Coach Sloan Confident In New Rookie
Posted by Nancy on December 29, 2010
Newly acquired Jazz rookie, Gordon Hayward, has had an interesting debut into the NBA. He was the Jazz’s number nine pick this past summer and came in with high hopes of continuing the dynamic play that lead his college team to victory. Unfortunately, he didn’t come out of the starting gates with the kind of performance that he had desired and fans were left wondering about their newest acquisition. Coach Sloan, however, apparently had no such doubts and continued to put his rookie on the floor. His confidence in Hayward has paid off as Hayward has played the entire fourth quarter of the last two Jazz games (partly because Andrei Kirilenko had sustained a sprained lower back and went to the bench). In the game against Minnesota, Hayward secured the win with an impressive dunk followed by a free throw but in Monday nights game against Portland, missed all four of his shots which contributed to the home loss. Sloan is convinced that the new rookie will continue to improve and become an essential part of the Jazz team.