Will D-Will Return to Utah in 2012?
Posted by Broox Anderson
RICHFIELD, UT — 7:43 a.m. — Now before we get our hopes up, I’m not implying that Deron Williams will return to Utah to play for the Jazz.
This article aims to make known the fact that we may not see Deron Williams–with his Nets team–in Utah this year.
To be even more specific, I have a better chance of dunking on LeBron James than Jazz fans have of ever seeing D-Will return to play for the Jazz.
With the new scheduling criteria having been leaked by several sources for the predetermined 66-game season, there’s roughly a 6-in-15 chance that Deron and his New Jersey Nets will not come to Utah this year.
That’s a scary thought! To Jazz fans, this game will be the equivalent of a playoff game!
For your own informational purposes, here’s the scheduling criteria for the 2011-12 season:
Teams will play 48 conference games with the following breakdown:
- Play 6 teams 4 times (2 home, 2 away)
- Play 4 teams 3 times (2 home, 1 away)
- Play 4 teams 3 times (1 home, 2 away)
They will play 18 out of conference as follows:
- Play 3 teams 2 times (1 home, 1 away)
- Play 6 teams 1 time at home
- Play 6 teams 1 time away
…which leaves us with a sticky situation. The Jazz haven’t been a notorious favorite to play the Nets in the past, and I can’t even remember watching a thrilling Jazz-Nets game; ever.
But of course, last year provided Utah and New Jersey with a scandalous storyline. Would the NBA really pass up an opportunity to schedule a game with that much weight on it? I think not, and mostly because there has to be an epic conclusion–or at least a somewhat satisfying sequel–to the Deron Williams saga.
D-Will played his last game in Turkey with Besiktas (crazily in a 50-point performance) last Friday, and has been outwardly vocal about returning to the states soon. He wrote the following tweets:
My last game for Besiktas was last Friday… I will be at the game tomorrow but just to watch and support the guys! It was a fun 3 months
Guess ill be going home soon
#LockoutOver! My time in Istanbul w/ Besiktas was amazing thanks for everything!
On a last note: How do you think our youthful Jazz would fair against D-Will and his Nets?
Is it a sure victory? A heartbreaking loss?
Either way, it will be–or might have been–an epic game to watch.
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