With a few exceptions, the Jazz were reluctant to bring in any players who had questionable character or a history of disciplinary issues. This was likely due, at least in part, to the no-nonsense attitude and disciplined coaching style of Jerry Sloan.
While this is admittedly conjecture, Jamaal Tinsley and Josh Howard likely would not have ended up in a Jazz uniform if Sloan was still steering the ship. Utah GM Kevin O’Connor took two uncharacteristic chances on Howard, who had previous disciplinary issues due to drag racing and marijuana possession, and Jamaal Tinsley, who infamously fired his gun outside a strip club and was also involved in a 2007 bar fight.
Though bad behavior has been known to rear its ugly head at inopportune times, thus far both signings have been home runs, especially Howard. Howard brings length, athleticism and the ability to create his own shot to the Jazz, and he's been an integral part of Utah’s success thus far.
Tinsley’s minutes have been few and far between, but he has made an impact as the vocal veteran leader of the team. His willingness to speak up has earned him the nickname “The Voice” among teammates.
Signing Howard and Tinsley were certainly gambles, but thus far they are paying dividends.