Paul Millsap on Utah Jazz fans: ‘They should boo me’

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As a member of the Jazz, Al Jefferson once encouraged Utah fans to boo their own team. When he returned to Utah in December as a Charlotte Bobcat, Jazz fans cheered him.

Now, another former Utah big man, Paul Millsap, is encouraging Jazz fans to boo him when he returns with the Atlanta Hawks.

First, Jazz fans must digest all these complicated for when too and cheer. Once they do that, I suspect they’ll cheer Millsap tonight.

A second-round pick made good, he spent seven years in Utah. Those are the type of players fans typically love, and the high-effort Millsap is certainly no exception.

But it was time for both sides to part. The Jazz wanted to rebuild, and they filled their cap space in order to get draft picks, running out of room for Millsap in the process. So, it’s not as if Millsap simply abandoned Utah when he signed with the Hawks the next day.

In Atlanta, he’s flourished. He made his first All-Star game this season, posting career highs in points, assists and steals per game.

The Jazz are successfully tanking without Millsap’s strong play propping them up. They’ll get an even better pick this way to go along with the ones the Warriors sent.

Both sides came out ahead, and that means Utah fans should ignore Millsap’s advice.