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San Antonio Spurs' longevity spells hope for Utah Jazz

Posted: April 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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Because the Jazz qualified for the playoffs in the next-to-last game of the season, and because they're facing the team with the best record and longest winning streak in the NBA, this might not be the perfect time to bring this up.

But timing was never my strong suit.

So here it is: The Jazz think they could win the championship. Eventually.

Hard to imagine, since they barely made the playoffs, but don't listen to me. I'm just the messenger.

Many assumed hope died for the Jazz in 1998, when Michael Jordan went smirking off the Delta Center court. Not necessarily. It would just take luck in the draft, some sorcery in the free agent and trade markets, and a few players who don't really care if Salt Lake shuts down at nine.

Plus, they'll probably want at least one 14-time All-Star, who doesn't care whether Spike Lee or Jack Nicholson is watching.

Voila! The Jazz could become, well, the next San Antonio Spurs.

I bring this title business up because, with the Jazz meeting the Spurs in Sunday's playoff opener, I'm realizing that San Antonio could again be a champion. That's about as newsy as a celebrity arrest, but the point is that the little guys are hanging in there and have been since, well, the Battle of the Alamo. So it's not all about big-market teams. New Jersey is sitting home, as are Toronto, Golden State, Washington and Houston large markets all.

Meanwhile, Indiana, Orlando, Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Utah are still punching the clock. Along with the Spurs, the team with the best shot at coming out of the West is Oklahoma City, a village so small it doesn't even have a Neiman Marcus!

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