Matt Harpring has always dealt with bad knees, ankles, & feet. Throughout his career, it seems like he has always needed to have one operation after another. While we (as Jazz fans) have always appreciated Matt's toughness, passion and hardnosed-play, it looks as though his body may have reached a breaking point to where he can't suite up the sneakers anymore. That's what is being reported by Ross Siler and Steve Luhm from the Salt Lake Tribune. According to Harp, his career could be done because of his knee ailments.
"The [knee] cartilage isn't there any more -- it just isn't," he said. "When motion isn't there ... I mean, I would would love to have something to make it come back. But I don't."
"I've also had a couple of knee surgeries where the doctors said, 'You're done. There's no way you can play.' So the thought of post-career life has been on my mind, even though I've never had it happen. But, obviously, the reality now is it could be very soon."
Without Harpring, the Jazz may have to find a tough-nosed guy that can do the dirty work... defend, scrap, claw, battle for position, fight for rebounds, score off putbacks, dive for loose balls. There really isn't any other player on the Jazz that's willing to do those types of things (except for maybe Millsap). That's probably the reason why our team hasn't been super successful over the years. We need more scrappers!
In the NBA, there are only a few star players (Deron Williams being one of them)... and then there are the rest... the role players. Matt Harpring knew his role, and executed it. That's why he was so valuable to the Jazz. Too many players think they're the star... Perhaps Harpring can transition his role (and career) from Jazz super-sub to Wendy's super-star, drive-through operator? Cold "Frosty" treat coming right up!