My mom asks me that all the time why I follow the Jazz when it is so
frustrating, a sports addiction I guess
I meant rvalens2 Moreno "does" want to win titles, that is why I support them 20
games a year or so in person,,,,1/2 off tickets half the time. The Jazz should
have more deals like that
Re: Todd in Santa AnaDon't get me wrong, I'd love for the Jazz to
win an NBA championship. But in 40 years, I have never cheered for any team that
won either a national or state championship.In all that time, only
my beloved Utes have gone undefeated (in football).That's why when
championships come they are so special, because they rarely happen for the
little guys.By the way, it isn't that I dislike you. How can I. I
don't even know you. I just wonder why you follow the Jazz when they seem to be
driving you crazy...I sure wouldn't.
i am that passionate if not worse for the Broncos, Going to Angel games they
have a similar run set like the Jazz with Scoscia being there 11 years.They believe in homegrown, but at least get a player or two a year that helps
like Abreu last year and Hideko this year...I sense Moreno does not want to win
titles-that is the mindset the Jazz need to get
I like Chuck Nunn a ton also, that was a classy thing you did have a good
evening. Stinks lakers won maybe Dallas we can catch better for #3
Re: Todd in Santa AnnaI don't always agree with you but I do
understand your criticism of the Jazz.Their Jekyll and Hyde play can
be frustrating and I have to admit Jerry is often slow to adapt.That
being said, the Jazz are not going to change until Jerry retires. I have
accepted that and have decided to root for them anyway.I have been a
Jazz fan ever since they moved to Utah. I don't claim to be an expert but do
feel I can comment on the team's play.I love Chuck's comments that's
why I tend to defend him when the "uninformed" think he is coming off as a
buffoon who knows it all.I enjoy watching the NBA but I always try
to remember that it's only a game.If the Jazz lose that doesn't make
either YOU or ME a LOSER.It just makes us disappointed fans.
Todd, I think we all want changes and we understand that you are knowledgable.
But some of the readers feel you're not realistic. Yes we are tired
of being second best, yes we want a championship, but we're not the only team
that wants those things and we cant be expected to dump everyone and start from
scratch because who knows if that's going to work.Look at cleveland,
they've tried to do it for years. They even got the "chosen one" in lebron and
even with the best player in basketball they still have yet to get a
championship with him. No matter how much money they spend or redo the team's
look with new role players, they seem to come up short.Though I
think theyre the favorites to win this year, most of the NBA analysts do not.
How can you expect everyone to get on your bandwagon when it hasnt
worked for too many teams. The line between reality and fantasy seems faint when
you speak about Sloan and the management of the jazz. Yes we would like those
things, but are they realistic. It seems likely that they are not
I hear you loud and clear....Sloan cannot "make" players give effort-I said
nothing about Fes, he is acting like a child that needs his lollipop...My point
was we needed a big man at the deadline. I am tired of you guys blasting
"Avery" I am not calling for Sloan firing. If they lose early in the playoffs I
want him to be the "bigger man" and step down to give a new outlook and new
approach. What does it matter if every year we are 50-32 or 41-41? What is the
difference if the end result is the same. I know the Lakers are going to get
calls.Many jobs ask Tommy Lasorda, it is called staleness. It
is like a great Collector they cannot get into management most midlevel jobs
reach a ceiling or limit with the inability to go higher. This system appears
has limitations--If the Jazz win 2 rounds and lose in 6 or 7 to the Lakers I
will live with it, but I do not see us getting that far...
I got the sore throat and other symptoms about 10 days ago. Strenous exercise
was not an option. I ached all over and frankly did not have the strenght much
less the stamina to run, jump or even move quickly. Fez would be out
there if he were useful. Okur has some wear on him and it just goes
with the turf. He does play hurt but he is certainly not going to be effective
in a walking boot. He is no help if he can't shoot or rebound. AK
has a lot of miles on him and he also gets nagging injuries. For the
Jazz to have a chance they have to have all of the starters healthy for the
playoffs. AK and Okur need to heal for the playoffs. Fez will be ready in a few
days.HOU was a collective no show. It was not just one or two
players. Sloans philosophies doom the Jazz against a team like HOU. Don't defend
the 3 is a bad start against HOU. However, most of it was the
players who just did not have game that night.
I love Chuck rvalens2 and i am always on his site for intelligent analysis, We
dont always agree. However, guess what I have listened to probably 1500 Jazz
games over 30 years, subscribed to Home Court Magazine and Newsletters, spoke
with people such as Gary Bender daughter in law Amy Bombard who used to work for
the Jazz 20 years ago. I would listen to KSL in 20 win seasons EVERY GAME
STRUGGLING TO PICK UP A SIGNAL BEFORE SUNDOWN. You do not like me I
know, but sorry I and many others also know about the Jazz. Many of you will
not be impartial. It is never "Jerrys Fault" It is always "they are hurt"
"they are tired" "they are small market"Do you not get tired of
defending most of what they do? Why do not you call them out Do you think
Houston was not a joke?I root for the Uniform, the players, the team
play, the good guysI want more than most of youI AM
TIRED OF BEING A LOSER AND BEING 2ND BEST WHAT YEAR DO YOU GUYS WANT MORE...?
Thanks for the good word RV. Always good to hear from you!
Yeah, Monroe is on my short list of guys I'd like to see the Jazz draft this
summer. Maybe the ping pong balls will bounce right and we can get into DeMarcus
To those who question Chuck Nunn's posts on the Jazz:Please read
more of them before you comment.The guy knows and understands
basketball. He has been following the Jazz for a very, very long time.He's a sports reporter, and while that won't make him an expert in most of
your eyes that's more than most people can say. Besides, in my opinion, he is
usually spot on with what the Jazz should do.I for one am glad he
comes here and posts.
@Chuck Nunn, I can agree with fes being in a reserve role if he plays like he
did against the hornets, ironic that Memo goes out twice against them, but we
could use fes like he played last time against them. But i'm worried that like
CJ, he's a little inconsistent with his defense and fouls. He had that game,
then played against the suns like crap.The small line isnt scrappy
enough to play many mins, i dont like it either as you said. Fes
seems like to me how this team is, its a Jekyl and hyde syndrome is apparent and
we can either expect an amazing performance from him or the Phx game. I actually think if we got a greg monroe in the draft we'd be in an ideal
situation, small pf that works hard and a 6'11 PF that can pass and has great
footwork around the basket. That with Fes developing behind memo instead of
millsap would be the ideal situation next year. Here's to hoping
"NGB", I appreciate your point a bit better, and it's well-argued, but I think
that Fesenko can play a reserve role right now if he can beat this bug and get
in a couple of games before the playoffs, especially given that Memo is injured
and could use some rest before the first round starts. And although I'm not a
fan of the small lineup that Coach often goes with, there is certainly no
disputing the work that 'Sap has put into his game, and he is certainly worth
keeping on the floor as much as possible. And given that the chances of Boozer
coming back to Utah next season are not great, Paul can certainly be the starter
at PF for Utah.
Fair weather fans never changes. there are calling themselves fanz but there are
not real fans cowards throwing friends under bus.
This team might, slim chance, but if healthy, they might be able to make a run.
So you're telling the front office, waste the money you spent on
guys that have proven themselves when they've come back with more game,
Millsap's jumper is 100% better from a year ago which is why an undersized PF is
getting mins.Now I'm not saying this team is Ideal, it does need a
bigger, more defensive minded center, but we dont have one that would fit the
mold this year because Fes isnt on the same level as Dwill and Booz. When this
team disbands, which i think booz is gone this summer so i'd say next year, then
we should be trying to get fes or kk some 15 to 20 mins on a reg basis, but now
it would hurt more then help a jazz team that has shown at times that they can
compete with just about anyone in the league, next I dont think it will be the
what's the shot clock in NCAA basketball? isn't it somewhere in the 60 sec
range? to wait that long to see a shot go off, which is most of the time in NCAA
basketball. Do they really need that much time to set up a shot? OH WAIT!!
that's just good fundamental basketball. I would rather watch a 1-0 score soccer
game than have to sit through an NCAA game
It was a comparison Todd and Chuck, Curry is 7 ft 295 and has shown that he
could have post moves like booz at times, but he's a head case and he's not
playing, even though he's making that much money, he's riding the pine.Fes cant just be fed minutes for nothing or we're treating him like curry who
thought he was entitled to something because he was big.Fes needs to
show maturity, that he's actually an adult and realize this is a business, not
just a game in college or on the play ground. He's so inconsistant, one game
playing 41 mins the other fouls out at 9. feeding him mins isnt the answer
chuck, he needs a tony dungy intervention to help him realize he's got the
ability to demand play like shaq did and all he has to do is work. He doesnt though and thats why we dont see him. I agree with you
guys that the potential is there, that we should try and give him some mins, but
throwing 20 mins a game with this team isnt the solution
??????Who made Chuck Nunn the authority on coaching or developing
eddy Curry?What?Who ever mentioned him?
"NGB" it's more than being freakishly big that makes Fesenko a valuable asset to
the Jazz. He does have athletic ability and strength, and when he's had the
chance, he's shown it. To compare him to Eddy Curry is just not a proper
comparison, and nobody is advocating offereing Fess $10M to stay with the team
next season. But he can be an NBA center, and he's shown that. He just needs to
continue to be fed minutes on a consistent basis.
I guess it's better to lose with FES, like Jazzcop and Todd would prefer, then
win with guys that dont waste their talent or physical gifts because they think
they are entitled to something.If Fes was a wing player, Jazzcop
would say play Korver or him because Korver is king and todd would say he's not
emotional ept to play basketball and it's Jerry's fault he's on the team.But because he's 7'1 we should just give him a free ticket because he's
freakishly big, these are the same two guys that would ask us to get Eddy Curry
from the Knicks because he's big and work ethic/attitude doesn't matter when you
are that size.P.S. Eddy Curry gets paid 10 mill to score 3.9 pts and
1.9 rebs a game, bet the knicks were thinking just like Jazzcop and Todd when
they made that trade.
I have to say, six games out of the 79 so far this season isn't that much, so
although I appreciate Coach's comments to a degree regarding Fesenko, he's been
available way more than he hasn't, so not getting him into the rotation as much
as he needed to be can't be hinged on six missed games from illness. Also, I
doubt that anyone who's been on the receiving end of one of Fesenko's hard fouls
or had to try to fight around his block-outs would way that he's soft. The
criticisms of Okur and Kirilenko over their injuries is unfair as well, although
the frustration is understandable. I'm just pulling for Fess to be feeling up to
snuff for Friday's game and hopefully we get AK and Memo back before the
playoffs.Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!
Fes. You gotta toughen up man. We need you and you will get a chance now that
Okur is in a boot. Take some pepto bismo, eat some vitamin C, have a little
faith and go play NBA basketball man. If only I was seven feet tall...
I agree with thank you. and by the way thank you for making my day!!
Right on! This is the real problem! The players get payed whether they play or
not. NO PLAY...NO PAY!
Hail to Sokol and Jazz Cop, they took the words right out of my mouth, of course
rvalens2 rivals Blaunch and Doug as homers... However, the truth is expect Okur
or seemingly anyone outside Deron when "50-50" whether to play or not, "0-100"
they will not.Last night was a despicable effort, I predicted the 3
ball, i could see when they tipped off the game was lost- Midrange jumpers wide
open, Hayes crashing the boards, Boozer and Okur and even Matthews just
watching-biggest game of year and likely cost Jazz division title.
Okur, kirilenko and Fesenko...are softies. Thez spend more time riding the pine
than any three players in the NBA...Kirilenko makes Boozer look like an
Ironman..Kirilenko is the Jazz max player, lets not forget..There
never was a reason to give this guy as much cash as say Malone, Stockton or
Williams...Really people if he was not in the lineup permanently would
anyone really care...The problem is people like Durant and Odom are too big for
our tiny cadrea of swashbuckling second rounders and nameless gym rats....All of
the NBA is finding out that Euro players are as soft as the Euro, but as bloated
as ever with hype and expensive contracts.
Re: Thank you... @ 11:56 a.m."Its pretty rare to have such an
esteemed group of basketball geniuses all in one place."You're right
...Amazing group of posters on this forum, every one of them an
Einstein or Newton.Unfortunately, that's Fig Newton and Rodney
I would like to thank the Deseret News for this posting forum. Its pretty rare
to have such an esteemed group of basketball geniuses all in one place.
I have been in classes with several college basketball players, at a couple of
universities.These players are not very good players who are pretending to
be students.Anyone who is a great college basketball player these days
leaves after their freshman year.You are watching guys who usually aren't
good students or that great of basketball players.Players don't come
to class, they get free tutors, who know exactly what is on the exams.Good
college basketball players take 1 easy semester their fall semester, pass those
classes.Then they don't have to do anything, as they know they will leave
after the 2nd semester, so they don't care if they fail in the second semester,
because it ends after March madness and they'll be gone after that.
I stand by the Jazz regardless of all the media hype, even in the Stockton n
Malone era the Jazz were under-rated so whats new? GO JAZZ!! Deron Williams is a
solid point guard, all the others have an off night too but no one focuses on
Great. I had a nice laugh at that stupid who says foreign players are foreign to
play through injuries.1) Memo's injuries and number of games missed due to
injuries is MUCH MUCH less than CArlos' who is a AMERICAN.2) Memo Okur
played whole lakers series in 07/08 series with two serious injuries and
avreaged better numbers than CArlos who was said to have family problems.3) Memo risked his health and tried to play in games 4 and 5 of LAL-UTAh
series last year.4) Name me a game in which Carlos tried to play through
injuries. 5) Memo had a 250+ consecutive games played record while Carlos
has showed up only in %60-70 possible games. 6) AK and CArlos are two of
most vulnerable sissy soft players when it comes to accept the physical
punishment and hardiness.Any question?I hope Memo will be OK.
We need a full roster and still have a chance to finish in top3. Take care Memo.
What does sore throat do to playing basketball. Headache? I think Fesenko is
headache to the team.
This is sloans excuse for not doing what he doesn't want to do, blame it on
fesenko. could the case be different if sloan was actually sincere in wanting
to play fesenko, yes, posssible, very possible, it is for sloan to eliminate the
human factor in his dealings with other humans, beware, when dealing with sloan,
you deal not with another human, this person is so wrapped up in his own beliefs
about things, so far off base, so blind to reality, so callous towards a human
element in things, and, a master of self contradiction and finger pointing.this team was not prepared, it is sloans job to make sure the team is
prepared, sloan just shows up=team character, no planing, no thinking ahead,
while the others who plan and think ahead obviously have a huge advantage over
us and the jurassic methods that many of the fans support, this old skool stuff
is garbage, i'm so over it.that said, if okur is injured, at thsi
point of the year you have to start millsap, sloan will probably start koufus
instead, wrong time to get the rookies some time bub.
where the true competition is!
........it is foreign to the Foreigners. Memo, AK, Giracek,
Fesenko..........when they hurt....they do no play!
Team owners need to allow the NBA to go extinct before they agree to guaranteed
deals in the coming negotiation process. The NFL is the monstrous success that
it is because players can be cut at any time. Players in the NFL are forced to
give their best effort or they find themselves out of a contract. NBA players
get guaranteed money. Fesenko can relax at the beach with a "sore throat" and a
"headache" whenever he feels like it because he gets his money no matter what.
to no more: I think your very own american player Boozer missed more games then
all foreign players combined.
should have been pulled 2 quater you could tell by watching him he wasent right.
i just said they are playing him to much. you would think the coaches would have
seen that if i did? fes is probly tired of getting aBUSED BY SLOAN NEVER ANY
THING GOOD TO SAY LOOKS LIKE HE KNEW THEY WOULD BE PLAYING HIM ALOT THE LAST
SEVERAL GAMES AND GOT SICK.I THINK HIM AND KUFUS WANT OUT.
as i pointed out in my previous post, fesenko must be a really sickly person! he
missed so many games because of illnesses not related to basketball. i thought
pro athletes get all the best medical and nutritional care. apparently not
Foreign players. The Jazz need to learn their lesson. If Memo has had a sore
achilles the last couple games he hadn't shown it lately, but that has been the
pattern lately he will take time off then play a few games then find more
excuses to not play then come back a few games then more excuses WE ARE SICK OF
IT. It seems that Fes has watched our "star" players take time off for things
they don't need to be missing games for and he is developing a bad habit of
finding excuses to not play and still get paid. This Jazz organization needs a
complete overhaul starting with SLown. He has planted a seed of decent but
still mediocre play on this team for many many years. Our foreign players are
about as strong as cardboard, and our two best players dont play with any heart
in the games that matter. When will us tru Jazz fans get a team we can be proud
of????? It is getting very taxing to follow this team its hard on your heart and