With the Utah Jazz on the cusp of qualifying for the second round of the NBA Playoffs, a prominent radio voice recently compared them to a college program that, perhaps ironically, holds a special place in the heart of many jazz fans.
Earlier this week, Colin Cowherd said “Utah is Gonzaga’s basketball,” referring to the alma mater of jazz legend John Stockton, the small school that has grown into a basketball powerhouse. university.
The reasoning of the herdsman? While both teams have maintained excellence for a long time, neither have reached the ultimate pinnacle of winning a championship.
Cowherd noted that Jazz have the second most wins since 1995, but the other three teams in the top four – the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – have won a total of 13 titles since then while Utah has won none.
“Gonzaga was in a winning basket (in 2017) and now they’re 31-1. Everyone’s talking about that one, ”Cowherd said. “It defines them. … It’s the Jazz of Utah. Until we see it, we just can’t buy it.
Cowherd praised the Jazz, however, particularly highlighting their 3-point shooting ability, the defense of head coach Quin Snyder and Rudy Gobert, among others.
“But we just can’t – I’ve never seen a team that is a No.1 seed, nobody is talking about it,” Cowherd said. “I mean, the networks just bury them, and it’s like maybe we want to be careful. They are pretty good.
“I don’t know if they’ll win, but I’ll say this right away: Donovan Mitchell, who was injured before the playoffs, if he’s healthy they’re going to be really, really tough.”