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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2008 12:23 a.m. MST

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luke

I have been hearing all of these comments regarding Marion not resigning with the Jazz IF he is traded for Kirilenko. So what if he doesn't resign? Unloading Kirilenko for a short term contract sounds like a deal. Remember, Millsap and Williams will need to be resigned. Williams for the max, and Millsap for probably for Harpring like money? Keeping these two players is critical for the team's future. I don't know what they would want to have Okur, Boozer, Williams, and Marion all signed for max or close to it deals. I would think erasing Kirilenko's contract from the books, and not being burdened with a similar one would make more sense.

MTN

I love AK, but the only thing he does that CJ doesn't is pass as well as Bird. But CJ's defense and shooting are as good as AK's these days... We could survive without AK.

Dave

I also love AK. I also believe we could survive without AK. Survive, but not thrive. The Jazz play their best basketball when AK is able to play.

Basketbal Awerness

It's not ALL about points. It's not all about the all-star player who averages 30 points a game. It is about the player who does all the little stuff who can score if needed but also helps the other players score 30 points a game. AK does this for the Jazz. He does all the little stuff so many "Super Stars" aren't willing to do. If you think the Jazz can do without that who do you think is going to step up and provide the even games that AK does? He always gets a good amount of the five (Points, rebounds, blocks, assists, and steals.) Take all those away and who will step up. IF you think Miles does everything AK does you must be smoking something.

fact man

He does it all that is why the suns want him. They are finnaly figuring it out that Defense wins championships. The only thing marion is better at is finishing a play and finding an open man at the three point line when the middle is jammed up. Nobody on the Jazz can do that. Well he is a little bit better rebounder, but boozer is better rebounder than Stoudamire, and he can post up.
But kirilenko can pass and blocks and steals, and always plays good D, but he lacks go to offense that the Jazz need but he is getting better. Both have sub par shooting. Williams would love having two options on the fast break Brewer and Marion. Marion would be loved in Utah.
But will live with AK he Is the best Defense player and Passer on the team.

Jimmy's Sneakers

Remember folks Marty said the suns had INTERNAL discussions, which basically means nothing. Jimmy heard the latest rumor is that the Jazz were having internal discussions about trading CJ Miles for Lebron James, Jason Hart for Steve Nash and Jarron Collins for Dwight Howard.

ID Jazz

This is a management nightmare. I understand what AK does for the Jazz and what he brings every night and he is fun to watch to, but he was asked a few games ago again if he wanted to be traded and he smiled and said "no comment". If you did not wanted to be traded at some point when you were asked that question wouldn't you say no. Which leaves you wondering if he still wants out especially after Sloan signed for another year and that(Sloan)was his problem.

Marion wants more money than AK makes right now and if you traded for Marion you have to try to resign Dwill, Milsap, and possibly Marion in the off-season. Phoenix would need to resign Marion first for three years before Jazz should even consider.

I would like to see AK stay but do not be surprised to see if Sloan stays that AK still wants out. That relationship seems to be permanently strained but Hornacek is teaching him how to shoot and how to block Sloan out of his mind. Which makes you wonder if he was able to do that for AK, what could he do for a team.

Love It

I just love the Jazz the way they are. There are a few contracts that will expire next year, and keep in mind next year I believe the big one FESS will be able to contibute, and plug the middle some. Sweet, Sweet Go Jazz.

Anonymous

Some of the comments on here are laughable. CJ is nothing close to AK particularly on the defensive end. If anything I find CJ's defense horrendous. AK gives some many intangible aspects CJ just doesn't have. I like CJ but he is at least a year away from being able to contribute on a nightly basis. AK fills the stat sheet night in and night out.

I think acquiring Marion would be like bringing in a Cancer to the team. If he can't be content with playing with the leagues best PGp then what makes anyone think he would be happy here.

Also keep in mind that Larry H is planning on signing D-Will to Max money. I don't know what the plans are for Millsap but I wouldn't be surprised to see Harpring let go to create cap room for him.

AK - show some love

If AK is not completely happy with the Jazz now he never will be (at least while Sloan is coach). They brought him his own personal shooting coach and Sloan has literally treated him like his favorite player - at least in the press. He is contributing and playing good minutes. Not sure it can last but at this point I would hope AK recognizes the Jazz have done everything possible to make him happy in Utah. A little recognition from him of that (rather than just a smile and "no comment") would probably go a long way. Someone who is supposedly so sensitive should understand the need to give a little back when so much has been extended this season to him.

JImmy The Greek

Sloan is the problem..Ak would love to get out of
this town. Everyone thinks that everyone has moved
on....I dont think so...with Jerry signing a extension
Andrei would love to really move on....Phoenix..
La anywhere but here..i am serious......

Inside info

My wife's friend's sister is a hair stylist. She overheard Masha saying that AK would love to play for the suns, and he would return to all star form. She also overheard Gale Miller saying that Jazz are trying to trade AK to wizards for Butler and Haywood. This is very top secret internal discussions so don't repeat them.

Sloan Man

I think Hornacek should take over the team. He is already helping AK. What could he do for the others? D-Will needs to go up to Spokane again and get taught by Stockton, Boozer needs to fly down south and learn toughness from Malone, and we would be fine. Sloan needs to go back to his ranch in Illinios and never come back, and we will be fine.

BJ Jazzy Rasta

I think that Andre still wants out...even though I wish he didn't. The grass is NOT greener on the other side AK! Sloan is NOT loved by AK or D-will. This does not bode well for the Jazz. LHM needs to find a fresh face fast that the players like and can be better friends with. Sloan is a great coach, but too old-school for some of our players. Marion coming here would not be beneficial to team chemistry. Bring in someone to coach who will make the players WANT to stay in Utah and re-sign with Utah. Fans love Sloan and I'm one of them, but even I can see he needs to move on. As far as a replacement, I have no idea who's out there, but I guarantee you there's someone...maybe Hornacek??

Who do you guys know of out there who could coach this team to better chemistry, optimism, VISION, and a CHAMPIONSHIP??

LHM

I will always take loyalty over talent. I conduct negotations the way an understaffed hospital would. I dont care about credentials it's the loyalty I care about. Sloan will always be the greatest coach,why? because he's the most loyal coach in the history of sports. Thats the reason I respect his opinion and ultimatley bow down at his feet. If Kobe Bryant was playing for this team and sloan wanted him gone I would do it without a moments hesitation. It doesnt matter what I want or what the players want it what sloan wants.

AK watcher


I think that the Jazz would be stupid to trade AK for Marion, or anyone else for that fact. He makes the Jazz a great team when he is playing. The Jazz have shown a interest in keeping him by running plays for him, notice the Matt plays. He makes the shot in that play. He is even better from longer range.

Hornacek?

There is much more to being a head coach than being able to tutor one guy on his shooting every now and then. Maybe Horny is head coach material but just because he was a good shooter and is spending some time here and there with Ak means nothing. It's like saying Ty Detmer threw with the QBs a bit during spring ball so he should be the next head coach.

What? Real inside info

My wife's sister's dog's friend's owner works at costco and over heard AK saying he loves the jazz and wants to stay forever!

BJ Jazzy - Read it for yourself

Ronnie Brewer's comment in the trib... about the Northwest Division being the most important thing to "him" and that he didn't know about everyone else...EXPOSES THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING THE JAZZ. THIS TEAM IS NOT ALL TOGETHER YET. THAT MY FRIENDS, IS SLOAN'S FAULT. AND YES, IT STARTS WITH COACH. D-WILL AND BOOZ WANT TO BE THE VOCAL LEADERS OF THE TEAM. IF WINNING THE NORTHWEST DIVISION IS NOT CLEARLY ONE OF THE "WRITTEN DOWN AND DISCUSSED" GOALS OF THE JAZZ, THAN THAT TELLS ME THAT THEY'RE ALL JUST GOING OUT NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, AND "SEEING WHAT HAPPENS."

KOC and LHM have brought a tremendous amount of talent
to this city. Enought to WIN a CHAMPIONSHIP.

What is lacking though, is CHAMPIONSHIP VISION. I've always wondered how the JAZZ TEAM communicates and converses about when it comes to goals. Do they even know that a goal is NOT a GOAL unless it is WRITTEN DOWN?

ATTN: Larry Miller- We need a new coach that has players who know what the COMMON goals of the team are.

Fan

Reading all the experts makes me apprieciate Jazz management even more.

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