This article whole assumes there is a vintage boozer.That cannot be
further from the truth.Boozer has actually never changed, he is
playing like he always does,It just that every one has figured out
the jazz.And as ususal sloan makes adjustments like a glacier.If you guys want a championship team get rid of the ilk like sloan and
boozer and build the team right. Build team that can win a championship.You can not win championship without a first teir player (a player who
was first team nba or first team defense the previous year)Closest
thing they have to that is AK who is 2nd teir because he made 1st team defense
in the past.Deron may make it someday but boozer never will.And the jazz will never win it because they don't have bigmen whose
priorty is defense.Boozer and sloan must go for championship
Where did it go? I saw a glimpse of it when Deron threw it down over I think
Battier in game 4 but other than that, where is it? The Jazz have not impressed
or shown their true potential all series. Lets just hope they find that killer
instinct and put mclady and the roctkettes away early...
The reason boozer can't beat mutombo off the dribble is those size 25 feet, and
mutombo tripps him up and anyone else that comes close. If sticking his feet
out doesn't do the trick then mutombo has the sharpest elbows in the league to
aid his defensive prowess.
The fact of the matter on Boozer, in his defense is that Houston has digested
the film, and have devised a plan to take Boozer, and Okur out of their comfort
zones. They have the athletes to do this. The Jazz have not adjusted to it.
The Jazz are basically not quick enough get to the rack, but they must try. The
idea is go to the hole and force fouls on the front line of the Rockets.
Battier is hobbled, Tracy is hobbled...Mutombo is decrepit.....Boozer must
reverse pivot on him, when he is down deep in the lane, and go strong to the
basket. So far, Boozer has not been aggressive enough....however, in his
defense, he is being denied the ball.....and Deron is dominating the ball too
much. If Brewer is fit enough....which is doubtful with his groin and other leg
injuries....he needs to shoot more....Okur needs to square up quicker and get
his perimeter shots off quicker. I have noticed that the Jazz are not passing
crisply enough, which leads to turnovers....Jazz need to push the ball more, and
put a body on more people....as in Landry, who is killing them on the boards and
in the lane.
The last three games have opened with the picknroll and Boozer pulling up for a
foul line jump shot. That is unacceptable!!! That lets them guard the Jazz
perimeter where the other four guys are standing. How hard is it for Houston to
play Defense when they are guarding five guys on the perimeter. If Boozer drives
in at least they will double and someone is open for an uncontested jump shot,
but foul line jump shots lets Rockets contest all players jump shots. Its all on
Boozer to get the Jazz the win tonight. If he settles for jumpers we loose. If
he will take it inside the Jazz run away with the win.
I think it's hilarious when sports fans think they have all the answers. You
don't think that Jerry and his staff have looked at every single solution.
Here's an idea. Forget about coaching, be a fan. Go Jazz!
Hey we can say all we want about Boozer taking it to Yao last year. But the fact
of the matter is that Mutombo is a better defender than Yao will ever be. Yes he
might be old, but this old man's arms are like tree limbs in a tornado they go
everywhere. If we can get memo to MEMO that he needs to take it inside to make a
switch from Mutombo to Memo instead of Mutombo to Boozer. We do this then Boozer
will have his kingdom inside the paint back.
Three things would make a big difference for Carlos. First is when they are
running plays for him, their spacing is terrible. Players don't have to move
far to establish effective double and tripple teams. Second, if Booxer woud be
aware of the inside out pass (and if the outside shooter would hit) it would
help him out. Third, evidently there is an unwritten NBA rule that players over
40 are allowed to play defense with both hands on the player they are defending.