To look back and say now that it was a bad idea is kind of a no brainer. Kind of
obvious dont you think? But if you were to look back to when he
signed that contract the Jazz would have been the dumbest team in the league if
they would have let him walk. Not including lossing their entire fan base in the
process.What purpose does it serve anyones life to always be looking
back in the rear view mirror all the time second guessing themselves or somebody
else? Well it does nobody nothing. He is on the team and we will need whatever
he has got left to do anything special.On top of that the Kirilenko
wants to play well. That is were his mentle state comes in. It kills him that he
doesnt play as well. It messes with his mind. He is not one of those players
just collecting a check. I think it is time to give the guy a break...
AK done less for the team? Maybe, but put his injuries in perspective before
you berate him for missing because of injuries: since he started playing in his
multiyear contract five years ago, he's missed 13, 12, 10, 15 and (up to now
this season) he's missed 19 games, for a total of 69 out of 410, which is 17% of
all of the possible games.Boozer has been way worse still - 31, 49,
8, 1, 45 and 8 up to this point in the season, for 29% of his games missed, and
that's in light of his newfound "durability" in a contract year.I do
agree that both players could use some toughening up, but AK in no way compares
to Boozer's "durability"; if Utah re-signs him (likely), you'll find he'll
return to pinstripe suit form on the sideline. Yeah, AK is overpaid
- the Jazz were in a bind and they were suckered by AK's agent in assessing his
market value & gave him a contract like Gasol's. That was Utah's folly and it
was a stupid mistake. AK will be gone after next year - Boozer? Back for
Is anyone ever going to hold Gary Briggs responsible for these petty injuries
not getting better.
Bottom line is if the Jazz are to make a serious run this playoffs we will need
Kirilenko with the team. On top of that fact we will need Boozer and Miles as
well. Funny the guys we criticize most are the guys that will probably put us
over the top.If we meet up with the Lakers you are going to be
thanking whomever you pray to that he is on the team. I would like to see him
matched up with Odom the entire time with Matthews locked onto Kobe. I am excited for what is to come.
A lot of Jazz fans don't like Boozer because of how he has been over his stay in
Utah... AK has been way worse. His has done less for the team and been paid way
more money. He makes $250K for every game he sits there in street clothes. And
it has happened every year. He is the softest player in the league.
We could use AK. Too bad he's Mr. Glass.