Trey Burke spoke quietly in the locker room after the Jazz’s blowout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. Gordon Hayward did the same.
“Several times it felt like we were making a run but they made big shots and we just didn’t get stops tonight,” Hayward said.
Added Burke: “They made shots. We still didn’t shoot the way we’re capable of shooting and we had a lot of breakdowns on the defensive end, including me. We just have to learn from our mistakes.”
It’s true that it was a loss, so there’s not going to be a lot of noise in the locker room. But as Hayward and Burke spoke, I found myself thinking, say something interesting!
If I want to hear a monotone, I’ll sign up for a medieval history class.
The flip side is the rant by Seattle’s Richard Sherman at the conclusion of Sunday’s NFC championship game.
“When you try me with a sorry receiver like (Michael) Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me,” he told Fox’s Erin Andrews.
He continued, “Don’t open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it for you real quick.”
Most reactions from media and fans were that Sherman needed to dial it down; taunting an opponent on the field and in a TV interview are out of bounds. At the same time you have to wonder, do people want this all the time: “I made some shots and it felt good to be back out there ”? (That was Hayward’s comment Tuesday night.)
It’s a real dilemma. I can appreciate the measured, polite, distant approach by athletes. Many don’t want to run their mouths. At the same time, it gets a lot more interesting when one player calls out another. And when they don’t run their remarks through a half-dozen filters before delivering.
It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing when things like the Sherman incident occur. At the same time, it can be boring and pointless when athletes always take the safe road.
I have to say I favor the unfiltered, even with the risk of things going too far.
I never could stay awake in history.