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  • Jonnux
    May 11, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Cut Booze some slack, if you go to the games and see him up close you can see that he's giving it his all. When you go up against great teams like the Lakers it throws your game off no matter what you do and it makes you look like you don't know what you're doing. I hope he stays, I think he's a great player who once he gets his playoff game down he'll be one of the best assets to any team.

  • toddfromsantaana
    May 11, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    Gee Jazzsmack, everyone thinks Sloan as good as Jackson?

    Hee hee Hee Hee Hee Hee

  • Jazzsmack
    May 11, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    As Good as Boozer may be in ofrense and rebounding,

    he is a HUGE liability defensively,

    not even his old college coach would hardly play him in the olympics.



    Stats show the the jazz are TOO dependent on the PG/PF combo in thier system

    The most success the jazz have had this season is when other players have had the chance to contribute.

    While the system may brink consistnat success in the regular seson,

    it's results have always ended up as loss in playoffs.



    IT's team game,

    and playing at home and playing alot of mediorce and weak teams you can have success in the regular season,

    but against better teams in playoffs...

    ultimately you MUST have a team to win a championship andsystem to use that team,

    but most of all you nedd a player of player s tha shoot ans make things happen,

    not depend on aPF who can't shoot's threes, and dribble and create.


    PF defense is more important in the playoffs than all the system based scoring you can get.

    And it would help if sloan would coach, develop and play young players,

    communicate and teach, like jackson does.



  • toddfromsantaana
    May 11, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    i want to be fun and competitive, that is all i care about my name is Jazz fan

  • samoht220
    May 11, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Remember when we swept LA with Shaq and Kobe in 97 & 98, Malone was occasionally assigned to guard Shaq who was at his prime? Malone just pushed him out of the block hard, fouled him hard and made Shaq suffered; he also earned lot of FTs by attacking the rim. I know it's unfair to compare Boozer with Malone. Maybe we have too much expectation from PF as JAZZ fans.

  • Bugoff
    May 11, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    The Jazz need more and more consistent outside shooting. Sloan is a major problem there. He refuses to create inside out plays for his outside shooters. Korver has NO play designed for him.

    If the Jazz add outside shooting and ADD an inside out set to bust the paint pack it opens up the inside game and negates the height advantage to some degree.

    The Jazz get bombed from 3 because the guards have to leave their men open to help Okur/Booz inside. They can't be 2 places at once. Booz will not get better on D. This is his best year, a contract year.

    Sloan is a major problem but if you get the right players he can be worked around. Booz can not beat LA! he has had enough tries. He can't do it.

    The Boozer/Okur experiment is over. Get on with getting taller better players who can score and defend.

    Keep Fes and Koufos for 2 more years and see what you have. Dump them if not producing.

    Remake the Jazz now. Force Sloan to adjust or retire.

  • samoht220
    May 11, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I am so sick watching him play against the LA... Yes, we all understood that Gasol is too tall and talented to Boozer, but at least he should play tougher and give Gasol some hard fouls. Gasol just owned him by shooting turn around jumpers over him, not to mention those offensive rebounds & put backs. Besides, he was (will be) never a threat to LA as he just settled for fade away over the 7-footers... he could make them sometimes, but not very often, esp. when we needed to score down the stretch. This playing style just let the LA bigs to play defense effortlessly and to stay away from foul trouble. Height IS NOT AN EXCUSE! Also, Boozer's stupid offensive fouls and turnovers in the series were curcial, and vital too.

  • samoht220
    May 11, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Please DON'T bring back Boozer unless with a contact of 8-10M per year for not longer than 4 years (which I think it's impossible due to Mr Boozer's greedliness). Yes, he produced a lot of double-double during this regular season which is also his contract year, but did he show up when we need him the most? e.g. the season finale against PHX - we would not meet LA until the WCF if we could just win that game AT HOME!! If he gets a contract from us next year, he will return to that oft-injury overpaid player again.

    He played well offensively during the DEN series (that makes me could not belive that he was hurt right before the series), but it was not the key for beating the DEN. He just chokes in the LA series.

    It's time to say bye bye, Mr Boozer. I would not belive you had never thought about the free agency as you told us 'honestly'. Thank you for your efforts in these years anyway.

  • steve
    May 11, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    getting rid of Milsap,dumb..thinking Fes@ kosta need to be 10@10 players,when it is there 2nd season..dumb..if Boozer doesn't want to be here i don't want him here.If he dosent see what D-Will brings him..dumb..Jazz can get Monroe from Georgetown, in draft..Awesome!! Big men take longer to season,some get there by 30.Jazz can look at Philly,they have 2, 7 footers there both good.Good year, grown alot this year, were still a young,talented,TEAM,AND TEAM IS THE WORD..a lot to look forward to in the future..Baby with the bath water dosent apply here. REMEMBER THE KNICKS,WOLFS,WARRIORS,CLIPPERS,@ 12 OTHER TEAMS NEVER MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS,THIS YEAR.@ THE JAZZ MADE IT FOR THE 26 OF THE LAST 27 YEARS.lAKERS,CELTICS,BULLS,CAN'T EVEN say THAT..draft will be very important.LET THE PING PONG BALLS ROLL..GO JAZZ!!!

  • SAJazzFan
    May 11, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    No question about it that Boozer is one of the best PFs in the league offensively. His defense is only partially his fault though.

    Just imagine for a moment how fantastic Boozer would be offensively with a "true" big to back him at the 5 position, to knock the Odoms, Gasols, and Bynums on their backside once in a while. My guess is that his defense would actually improve greatly as well if he knew that he had some "effective" backup once in a while.

    I think if the Jazz took whatever they could possibly spare (draft picks, $$, etc) and got a talented, effective, true NBA center (no more "upside" young guys or 3-pt shooting centers, they need someone who can jam the middle, not spread the floor), and actually kept Boozer, then they could probably be an elite NBA team.

    The Jazz pushed the Lakers very hard in most of this series WITHOUT an effective center. Can you imagine what they could do with even one?

    Just like Boozer, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, the Jazz just need to find a way to minimize Boozer's.

    He's worth keeping around.

  • yankee doodle
    May 11, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    So if I understand all of you Boozer lovers, he stunk cuz he was playing against 7 footers, then how do you explain Milsap putting up 21 points and 6 rebounds? He is even shorter and not as "good" as Boozehound as you all say right?. So how is it that he got more points against all those 7 footers? I'll answer for ya, Boozehound gave up! plain and simple. Milsap would never do that and he didn't do that, I'll take that kind of player any day over Boozer. And to whoever said the Jazz will never win a championship with Milsap at PF, well they will never win one will Boozer either, so what does it matter?

  • nvfan
    May 11, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Utah needs to be willing to make the necessary adjustments during games as well as in its personnel issues. When Boozer was getting dominated last night, Jerry needed to repace him before we got down 20 points. I shut off the TV at half time because I couldn't watch Boozer any longer. We need a big man that can score and defend down low. Fes could develop into that player with time but will not be there in the next year or two. Giving up Boozer's contract will allow the Jazz the money to fill that position during this draft or through free agency. Keeping Boozer would be the biggest road block to improving this team, because of cost. I agree that Boozer played his best season of basketball since coming to Utah. But the last four games showed just how deficient he is at playing against taller players. Gasol just made him look silly.

  • mrs_cassells
    May 11, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    Carlos Boozer is a hero!! A true ledgend!! He's one of the best basketball players that has ever played the game. There is no one like him and will never be another like him. He brings class, integrity, honesty and true talent to the game. He's the best at not only his position but any other position on the court. No one can hold a candle to him. You can't shut him down!! You can't extinguish that fire for greatness that burns inside him. He strives for greatness and achieves it each and every night. His passion and talent is unmatched and untouchable. He is a truly exceptional person on and off the court. He is a credit to not only his race but to all mankind. To witness him go to work on the court it to be a witness to an unmatched gift. Carlos Boozer is a man of great stature and is truly gifted by God. There's no one better!! There's no one greater!! Carlos Boozer is the most talented man to ever set foot on the basketball court.

  • Basketballogy
    May 11, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    Boozer had a tough game 4 against the Lakers for sure, but the Jazz SHOULD have been beaten inside. Gasol, Odom and Bynum have a significant edge on Boozer, Milsap and Fesenko.

    But how do Williams, Matthews and Kover justify losing outside game to the likes of Brown, Farmar and Fisher?

    Just look at the shot chart for that disastrous 2nd quarter: the Jazz missed EVERY shot that wasn't in the paint!

    No outside shooting, plus 6 turnovers (4 by Jazz guards) in Q2 put the Jazz in a hole they couldn't dig out of.

    Take that quarter out of the books and the Lakers would only lead by 3 points.

    Nobody's talking about it, but the Jazz guards were MIA on defense this entire series.

    In Q3 it was SHANNON BROWN who stepped up in response to the Jazz run with two huge 3 pointers and a dunk.

    And in game 3 it was Fisher, Brown and Farmar that torched the Jazz, not Bynum and Odom.

    Even Kobe scored better against the Jazz than against the Thunder.

    Boozer did well enough against bigger and better players.

    What is Williams' excuse?

  • Fuzzbrain
    May 11, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    I think Fesenko is a fun player to cheer for but the Jazz need a much more skilled player & someone with a lot more energy than Okur seems to have. The Jazz would be fine with undersized PFs if they didn't also have underskilled centers & an undersized shooting guard. Wes Matthews is a great contributor but he is always going to get beat by the players that can just shoot over him. Imagine how great the Jazz could be if Okur & Matthews were coming off the bench & the Jazz were starting a shot blocking center & a shooting guard like Joe Johnson. At least 3 of the Jazz starters this season would be coming off the bench for other teams.

  • Bugoff
    May 11, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    Boozer is largely responsible for getting the Jazz as far as they went. He is also partly responsible for getting swept by LA.

    He is great but not the right PF to beat LA.

    You have to win the West to win a championship.

    If you keep Booz it is very hard to beat LA. If you get the right replacement you have a better chance of going just as far and maybe getting a shot at a championship.

    Keep Booz and stay the same. Try someone else and maybe go forward.

    Heads you win. Tails you are no worse off. Take a risk and get a bigger better defending PF.

  • byronbca
    May 11, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Let's hope the Jazz Front Office can pull off the same magic they did this year.

    If I were to tell you last June that the Jazz would be able to keep Boozer, Okur, and match a 10 million dollar offer sheet for Milsap would you have believed it?

    What if I told you that the Jazz were also able to get one of the top ten rookies that declared for the draft (Wes Mathews) and a future lottery pick for a player the Jazz had no intention of bringing back for 2010-2011 (Ronnie Brewer)?

    And what if I told you that they were able to do all this while only going over the cap by 5 million dollars would you have believed it?

    Say what you will about Boozer but the fact is that without him we wouldn't have made it to the second round of the playoffs.

  • Bugoff
    May 11, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Wages of Win listed the top 15 at each position.

    PG Dwill is tied with Nash for 3rd behind Kidd and Rondo.

    SG Kobe is 4th behind Wade, Ginobili, and Johnson.

    SF AK is 12th

    PF Booz is 2nd behind Camby and ahead of Odom in 3rd. Millsap was 14th.

    C Gasol is 4th behind Howard, Duncan and David Lee.

    Kobe, Gasol and Odom are about equal with DWill, Booz, AK and Millsap in wins produced. Wins produced is based on regular season position adjusted win scores and minutes played.

    If the Jazz want to pay they can get Lee for Boozer. However, they will not win any more games.

    The match ups with LA are killing UT. There is no question that Booz is good in the reg season. However he does not match up against Gasol/Odom in the playoffs.

    Build a team that can beat LA! You have to give up something to get better.

    You have to choose between winning in the reg season with Booz and finding a PF who can compete with Gasol/Odom. If you get the later the reg season will take care of itself.

  • CJ Miles
    May 11, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    Carlos Boozer is one of the best players in the league when healthy.

  • SportzFan
    May 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Booz, learn to dish when you're doubled, and you'll be fine next time.

  • RSL LOVER
    May 11, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    Boozer won't produce the numbers that he is having with the Jazz with another team. When you check Milsap number's they are close to Booz's, but it's for the sistem and D-Will, if we get a Bigger PF who can play more defense than Booz, the sistem will make his as productive as Booz and will help on defense. We should let AK go, that is just too much money for him, and for the right price we should have Booz back.

  • scott_px@yahoo.com
    May 11, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    Boozer Bandwagon: Carlos had a great year but didn't have a good game 4 going 4-11 from the field for 10 points. He was one on one with Paul Gasol all night long. The Lakers are obviously taller, have more wing span and are experienced. I'm getting fatigued seeing Phil Jackson and Jordan win all those championships, now Kobe and Phil winning even though Sloan is the better coach. Jerry hasn't taken years off like him but deserves a championship. At least we got passed the Nuggets. Let's use the top 10 pick next year to draft a 6-10 power forward or center with shot blocking ability and an offensive game Cole Aldriche, DeMarcus Cousins, etc. or use it to get a decent defensive center.

  • louisiana jazz man
    May 11, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    re notachance gdog someone already said it we dident win one with boz . and as for millsap dont have the post moves like boz what post moves aint seen any unless you call a fade away a post move. millsap dident seem to have a problem scoring inside or out.

  • JustAnotherAverageGuy
    May 11, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    All you posters talk about "getting" an athletic big man. That would be nice, but what about the two athletic big men sitting on the end of our bench, who suffered all yeaar from lack of playing time because Sloan doesn't "trust" them.

    Then, when an injury shelves the guy that Jerry does trust, we don't have any experienced subs who can step in. Koufenko looked helpless out there because they haven't had sufficient PT to develop their skills.

    Blame Boozer all you want for this year, this series, this game. But in my mind, a LOT of the blame should be laid at the feet of the coach who refuses (for the most part) to change his ways and deal with the talent he has, instead of adapting his system to match the skills of the people on his bench.

  • SoCalUte
    May 11, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    The biggest disappointment is that they quit. It is not on Boozer, or D'Wil or any individual. They just all wanted the early vacation more than they wanted to keep playing in the playoffs. I can handle losses and disappointments, but I do not have any tolerance for quitting. These boys are being paid Millions of dollars because of the fans that support them. There is no excuse for quitters. I say we need a true 'Professional' team in Utah. Bye Bye to AK, Bye Bye to Miles, Bye Bye to everyone except D'Will, Milsap and Matthews

  • Captain L
    May 11, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    As far as the draft is concerned, at this point (and things could change), I like Udoh as my first pick, then Monroe or Motiejunas. Udoh is 6'10", long, athletic, shot blocker, defender, handles the ball like a pt forward. Monroe is 6'10/11, not quite as athletic nor is he as good a shot blocker, he plays smart, you can facilitate your offense thru him, pretty one sided (lefty). Motiejunas is 7' and very offensive minded, good mobility, they compare him to Bargnani of Toronto. All three play the 4 spot and would give us size and length we now don't have. I like Udoh because of his shot blocking, defense, and ball handling. None of the three will be able to come in and replace Booz to start the season but AK can fill in at the 4 (as can KK & Memo). If Fes and Kk can develop and we get one of those 3 in the draft we'll be in pretty good shape for the future.
    If the Jazz decided to go for a 3 man in the draft, Johnson or Aminu would be good but they maynot be there when we pick.

  • Anonymous Infinity
    May 11, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Why do so many message boarders think the Jazz will be able to draft or trade for any player who at any size will come to Utah and make a difference. As has been pointed out, Carlos Boozer has rebounded as much as anyone could possibly expect. The other thing, why doesn't the league measure and weigh all the players and get it right....as in the buff. This policy of overstating heights/weights is over the top. If some Jazz players are 6'7" and they are advertized as being 6'9" that is a deception. I think most of players are not what we are told. That is rediculous. As to the contributions Carlos made to the team, he has done well, under the circumstances of being snakebitten with injuries. The other injuries caused may loses. The Jazz should have ended up the regular season in 2nd place, best case scenario, they would have overtaken the Lakers for best in the west. Check it out. If the Jazz don't resign Boozer they will on the decline, trust me. Okur is iffy for next season. It's clear without a healthy Kirilenko the Jazz are in trouble.

  • Henry Drummond
    May 11, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    Kyle Korver is also at the end of his contract and was more than just a little absent from last night's game and most of the playoffs, yet he doesn't ever seem to get the kind of press that Boozer does. Isn't it time to quit the flame baiting?

  • Batman
    May 11, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    The Lakers are just too big and long for the Jazz, and have a Star clutch player who kills them. In other words, they are just much better.

    Jazz need to find a way to fill the gap. The lakers are aging, but no-where near old yet and I think they have another 3-5 years.

    Is Boozer part of the answer? Probably not when you already overpaid AK and Memo, unless you can dump one of their salaries. I think Boozer played pretty well this year, but granted he does not have good defensive ability, especially when asked to guard someone much taller. The Jazz should only resign him if it is at a reasonable price, and I doubt it will be with the number of teams with cap money this year. I don't think he will get the super huge money, however, as teams can see his weaknesses as well.

    I wouldn't resign Fez either, he is a waste of a big man with a little mind, and clearly not the answer. Jazz need to get a big with their pick who has some defensive skills and length to contribute against the Lakers.

  • SG Man
    May 11, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    If we can keep Boozer and actually get an athletic Big man, I think the Jazz could win it. Boozer impressed me this year. Many of you don't know what he really brings to the Jazz. I say only keep him if we get the real big man though. You can't expect Booz to defend several towering giants.

  • Basketballogy
    May 11, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    Trivia question: who has the most rebounds per game in the 2010 playoffs so far?

    a) Pau Gasol
    b) Andrew Bynum
    c) Lamar Odom
    d) Dwight Howard
    e) Joakim Noah
    f) Carlos Boozer

    The answer is: f) Carlos Boozer.

    Surprised?

    Not only is Carlos Boozer one of the most effective power forwards in the league, regardless height, he is one of the most effective "bigs" in the NBA.

    During the 2009-2010 NBA season, the Jazz's undersized power forward, Carlos Boozer was:

    o 6th in the NBA among all players at shooting percentage

    o 3rd in the NBA among all players at defensive rebounding

    o 4th in the NBA among all players in total rebounds

    It takes a lot of heart to do that in this league, especially at his size.

    What are the odds that the Jazz will get someone on a sign and trade with as good of production as Carlos Boozer, but with more length? Not good. In fact, that just isn't going to happen.

    It would be FOOLISH for the Jazz to dump Boozer, if only because they won't find someone available at his position that can play better.

  • patriot
    May 11, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Boozer was asked to do the impossible - guard a 7'1 center that is probably the best in the game. Boozer is barely 6'8 and that match up just doesn't work ... but Sloan had no choice with Memo and AK out. I like Boozer but his consistency is a real question mark and it doesn't make sense to pay him the big money any more. Let him go back east somewhere and fade away at Phili or New Jersey or somewhere and go get a couple of 6'11 power forwards ... from Europe or Brazil to take his place. Time for a change.

  • Bugoff
    May 11, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    Booz is what he is. He is a great undersized PF. Unfortunately, the Jazz can not beat LA will an undersized PF.

    I give Booz credit for playing as well as he did. Thanks for doing all you could.

    However, Booz needs to find more Benjamins and UT needs to get a bigger PF who can defend and score.

  • jumpinjax
    May 11, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    Enough with the excuses for Boozer, Yes this is a hard series for him! But the Lakers aren't going away or getting shorter. And why were Millsaps numbers good? Last time I looked he was shorter than Boozer. I say move Kirilenko back to PF, where he was an all-star and it gives us some shot-blocking,(Guards won't just go down the middle and shoot layups over AK like they do Boozer.) Let us see if we can't get some picks or something for Booz, we should of traded him this season.RE not a chance, Why do u think we can't win a championship with Millsap? in this series he out-played Boozer period. To make it to a championship we are going to have to beat the Lakers. Boozer averages 19 pts and 11 rbs, Millsap averages 16 pts and 10 rbs as a starter. Those extra 3 points really make him that much better?

  • Utes001
    May 11, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Did we expect anything less than a "Loozer" MIA for this game? Hasn't he always been MIA when it mattered? PLEASE don't bring him back Jazz brass: KOC, Miller, Sloan, etc.

  • JFFR
    May 11, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    Last year Boozer DOMINATED the Lakers. All the Booze haters said it was because he was playing for a contract. Well guess what? He was playing for a contract this year too!

    Booze is an All-star but he's not a super-star. Karl Malone was a superstar, Jazz fans expect Boozer to be one too. He's not, but he is really good. Hopefully he comes back next year.

    He was the heart of the team this year. He called out DWill when DWill needed to be called out. He supported AK and brought energy every game.

  • Bugoff
    May 11, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    Booz is what he is. He is a great undersized PF. Unfortunately, the Jazz can not beat LA will an undersized PF.

    I give Booz credit for playing as well as he did. Thanks for doing all you could.

    However, Booz needs to find more Benjamins and UT needs to get a bigger PF who can defend and score.

  • kshio
    May 11, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    wow....some of you people make it sound like the Jazz got pounded by 20 every game....

    6-7 plays go differently and it could have been 3-0 Utah....Now, they didn't MAKE those plays, but the opportunity was there.

    Getting beat like this in game 4 is disappointing, but not surprising - especially after losing game 3 by a point. It's human nature to let down after something like that, and one or two players fighting back isn't enough, all 13 needed to be fighting and they weren't.

    By the way, I hope Booze comes back...don't know how they're going to manage it, but I hope Greg decides to pay the luxury tax one more year, keep the team together, and then add a quality big man with the pay cut you'll be giving AK after next year.....he's got 17+ mil coming off the books - if it was Stockton, AK'd agree to play next year for $10 mil, so they could sign someone to help!! :)

    Remember, it to Stockton and Malone like 13 seasons together to make it to the finals....keep the team together!

  • Buzz
    May 11, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Money may equal more talent but it does not always equal rings. Ask the Dallas Mavericks.

    The only teams that I know of to win the championship while over the cap are the Lakers (once and it was last year when they were over by only 3 mil) and the Celtics two years ago.

    When the Lakers and Spurs were winning all those titles last decade, they were never over the cap.

  • kshio
    May 11, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    wow....some of you people make it sound like the Jazz got pounded by 20 every game....

    6-7 plays go differently and it could have been 3-0 Utah....Now, they didn't MAKE those plays, but the opportunity was there.

    Getting beat like this in game 4 is disappointing, but not surprising - especially after losing game 3 by a point. It's human nature to let down after something like that, and one or two players fighting back isn't enough, all 13 needed to be fighting and they weren't.

    By the way, I hope Booze comes back...don't know how they're going to manage it, but I hope Greg decides to pay the luxury tax one more year, keep the team together, and then add a quality big man with the pay cut you'll be giving AK after next year.....he's got 17+ mil coming off the books - if it was Stockton, AK'd agree to play next year for $10 mil, so they could sign someone to help!! :)

    Remember, it to Stockton and Malone like 13 seasons together to make it to the finals....keep the team together!

  • remcycle
    May 11, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    Love the Players, love the coaches, love KOC, love the Jazz dancers all you want. It makes no difference because the Jazz would have lost to Oklahoma, the Suns, and probably the Spurs had they played them. Sure, we beat a dysfunctional Denver team because Denver did not respect their coach and used that as an excuse to start their vacation early. I don't think that would have happened with George Karl there. I realize that it is very hard to build a championship team and there will always be the likes of the Lakers to face. I am just tired of the same old system. Watching our team use up the clock running the same post screens against a team like the Lakers is like watching someone beat their head against a wall for 48 minutes. The Suns may not be able to beat the Lakers either, but they are at least fun to watch.

  • estreetshuffle
    May 11, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    See a lot of potential for next year. Lets put this year away in the bookshelf and go on. Reality is the Jazz front office have no money....money equals more talent.

  • AK47
    May 11, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    RE: Notachance "Jazz Fans...You will never win a championship with Paul Millsap"

    Well, last time I checked, the Jazz have not won a championship anyhow. They just got swept by the Lakers which leads me to believe that if we spend all our money on Boozer, we will keep getting the same results. We'd be over the cap and not able to bring in any other players to help us compete. So, what you are saying is throw your money to heartless, money-seeking players such as Boozer. When Millsap was starting for Boozer for a stretch last season, he had 19 straight games with a double-double. So his post moves aren't as great as Boozer, he makes up for it with hussle and heart.
    With the Money we save by not resigning Boozer, we can afford to get another piece to the puzzle. Maybe a 3rd or 4th year center who is underutilized by thier team. AK can back-up Millsap, in his pure European MVP position of Power Forward.
    Draft Donatas Motiejunas, he is as good at defense at Boozer (doesn't take much) and he gives us more height, at the PF.

  • AJ
    May 11, 2010 9:15 a.m.

    Hey notachance... How well have we been doing with Boozer as the starting power forward? We played just as well or better most of last season with Boozer injured as we did this year with him healthy. His defense is way to soft. Admittedly he was in foul trouble last night, but how many times to we have to watch someone penetrate and get a layup over a flat footed Boozer? Is to too much to ask your 6-9 power forward to actually jump and contest a shot now and then? Milsap will at least get up and try to affect shots. All Boozer seems to do is raise his arms half heartedly. Of course unless we do a sign and trade we still won't be able to add much unless it's through the draft since we'll still be over the cap regardless of whether Boozer resigns.

  • Not Asleep
    May 11, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    I agree with gdog3 and Uncle Rico. Playing against three skilled 7 footers was just too much for him and for us. For my part, I hope he returns and that we get a really good big man. Fez showed some growth in the playoffs though there is a looong way to go. Watching the Jazz this year for the most part has been a joy. Was there one guy who gave us grief in terms of attitude and desire? The injuries were tough. Boozer whatever his bonehead comments were in the past kept up a good attitude throughout the year and was an important part of our team and I can't remember him saying anything regretful this year. His comments in this article shows he is capable of restraint and discretion. Thanks for a good year! We beat Denver!

  • Utahman24
    May 11, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    I am not a Boozer fan, but I agree that we need Him back IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Unless we trade kirilenko or millsap it is not going to happen, if Boozer is willing to take a pay cut which I doubt than it would show alot of selflishness.
    Jazz need too: Draft a legit 7 footer i.e. Monroe, Davis, Udoh. Resign mathews, let korver go, bring in a tough guy garbage big man and another solid role player. i.e. raja Bell. Alot will depend on what happens with Kirilenko's contract if we can trade him or not.

  • jzzfn
    May 11, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    I have been very critical of Carlos Boozer for awhile but have been pleased with his play for the most part this year. My only complaint . . . he has absolutely no clue how to play help defense. It is non-existent in his game. I don't understand why someone doesn't take him aside and show him video of Brown (a guard) shooting a baseline jumper over a flat-footed Boozer from five feet out. I have never seen Kobe shoot so many uncontested, unmolested layups in my life and most of those were with Boozer playing "Ole'" defense. What is up with that? Can anybody help me to understand why this is not being brought to his attention? I don't think it is possible for someone in the NBA to play with less effort on defense than Carlos Boozer. He could be a great player if he would work on his defense. He is very talented offensively, but his defense KILLS us. I wish we could bottle whatever Wesley Matthews runs on and inject it into every other player. He plays with heart, grit, determination, and hustle. We need others to look to the undrafted rookie's example.

  • Uncle Rico
    May 11, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    I'm defending Boozer, and no, I'm not crazy.
    He faced three 7 ft. post players, the worlds best player and an elite guard in Fischer.
    Boozer has played well most of the year, and I wish him the best whether back in a Jazz uniform or not.

  • notachance
    May 11, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    Jazz Fans...You will never win a championship with Paul Millsap starting at power forward. He's a good player but Boozer is so much better. Whether he leaves or not we'll wait and see, but Paul Millsap is not the answer.

  • astroboy
    May 11, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    right on gdog3

  • Doug10
    May 11, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    Good article about a bad ending.

    Jazz this year were a great group to watch as they did not have fear in their makeup. They did not care if they were down they always thought they could win. That is due to coaching and team attitude.

    Boozer needs to return. He is 4 inches shorter than Amare, now he plays better defense and his numbers are better than Amare and he gets paid 40% less than Amare. He is number 2 or 3 in NBA as PF. If we lose him Milsap is not going to be able to replace him.

    Optimitically we could do a sign and trade with Korver and get a veteran big who can teach our bevy of bigs something about this game. Till Koufos and Fes change their attitude and get serious the Jazz will continue to have a gaping hole in the middle.

    Not sure a rookie bit will help us right away though

  • Observation-ist
    May 11, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    Just STOP. Please. Just STOP dissing on Boozer. Perhaps it was deserved in previous years, but this year, Boozer has stepped up and given tremendous effort. He struggled against LA's length. So did everyone.

    If you want to pound on someone, may I offer up 16,000,000 reasons why AK deserves some of this tough love. In a series and a season when his length was sorely needed, he was Missing In Action. This year, Boozer showed up. AK didn't. If you want to vent your frustration on someone not giving the effort required, focus on AK not Boozer. In my humble opinion, Boozer earned his keep this season. AK did not.

    If I could find a way to keep Carlos and replace AK, I'd do it in a heart-beat.

  • Shake -n- Bake
    May 11, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    You guys defending Boozer are crazy. Haven't you seen enough in his time here to know better? Absolutely agree with your assessment that DWill isn't the best defender either but that doesn't change the fact that Boozer may be the worst post defender the Jazz have ever had.
    He doesn't play physical; he constantly gives up the low block; doesn't move his feet; and in my life I have never seen I worse big man at defending the rim. He pretty much just steps aside and allows penetrating guards free passage to the hoop.

  • yankee doodle
    May 11, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    C'mon gdog3, I don't disagree with everything you said, the Jazz definitely need a big man in the middle, but give me a break, finances "might dictate" him leaving? It will be the ONLY reason he leaves or stays, remember how he came back to Utah because he couldn't get the boatload of money he thinks he deserves elsewhere? And that is the reason he lied and stabbed his former team in the back because the Jazz offered him a ton of money. And he needs to play "better" defense? How about he needs to play any defense period, he did not improve in that area one bit this year, your "fuzzy" thinking is getting in the way of your comments. And I just don't get how you think Miles is now one of the Jazz best players, I just don't see that one.

  • DH48
    May 11, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    A good season for Boozer and my thanks to him for the effort he put out. The Lakers just have too much for the Jazz. Too much height, athleticism, talent, speed and skill. I've said it all season long, the Jazxz are a good team but not a great one. Never the less, they gave us some great moments this season and a lot of fun. Thanks guys!

  • yankee doodle
    May 11, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    You are kidding me? No way, what a shocker that Boozehound packed up his tent and went to the beach already, no I don't believe it.

  • John Charity Spring
    May 11, 2010 7:38 a.m.

    Good riddance! Boozer represents everything that is wrong with the modern athlete: selfishness, greed, and disloyalty. His complete unconcern for the welfare of the team and his teamates has been evident for far too long. Boozer does not share the values of this community, and it is time for him to go.

  • Spokane Fan
    May 11, 2010 7:07 a.m.

    Another year, similar emding. It's tough to see the few players who come to play every day, held back by those who suddenly seem to fade away at times, either to injury or to lack of motivation. I have followed the Jazz religously since they arrived in Utah. Seasonticketholder for two years. I have been the dedicated die hard fan who has hung in there through the good years and the bad years. It is very difficult to follow this team these days. A shake up of some sort would give me some hope but until then, this Jazz fan is out!

  • Anti Democrat-Republican
    May 11, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    I hope it's his last game.

  • otis1978
    May 11, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    Yes, Boozer had a choppy series, but it's an incredibly tough match-up playing against two seven-footers and the Lakers clogging the middle on defense. Boozer rebounded well, but I'd like to see any commenter play against the Lakers' bigs. I don't see it as a lack of heart with Boozer, just a touch mismatch. BTW, I'm a Lakers fan who has great respect for how hard the Jazz played even though they were greatly over-matched at every position except point guard. Lighten up on Sloan. With the right players the Jazz will be there. If he coached the Lakers players, they would be very, very good as well.

  • Richard
    May 11, 2010 5:21 a.m.

    "Of all sad words of mouth or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been.' "

  • gdog3
    May 11, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    Very few players are perfect. Boozer has his faults, but is a solid baller.

    The Jazz really need to make additions to match up against the Lakers.

    Boozer would look like a world beater with a legit Center next to him.

    I am not a huge Boozer fan, and I am 50/50 on him coming back. But I do think he is judged harshly. Finances might dictate the departure of Boozer, but mark my words when I say, we will miss him if he goes. Watch and see. I love Millsap, but come on.

    Negative fan perception of Boozer is mostly based on not liking him personally. Sure he needs to play better defense. actually he has done that some. Never mind that though. Not liking him makes fans fuzzy in their thinking.

    Remember those that thought Miles was worthless? They forgot how young he was, and failed to see his talent. The fans lost to O'Connor on that one.

    How about when Brewer got traded. Is anybody saying that Brewer should still be the starting two guard? O'Connor was right again.

    Kevin will do the right thing with Boozer this summer. Maybe Boozer gets resigned.

  • gdog3
    May 11, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    Boozer struggles against the Lakers because it's a tough match up for him. He's 6 foot 9 and goes up against three SKILLED 7 footers.

    The Jazz have no big man in the middle to compensate for their weaknesses. Yes, Boozer is a part of this, but so is D-Will. It's not like he doesn't get beat defensively.

    Stockton played the passing lanes (all time steals leader) because he knew Eaton had his back in the paint.

  • B Russ
    May 11, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    Boozers last will and testament: Boozer leaves to find some more team mates who will cover his but on defense.

  • Solomon Levi
    May 11, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    One thing is certain; Boozer won't be playing for the Jazz next year.

  • jazzfan65
    May 11, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    Lakers shooting free throws when their opponents aren't. what's new in David Sterns NBA. Whatever happens with Booze lets get a big with the knicks pick in the draft