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Utah Jazz fan writes letter in hopes the Kings will be at full strength
- Updated: April 12, 2016
The Utah Jazz had a chance to control their playoff fate but their 101-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks took that away. The Jazz now need to win their final game of the year which happens to be on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers which just happens to be his last game of his NBA career.
For Utah to make the playoffs they need to not only win but also have the Sacramento Kings to defeat the Houston Rockets. However, the Kings are not playing nice as they are essentially benching five of their six best players.
The Kings have nothing to play for so their injury report looks like this: DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison are listed as out due to rest, and then Marco Belinelli is out with a sore right foot and Omri Casspi is sitting due to right hamstring strain.
This move in not having their best lineup is to make sure that the Kings do not move outside the top-10 for their 2016 first-round draft pick, because they owe the Chicago Bulls that pick but only if it is outside the top-10.
One Utah Jazz fan is not having any of this and emailed the Kings and pleaded with the organization to play its best in a chance to top the Rockets, and help the Jazz make the playoffs.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 13, 2016
Here is the text of the letter.
Dear George Karl,
I hope this email finds you well. First of all I want to let you [know] how much I respect you as a coach. You have always coached with class, dignity, and success. I am writing you this letter today to ask that you please play all of your players tomorrow night against Houston. I am under no illusion that you have to do such a thing and I know that sitting these guys would most likely help you get a better draft pick but I am asking you as a competitor.
You have always been one of the most competitive coaches in the NBA and I know you can’t possibly feel good about letting the Rockets waltz into the playoffs without giving your all, but that would be exactly what you are doing if you allow your best players to sit. Obviously I have a rooting interest in my favorite team (The Jazz) getting into the playoffs, but it’s about more than that, it’s about the sanctity of the of the sport and making sure that the 8 most deserving teams actually get into the playoffs in the West.
Obliviously this has been a tumultuous season for the Kings, but what better way to end it than by knocking arguably the most hated team in the league out of the playoffs. You can start next season with the confidence and momentum. Do you really want James Harden to flop his way to the playoffs, or for Patrick Beverly to be rewarded for being a punk, or for Dwight Howard to seeming not care the entire season and be rewarded with the playoff?
At the very least, I ask that you give each player a choice whether they want to play or not, I could never imagine a true competitor not savoring at the opportunity to knock a rival out of the playoffs.
Thank you for your time and I hope you do the right thing.
This is a passionate fan but this is not George Karl’s call as the decision is being made from the higher ups and to make things more clear the Kings did not bring Cousins, rondo or Collison on this final road trip.