Maybe its delivery more than intent that makes the difference.
That doesnt always translate in the NBA. I know Jazz players such as Richard Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, Marvin Williams and John Lucas III are great in the community, but when it comes to expressing the gratitude, NBA players seem to freeze up.
Before tipoff on game nights, one Jazz player will take the court with a microphone and thank the crowd for its support. Its usually in the form of a rapidly strung together thanks-for-coming. But usually the player seems to be reciting something hes been told to say.
After RSLs loss on Saturday, nobody handed anyone a microphone and nothing was recited.
Fans love a winning team and a team thats consistent, and I think Salt Lake City has embraced us that way, said goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The support that they give us is huge, said midfielder Kyle Beckerman, and we really appreciate it.
Strange thing is, I think they really do.