Great article. I like it when writers look at the NBA and the D-League in one
perspective like this. It's funny how not so long ago the comments
howled about canning Sloan, dumping Boozer, etc. I'm really excited
at the prospect of seeing the Jazz go into the playoffs as the second best team
in the powerful western conference. I think it would be SO COOL to
see them get past L.A. this year too and...Forget the Kobe vs.
LeBron Finals...Let's see Carlos take on his old team! And win!Okay, sorry. Fan hysteria took over there a bit.But hey, a
guy can dream, right?
For informational purposes, the Jazz are still in 4th, even though their record
is tied with DEN and DAL. DEN owns the tie-break by winning the series 3-1 while
DAL owns the tie-break because they are currently a division leader which trumps
season series. The Jazz need to finish one game better than both of them to get
the 2nd seed in the playoffs.
Who put that comment that Utah was 1/2 game behind Dallas? They are tied with
Dallas and Denver. Try to keep up with the true standings.
tied with DEN a 1/2 game ahead of DAL as they lost to POR. Beat IND
and WAS. Roll Jazz.
If the jazz are smart they take a look at keeping both these guys, It will be an
inexpesive route and will have a decent payoff
He was waived after march 1st so he is not playoff eligible.
Raja is hurt... won't be helping any team this year. He had surgery on his
wrist, I believe.
I heard that Raja Bell just got waived by golden state. Why dont we bring him
back? Get rid of Jeffers! I think that would add a lot of toughness to our team
if we add Raja as we make a serious playoff push. He is a great defender, good 3
point shooter, and has experience with the team. Any thoughts or chances of this
Dunno re: the comment about changing the philosophy and getting players who can
play "D" and hope they can develop their offensive skills. I think that was the
very definition of Ronnie B. And Mo Almond was just the opposite.But
Matthews just might be the ultimate key in contending for a championship. Why?
Because the Jazz were able to dump Ronnie B.'s salary and won't have to spend
$6M/per for a SG next season. Saving that money, along with trading AK's
expiring contract might enable the Jazz to re-sign Boozer.Doubt if
Utah can move up and get Cousins, but they could go for Whiteside or Aldrich.
Both are pretty good shot-blockers. Or maybe the Jazz draft Aminu at SF. CJ can
start, then slide over to back up the 2.In any case, finding
Matthews was uber-important. Jazz haven't had a decent answer at SG since Raja
deserves some credit for recruiting players who can and will play D. That is a
major shift from Almond. Mathews also plays D. I think in the past
the Jazz got players who could score and hoped they would play D. Now they
seemed to be focused on players who already play D and who might improve on
offense. If there is not enough improvement they can always reload
with another cheap Dleaguer. With the trade of Brewer the Jazz seem
to be signaling that they will shuffle role players to become better. If Gaines learns the offense he should be the answer at PG (back up) next
year. Price seems a little better this year at running the team but back up PG
is a weakness for the Jazz that cost them games and playoff positioning. The other big problem are wings who can shoot and defend. That also
seems to be improving. It will be interesting to see how much progress Mathews
and OJ make on offense next year. That leaves the PF/Cs. Too short
and poor D is a major problem against LA/DEN. Fez and Koof may/maynot be ready
i think oconner got a couple of d league gems. also cj is getting more playing
time and is going to be a great player since brewer went. we liked brewer but it
is going to give wes and cj more time and you can see we are wining, the other
day brewer got almost 12 minutes and no score. they might could use the extra
memphis draft pick and new yorks pick to move up in the draft. cousins from
kentucky might be a gem for the jazz.