Just a little background. I’m a fan of NBA basketball and I actually root for two franchises – the Jazz and the Spurs. Started being a fan a long time ago when I was young. Since I’m from Manila, I have no ties and other affinities with the cities of Salt Lake and San Antonio. I just admired how John Stockton, Karl Malone, and David Robinson played their respective styles of basketball. My respect extended to coaches Jerry Sloan, and later on, Gregg Popovich.
After 30 years of being a fan of both squads, the Spurs have collected five (5) titles (thanks largely to guys like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) while the Jazz can only muster two Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) with Stockton, Malone and Jeff Hornacek at the forefront and a 2007 Western Conference Finals run featuring the likes of Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur, and Gordan Giricek.
Breaking up the current team
Fast-forward to today. With only about 4 months before the start of the 2022-2023 season, the Jazz have broken up its core and could even end up in a rebuilding phase, depending on further moves the organization is going to take in the comings weeks. Meanwhile, the Spurs appear to be high on a youth movement.
The way things are looking now, I think I’ll just be an NBA basketball purist and enjoy most of the great matchups for the love of the game, instead of focusing too much time on my favorite teams. I might also follow the clubs where my recent favorite ex-Jazzmen are with now — e.g., Bucks (Joe Ingles), Wolves (Rudy Gobert), Cavs (Ricky Rubio), etc. I’d rather do this than jump on a bandwagon. No, siree!