Let me start by saying that I’m thrilled with the draft last night and the move to get Bayless. Thrilled! From all the rumors I read leading up to the draft that had us parting with A LOT more to land a quality PG to only have to part with JJack and McBob was a huge triumph, I think.
Having said that, I am really disappointed with a how many of our fans behaved with regards to Jarrett Jack. Like most fans, I was Ok with JJack going in the Bayless deal, but the way he was treated post-trade has left a bad taste in my mouth. From fans cheering when his name was mentioned in a trade BEFORE the other part of the deal was announced; the "hit the road Jack" crap; some of the comments I’ve read, etc. From my perspective, despite his somewhat regular mistakes (stepping out of bounds, timely turnovers…), I thought the guy always played hard, represented himself and his team with dignity, and from all reports was a great locker room guy. He wasn’t a cancer, didn’t get into trouble and was one of the good guys as we transitioned from the Jail Blazer era. Even if he was the 15th-best player on our team a "good look JJ, here’s hoping your next stop works out better…." Something similar to what McBob got.
It’s funny, I had a draft party last night with some friends/family last night – some of them huge fans others were there to humor me – and when Danilo went with the 6th pick and the NY fans started to boo many of us commented on how classless their fans were. Of course, I chimed in with the usual "Well those are just fickle NY fans; our fans are so much better – we’d never do that to one of our players"… It's not like we booed him, but I wanted a bit more "we'll miss you"; or "thanks for everything you've done" (By the way, thanks for the
Sorry, I’ve never posted here before and don’t want my first post to be of the whiny, self-righteous variety, but I just wanted to call out some of the fans that I thought were being a bit, well, un-fanlike. Maybe I’m missing something here – wouldn’t be the first time, but I expected more from us….
By the way, I was excited to see the Jarrett Jack appreciation thread that was started and enjoyed reading everyone’s posts there! I would have posted this there, but this is less a "Jarrett Jack appreciation" thread and more of a "C'mon fans, we can do better than that" thread.