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Published: Tuesday, July 27 2010 11:50 p.m. MDT

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LAJazzFan

I am excited to see how AJ fits in, and anticipate that he will do well in the system.

However, I am concerned how he and Sap play at the same time. Seems to me that they play in the same general vicinity with the same type of game.

I do, though, like the thought (at least offensively) of the combo of Okur's mid to long range shots and AJ's paint moves as they complement one another. Defensively is a bit of a concern, but not any more than Okur and Boozer. I think this is where AK really comes into play this year with his come from behind swats.

oh ye confederacy of dunces

Big Al will have the best season of his career this upcoming season once he is paired with the league's best PG, and under the control of the Sloan system. He has shined without such support--with it, the sky is the limit. Watch and see...he will play at a level that he has not yet reached. It's gonna be fun to watch. We will soon have a hard time remembering the name of that one guy that used to play for the Jazz...what was his name now..Buzzer, Loozer...I think he plays for the Bulls or something now...

odogtriever

@Cameron, Gasol, Dirk just to name a few.

Bugoff, why you always a buzz kill?

This will be good for the Jazz, but even better for D-Will, which is great news for Jazz fans like us! A happy Derron is a happy Jazz fan!

Sokol

One more tidbit, fans appreciate more a guy who tries and wants to play here, like Big Al, then some loafer with only dollar signs in his eys..
like Benedict Boozer.

MenaceToSociety

Nobody wants to play in Utah!! Waaaaaaa!!!

Wait a second...

Jacky Blue

I will take Big Al over Boozer every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Add Raja to the mix and I am more excited for the Jazz this season than I have been since Deron was drafted.

CJ

I hope that the Blazers trade Matthews to a sub 500 team and he finds out what its like to play somewhere like that instead of for the Jazz who are set to move forward now.

Dick of the NW

Hey. Rudy F from the Laziers is a head case. Why would the Jazz want another team's malcontent. With this team, the Jazz may have the best locker room environment, even better than last year now that Boozer is gone. Boozer speak was too slick and not from the heart. With D-Will, Bell, and Big Al the Jazz fans will get the straight scoop. Go Jazz!

Viva Los Jazz

Young Al is going to bring us a championship for sure! He's not all talk because he's moved here so he can work on his game at the practice facility; a real gym rat. It seems like we still need a shot blocking big man. AJ blocks 1 and a half per game (an improvement vs. Boozer) but we may need AK to do some of that. Let's see if we can find a young Marcus Cambi out there.

Striker

Al is my official new favorite sports person. I live 1000 miles away, but I may actually try to get on the internet and watch a Jazz game or two.

Large Tuna

Carlos Whoozer??

CJ Miles

AK will be traded by the deadline if the Jazz feel they can compete with the Lakers by adding one more piece. If not, AK will play the year out and then not be re-signed saving the Jazz a ton of money.

Bugoff: Do you stay up all night researching websites so you can post?

klepsydra

I can see the Jazz resigning AK for a lot less money. He has already said he would like to stay in Utah and recognizes it will be for less money.

WYoJazzFan

Looking at some of the NBA analysts they have UT very high on their lists for the coming season. within the top 5 and ususally #3. With Memo and Raja making 3s and spreading the floor part of the time and then using AJ, AK and Paul on the floor at the same time you would have a decent defensive unit. The possibilities are endless and I am gald it isn't my job to figure out which units wo play at which time.
This will be a great season and yet at the same time a large learning opportunity for all the new players to find their niche and work into the system. However Bell already has a leg up. Lets take LA down this year.

Jazzman72

I read that Mike James would like to play for the Jazz. He would be a good addition. He would be a serviceable backup to D-Will, and would give the team some more veteran savy. Gaines would be the odd man out if that happens, since his contract is non-guaranteed. Price would be ok as the third pg. AK, CJ and Hayward are all decent ball handlers in a pinch as well.

Jazzman72

I hear Mike James would like to come to the Jazz. He would be a serviceable backup to D-Will, and would add some veteran savvy. Price is okay as the third pg, and AK, CJ and Hayward are decent ball handlers in a pinch.

BillM75

Folks, ya'll gotta be very conservative with what we'll get from Memo this season. Best case scenario is that he's in shape with his shooting dialed in, but he's going to be on very limited minutes anyway. It's a serious injury that takes longer than 5-6 months to fully heal.

However, if he can contribute, if CJ has a breakthrough, if AK has a big contract year a la Loozer, if Al reaches his potential, if Bell has one last run in him, if Hayward can fill in in spots, if everyone stays healthy, the Jazz will be right there near/at the top of the West.

Catch a couple breaks from the refs, who knows...

Must say that so far Al, Bell, & Hayward have said/done everything you could hope for, but loooong way to go of course.

Henry Drummond

Maybe Kevin knew what he was doing after all. Having Paul, Memo, and Al rotating through the Center/Power Forward position maybe with some help from Fez means we can keep up the pressure under the basket for points and rebounds for all 48 minutes. Now it makes perfect sense to get someone like Gordon Hayward to work on the perimeter with D-Will and Raja. Have a "big" like Memo who can hit from outside also makes it difficult to double team. Raja certainly adds a lot defensively. If we can find out a way to stay healthy this team can go a long ways both this year and in future years.

Elcapitan

Our patience has paid off....Boooooze is gone and that certainly makes my day as a fan. Kevin has done good. Welcome Al...we love ya. What a pleasure it is to look forward to your play and life in Utah. You are our kind of guy. Keep up the good work. This should be a great year for new beginnings and hope for a Championship.

RepresentBlue

"I go from being in a Toyota to a Bentley. It's a beautiful thing."

The Jazz are like a Bentley? While Jazz fans appreciate the enthusiasm and the compliment, comparing the Jazz to a Bentley is like comparing Salt Lake City to Paris. The Jazz are more like a good pickup truck, or even a John Deere tractor, than a $300k British luxury car. But thanks anyway Al. Can't wait to see you playing in a Jazz uni!

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