same."

Well, get ready to go back in time to save the future. 

Over the course of the last few weeks, the Jazz have hired Karl Malone to help the big men, and Jerry Sloan to help...everyone. Don't be surprised if John Stockton gets a call soon. (I'm kidding of course. Stockton doesn't have a cell phone). 

Sloan and Malone aren't going to run the show, in fact, far from it. They will have an ancillary affect on the team at best. But just having them around the organization on a semi-regular basis will help show the players what it really means to wear a Jazz uniform.

Malone played 18 seasons with the Jazz. Sloan coached them for 23. They can help instill in the young players like Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward the standards this team needs to uphold.

Not making the playoffs is unacceptable. Malone led the Jazz to the postseason every single year he was here. Sloan made the playoffs 19 times. But Utah hasn't been out of the first round since 2010, and missed the playoffs altogether in two of the last three seasons. 

That is unacceptable.

I realize the Jazz are building around a young core with a young coach, and Sloan preached patience at his re-introductory news conference this past week. 

I'm not saying the current young players don't take pride in their team. It's just that they're so young, they don't know what Utah Jazz basketball is all about. It's about team basketball, toughness and relentless efficiency.

Jazz fans are hoping Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan can teach them that.

If not, at the very least, the new big screen video boards are awesome! 
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