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  • badger52
    June 6, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    I was offended by Mr. Rosenberg's comments. I live in China teaching English and I fight misconceptions and bigotry everyday. When anyone generalizes a group of people as crazy it hurts everyone. We need more tolerance and respect in this world and less hate and hurtful words. People in the media should realize that even if this was said tongue and cheek it will not be understood as such by everyone that hears those words. There should never be a time when making fun of someone or some group of people is OK. Please rethink your level of tolerance and respect.

  • badger52
    June 6, 2010 5:04 a.m.

    I was offended by Mr. Rosenberg's comments. I live in China teaching English and I fight misconceptions and bigotry everyday. When anyone generalizes a group of people as crazy it hurts everyone. We need more tolerance and respect in this world and less hate and hurtful words. People in the media should realize that even if this was said tongue and cheek it will not be understood as such by everyone that hears those words. There should never be a time when making fun of someone or some group of people is OK. Please rethink your level of tolerance and respect.

  • JePaMac
    June 3, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    i just sent sid a nice email. you should look up his email address and do the same thing.

  • the Mailman
    June 3, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    @ PJ

    I must agree

  • PJ
    June 3, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    UTAH: "Where the separation of church and state does not exist"

  • Letsgolakers
    June 3, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    Sid Rosenberg is a complete loser. He was fired by Imus several years ago for being an idiot and flapping his gums to offend Imus' listeners - the pot calling the kettle black!

    I live in Miami now and i'll tell you that there are more crazy people here than any place in the world. Miami is not gorgeous and its not a nice place to live not is it a nice place to raise kids. Can you imagine if someone said that Florida or NYC has so many crazy Jews that no one would want to live there?

  • LKA
    June 3, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    @ Monty Montana. Thank you for your comments. Also Montana does not take a back seat to any other for its beauty.

  • Sokol
    June 3, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    I tend to agree with those who believe that Boozer needs a solid center down low, when Okur is missing his 3 point shot, he is basically worthless. Okur
    did play well against Yao Ming, but then again Yao Ming is fragile and slow like Okur....Okur will not
    be able to defend athletic studs. I think Okur should say adios....jump on one of those Turkish Flotillas and head for the Laker Blockade...

  • JFFR
    June 3, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Rational... would you let $68 million go?

  • JFFR
    June 3, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Rational... would you let $68 million go?

  • Rational
    June 3, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    Basketballogy | 1:25 p.m. June 3, 2010
    Had Carlos stayed with the Cavs, a front line of LeBron James, Carlos Boozer and Zydrunas Ilgauskas would be formidable, and Boozer and James could well have 2 rings already and be working on their third.

    -------

    Reveals his priorities, wouldn't you say?

  • Richard G.
    June 3, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    "Not bad at all" -- that's quite an endorsement, uh-huh.

  • Basketballogy
    June 3, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    Wow, there are a LOT of "glass is half EMPTY" Jazz fans.

    Think about it.

    Most of the Mormons Boozer would know are JAZZ FANS, people with an international reputation closer to blood-crazed gladiator patrons than Donny and Marie.

    I bet Carlos really regrets leaving Cleveland for Utah, even for the money.

    Utah fans are nasty, even to their own.

    Had Carlos stayed with the Cavs, a front line of LeBron James, Carlos Boozer and Zydrunas Ilgauskas would be formidable, and Boozer and James could well have 2 rings already and be working on their third.

  • Rational
    June 3, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    "It's not that bad."

    What a ringing endorsement! Candidates must be lining up to have him behind them!

    He could've said:

    Low crime rate.

    About half the national unemployment.

    A high tech haven.

    Ski, fish, golf, water ski, hike, opera, ballet, theater, Jazz game, college football, all within 45 minutes of downtown and an international airport, and ALL ON THE SAME DAY.

    The only major city in America where you know what time you will arrive at your destination when you leave your home.

    Your choice of world-class universities within 60 minutes of each other.

    World class health care.

    Best run state in America.

    Cleanest city in America.

  • Elcapitan
    June 3, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    Funny, Funny, Funny, some of the great reading for the day. Rosemburg's tag could draw some hype elsewhere but hardly in Utah. Most of us in Utah are rather related to our Jewish brothers so we must defend Rosenburg....he just does not understand his relationship to us. HA HA. As for Carlos, maybe he does need a great defensive center to cut through the meat under the hoop. Never thought of that. Then he can really shine at what he does best, Basketball Ballet.

  • Liberal Ted
    June 3, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    Maybe there should be a seperation of church and sports. What kind of questioning was this guy doing? Clearly he had his own personal agenda. Boozer could of asked him about the oil slick, or hurricanes, or illegals that enter floridas coast. What about being in the bible belt? Aren't those people crazy?

  • Mike in Texas
    June 3, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    Sports aside, and like it or not, there is a negative public perception of the state which is largely grounded in a public preception of a lockstep right wing nut approach to religion and politics. I am living in Texas now and will retire to my homestate next year. But I have lived all over this country, and it pains me to see how Utahn's and Mormons are percieved. But I must tell you, the nation has some good reasons to view us the way they do. It's good when someone from outside will speak out against the bigotry. Good for Boozer. Hope the Jazz can keep him and complete the roster so that we can compete against the "big market" teams.

  • lin
    June 3, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    "Not that bad..." I'll agree with that statement and take it as a compliment!

  • JFFR
    June 3, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Calling Mormons crazy is not the equivalent of what Imus said and should not be mentioned in the same sentence. (It is interesting to note that Rosenberg used to be on Imus's show. Rosenberg has said MUCH worse than this, we shouldn't be offended.)


    Quit being sensitive. Mormons have been called much worse and by far better people. We won't change the public's perception by freaking out every time someone calls us something we don't like.

  • Iggle
    June 3, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    This is easy to clarify. Just call or e-mail Mr. Rosenberg's show and tell him how people are leaving the LDS Church in droves, and how Salt Lake City isn't even majority LDS. I've seen that comment on many other threads.

    Or is that party line only reserved for "LDS Church enjoys growth" articles and not meant for "Utah is a terrible place to live" articles?

  • MWCandUtahFan
    June 3, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    wow, was not much of a defense...he is much better on the court then in front of a microphone!

    no worries, after living in 7 other states and 6 countries I can say that Utah is great in comparison! Plenty to do outside, no traffic woes (certainly none compared to my former Houston or San Fran commutes), diverse economy, and great caring neighbors!

    Thanks for making room for me Utah! I am really enjoying it here.

  • patriot
    June 3, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    Yes those crazy Mormons. Darn it all they make life so miserable for everyone who comes the state. It's hard in public for your kids ya know to see those old Mormon men with their string of 20 wives tailing behind them in long dresses and bonnets. And then they harass you on the street corners and yell at you as you are going work and just make so hard....

    Good grief, this is the 21 century and the LDS Church is nearly 15 million with more members outside the US than within. Members consist of professional athletes to congressmen and governors to basically every profession you can imagine. Most who know Mormons all say they are the most Christian people they know who try to adhere to a belief and the teachings of Jesus Christ than any other people. Some people need to wake up and set aside old , out dated prejudices and misconceptions.

  • GreatJazzMan
    June 3, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    No chance Tomic comes over before next year. Jazz Source and JFFR are correct- he is a bean pole- but an awfully good bean pole. Yall gotta realize that he other than about an inch taller, he has the same stats as Gasol when he came into the league. One more year in the best league in Europe should give him more experience and hopefully add some lbs to his frame.

    Source said what I have been saying for years- I love Boozers and Okurs game but they essentially play the same position (PF NOT CENTER). Although they often play well together, we are not a championship caliber defensive team with both of them on the floor. Depending on how Memo comes back from his injury, we really only need one of them, not both (although it would be nice to start one at PF and bring the other off the bench).

    That said, if the Jazz play this draft right and bring over a (hopefully) heavier, older, more experienced Tomic next year, they will be in serious contention for a title.

  • Raider
    June 3, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    danonthestreet /news/2010/05/07/cj-miles-wants-to-be-a-maverick-someday

  • Raider
    June 3, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    Sounds like Booz has learned a lot about PR. He might want to share that knowledge with CJ...

    "...Jazz swingman CJ Miles went on KESN-FM radio in Dallas to talk about the Lakers series and dangle out the possibility of one day donning an NBA uniform in the Metroplex:

    "I definitely would want to do that at one point in my career."

    As for what it would take to make it happen?

    "I don't know. I guess I'd have to be free and, if they were interested, I'd definitely take it into high consideration."

    He could have gone with the company line of "I want to retire a Jazzman," so it's always refreshing to hear even this little morsel of truth out of an NBA player."

    At least Booz had an option when he campaigned to get out of SLC. Nice one CJ.

  • blauch
    June 3, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    Miami cont.

    For example - Let say Orlando feels Boozer is the best big to play with Howard. He a great rebounder so teams can't double team Howard on every rebound. He can hit a 15 footer. The Jazz would do a sign and trade for Gortot, Pietrus and Ryan Anderson and a future first round pick. Give the Jazz height, a better shooting guard and a young player.

    Or Charlotte - Who has 4 shot blockers but no post players: Chandler, Diop, Mohammad, Ratlef,

    Sign and trade Boozer for a sign and trade Tryus Thomas at 7 million a year(Young and extremely talented), with Diop and their first round pick.

    But because of either of these move take the Jazz over the Luxury Cap it make it difficult for the Jazz to do it.

    What the Jazz cannot do is resign Boozer to a long contract at a really high price. 15 Million +. Because it take them out of the flexibility to make a good deal with AK expiring contract.

  • GreatJazzMan
    June 3, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    No chance Tomic comes over before next year. Jazz Source and JFFR are correct- he is a bean pole- but an awfully good bean pole. Yall gotta realize that he other than about an inch taller, he has the same stats as Gasol when he came into the league. One more year in the best league in Europe should give him more experience and hopefully add some lbs to his frame.

    Source said what I have been saying for years- I love Boozers and Okurs game but they essentially play the same position (PF NOT CENTER). Although they often play well together, we are not a championship caliber defensive team with both of them on the floor. Depending on how Memo comes back from his injury, we really only need one of them, not both (although it would be nice to start one at PF and bring the other off the bench).

    That said, if the Jazz play this draft right and bring over a (hopefully) heavier, older, more experienced Tomic next year, they will be in serious contention for a title.

  • byronbca
    June 3, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    Re LargeTuna:

    So your argument is that bigotry and perhaps racism is okay as long as it’s in the name of ratings?

    Seriously?

  • blauch
    June 3, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Miami cont.

    I would try to sign 3 max player. Next year you can use your mid level exception to build a team.
    Watch Miami and see if they trade their first round pick - that will tell you a lot.

    The real question is how much are teams really willing to pay Boozer.

    If you spend max money on a player - can they really take you to the championship. Will Miami, New Jersey, New York be willing to fill up the cap space on a player like Boozer. Boozer feels he is a 17 million type player. Other teams may think he is only 14 million. The Jazz have their number.

    What team is really willing to pay Boozer the most money.

    The Jazz really lost a lot of flexibility when they resigned Okur. I love Okur, but that resigning was a huge mistake. They could have resigned him now for much less (even if he was not injured)

    The Jazz would have been under the Luxury threshold, and would have been able to find a team over the cap that

  • NedGrimley
    June 3, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    Hmmm. Rosenberg and religious bigotry. I'm wondering how the change in response would be nationwide if the wording and/or location were changed a little: "But those (Insert ANY other religious group here - Jews/Muslims/Christians) are crazy, aren't they?"

    "But those politicians are crazy, aren't they? I mean, the polit ... ?" (Oh wait, that one wouldn't be a big deal....)

  • Wookie
    June 3, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    So he defends the State of Utah, and yet the fans hate on him. Who now has the integrity? Thank you Boozer.

  • utefanforlife
    June 3, 2010 10:11 a.m.

    Religious bigotry is alive and well in America, and Rosenberg is a religious bigot. Talk about painting with a broad brush. We could just as easily say, "Miami's a horrible place to live... horrible, there are so many Jews down there!" I would never say that, its contrary to the way I was raised, but that is in effect what he is saying.

  • TRUTH
    June 3, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    How can a nation not tolerate asking a Mexican for his drivers license for fear of racial profiling, but yet allow a bigotted jewish radio host to slander 12 million people?

  • blauch
    June 3, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    Miami

    They have the most cap space available. 8 million in contracts. Add their rookie that is 10 million.

    Add Wade being resigned (17 Million - max money)

    It is at 27 million. Cap is 59 Million. That leaves them with 5 players and 32 million of cap space.

    They can go 2 ways - Sign 2 max players - Let say it is Boozer and Stoudemire and ask them to take 16 million (which is 1 million less than the 17 million max they can sign for). The problem with this is that they cannot sign any other player over the league minimum (players like Gains). Any Mid Level exception, resigning their own players all cut into the cap.

    Other way to go is - sign one player at Max - Boozer or Stoudemire they still have 15 million to fill out a roster. O'neal, Haslem, Richardson, Arroyo, but all will eat into that free agent money.

    So Boozer knows this. The Jazz since they have the bird right can just sign Boozer - go over the cap. They can also pay him the most 10% increase instead of 8% increase per year

  • plyxply
    June 3, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    I appreciate the comments Rosenberg made about us being weird here, hopefully people everywhere will take it to heart and stay wherever they are and only visit a few times a year to ski and spend their money.

  • Monty Montana
    June 3, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    I traveled to Utah from Montana for 7 years for work and consider Salt Lake a second home and all you crazy Mormons like an extended dysfunctional family. I love your infatuation for the game of Basketball!

  • Samwise
    June 3, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    Good for Carlos for defending us Mormons in Utah. Also, I don't think a bigot radio announcer in Miami has any room to talk about the Jazz not having a championship roster. Does he think that Miami does? Without D-Wade, Miami would be nothing. Maybe if they add Bosh or Stoudemire or even Carlos then they will begin to at least imagine going back to the Finals.

  • Large Tuna
    June 3, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    People need to quit taking what Rosenberg said personally. You want to know the real reason why he said it? because its his job. he's supposed to be egotistical and all-knowing and edgy and shocking. he did it for the ratings, i seriously doubt that he thinks everyone in utah is mormon and crazy and stupid and everything else. how exciting would a radio show be if the host said to boozer "now, isnt utah a pleasant place to live? oh thats nice. and are the people there nice? oh they are? oh thats nice too...." BOR-ING!

  • Jazz Source
    June 3, 2010 9:15 a.m.

    The problem with Carlos Boozer is........wait for it......Mehmet Okur.

    Put Boozer with a legit Center who actually played/defended like a Center is supposed to and alot of the Boozer hate would be gone.

    Props to Booz for standing up to a religious BIGOT!! What is this guys last name? Rosenberg???? You would think he might have a little better perspective/sensitivity!! What a joke. Media accepts religious hatred against mormons though.

    Quite frankly I don't see the Miami heat sitting on the doorstep of a championship. The collective stupidity that produced a signing as bad as Jermaine O'Neal pretty much sums it up.

    That team currently stinks--sure they have D. Wade but one man does not a team make. (see their record) I don't see any other superstars on that team either so if they sign one big name free agent that still leaves them one short and don't forget about a viable supporting cast.

    Tomic is a bean pole--he does seem to be developing some skills though--I have some watched some youtube and euro video clips. He needs to beef up or he'd be devoured in the NBA.

  • huggyface
    June 3, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    The title in the article is "Carlos Boozer defends Utah." Yeah he didn't fall into the bashing prompted by the host. He also said he liked raising his kids here and said J-SLOW was a stud.

    What he said is not a defense.

    "It's not that bad.."

    What if someone called your wife ugly..

    And you said - she's not that ugly. Really, she's not that ugly......

    Hardly a defense.

    I guess Boozer is bad at all types of defending.....

  • JFFR
    June 3, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    well maybe not ALL credibility, but a lot!

  • JFFR
    June 3, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    @Doug10- did you just call him Carl Malone? And you call yourself a fan? You just lost all credibility.

    @larryc- Ante Tomic? Have you seen him play? I think you are getting a little too excited from one article about this kid. He's like 7'2, 200lbs (*exaggeration* But the point is, he's a bean pole) If Tomic were the missing link, the Jazz would bring him over here.

  • jepe
    June 3, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    we'll find out pretty soon just how commited miller and koc are to having a contender team!

  • cval1
    June 3, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    Good interview by Boozer, but what the crap is Rosenberg doing talking about Mormons. If he said that about any other group, he would be called on carpet for bigotry.

    Get some accountability with the press.

  • SG Ag
    June 3, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    Nice to see Boozer has listened to his PR people.

    Doesn't this interview speak more about the ignorance of the Radio Host than anything? He falls into the stereotypical role. A) There is nothing to do in Utah. B) Everyone in Utah is Mormon.

    To me this speaks more about how uncultured and ignorant the radio host is.

  • larryc
    June 3, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    The piese we need, which boozer is talking about, is Ante Tomic. I never heard about this guy and he looks great, compared to gasol. Why would Boozer not wait a year and play it out the same way they did last year which had excellent outcomes? tomic looks like a true center, a center that alot of teams lack, Chicago and Miami. Boozer wants to be here, it is just tempting to know that other teams want to offer big money. As for jazz defense from okur and boozer being week, so is Phoenix and they made it to the WCF. just got to play your offense. which is Dwill korver Kirilinko Boozer Okur. backup, price matthews miles millsap koufus/ tomic next year. Come on Boozer, Utah couldve locked the 3rd seed this year. chicago and miami were fighting for a seed. and utah can win with injuries. We Good! Stay here.

  • RR
    June 3, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    I think many of us would say the same thing about Miami. All I've heard from anyone in the media who goes there is what a horribly scary place it is, yet beautiful too. Horrible as to the crime. Just on Monday, I was talking about bad cities to live in and I mentioned Miami when a friend said it's not as bad as everyone says, just avoid the bad parts and you're fine. We all have bad information given to us, and I'm glad to see Boozer clarify the lifestyle a little in Utah.

  • sports-junkie
    June 3, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    On one hand I think Booz might be trying to repair the damage done a year ago by over extending his love for utah. From what I understand, the Jazz can pay him the most and he knows living in utah is very possible for the next few years. Mending the relationship with the fans is a smart move.

    On the other hand maybe Carlos has actually had a change of heart and likes living in utah. Hey, it could happen.

  • Doug10
    June 3, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Way more diplomatic than Carl Malone ever was when he was looking for a job.

    Hopefully KOC and group get it that Utah needs one more good piece rather than a complete dismantling.

    Seems as Boozer understands that he has a gret pg with the Jazz and he needs that to excel at what he does. He has played in the league long enough to know what his team needs to compete at the next level as well.

    Very few other marquee players mention how much they respect their coach when they get in front of a microphone, cudos to Jerry for being the man.


  • Making Sense
    June 3, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Hmmm, the comments were not as extreme as Don Imus' but didn't he lose his job (deservedly so) because so-called human rights activists, including Rev. Al Sharpton, brought attention to the issue. Ironically, the discrimination card is sooooo unequal. Again, Al Sharpton comes to the defense of illegal aliens but evidently is deaf to comments disparaging another group of people.

    Props to Boozer for not going down the politically acceptable road of religion bashing.

  • Henry
    June 3, 2010 5:50 a.m.

    Let's see, my chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Utah: 1 in 397. My chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Miami: 1 in 56. Your right Sid, we crazy.

  • AZBrabbit
    June 3, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    Utah is a great basketball state hands down we have a history and great great fans. I think Boozer is right when he says we have some pieces but obniviously we need some help. I honestly think it comes down to what we pick in the draft to see if this guy comes back. I know one thing him and Okur cannot play together because the D is awful. The Jazz have always lacked a true big, let's see if they step up and get us one. I'm just glad Miller wants to win. Go Jazz let's have a good draft don't give me another reason to cheer for Phoenix or whoever plays La in the WCF next year we need to go back to the big dance.

  • Bugoff
    June 3, 2010 12:00 a.m.

    Booz is careful to not burn any bridges and that is smart. His life seems to have settled down a bit. Going thru an almost divorce is rough so I suppose he can be cut some slack for his behavior a year ago.

    It is very hard to concentrate when you life is coming apart.

  • JFFR
    June 2, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Boozer did an interview with David Locke earlier this year. In it he talked about how happy his family is in Utah right now and how he'd like to stay with the team if possible (for some reason local media only covers the interviews Booze does outside of Utah!)

    Rosenberg's comments are a little bit frustrating, but completely understandable. I'm Mormon but I grew up outside of Utah. I used to think the same thing about Utah and place filled with so many Mormons. I've lived in this state for 5+ years now and really like it. I'm glad Booze has enjoyed it too and I'm glad he stuck up for SLC.

  • Boozer Bandwagon
    June 2, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    There is a good chance Boozer will still be in a Jazz uniform next year but I think either Chris Bosh or Amare will end in Miami.

  • BYUHOCKEY
    June 2, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    good to hear good PR from Carlos. He's mending relationships and keeping his options open. with comments like that and you can only wish the best for him and his future. Carlos had a good season and hopefully injuries are behind him.