I personally think Fes has a lot of potential and could be one of the best
centers the Jazz have ever had,(that wouldn't be that hard) if he will get
serious and work hard at his game. That being said, time will tell if he has the
wherewithal to discipline himself to be able to reach his potential.I'm
hoping Sloan sees Fes is trying to be more serious and gives him more and more
playing time.The fact Fes had the highest plus / minus of any player on
the team shouldn't go unnoticed.Fes I hope you stay focused and serious
and show everyone what you can do.
He's lost another five pounds since Monday's weigh in, apparently. He looks like
he's really going after it this fall. Has to be a good sign for both him and the
team, since he'll have minutes available.Peace out from the Jazz
This is Fes' time to shine. He's in a contract year, and should get some good
playing time while Memo is out. Hopefully he'll take advantage of it. I'll be
curious to see the rotation when Memo comes back.
His weight loss should mean a quicker and lighter foot Fesenko. Hopefully that
translates into more rebounds, blocked shots and a better shooting touch.On second thought, if all he does is clog up the middle and play some
defense I'll be happy with that at least until January.
Please tell us you've worked on your free throws Fez.I would love
Fez to work his way into the starting center role and think he could do it but
if he does he will be on the line a lot and needs to capitalize.
Great comments commrads.Could it be that the stars are linning up
for Fes to have a good year? I believe that to be a good possibility if his god
given talents merge with his new found desire to be successful. Can't wait to
find out. Go Big Fes!!! Go Jazz!!!
I like it I love it I want some more of it
Opportunities ... I'm hopeful that Fez finally 'gets it' and understands when
goofing around is appropriate and when hard work and focus are needed. If he
does, I believe he can be a tremendous boost to a team needing size inside. Time will tell but this sounds like Fez is headed (pun intended) in the
right direction. Good luck Fez. Here's wishing you a tremendous season. Go
Wait a second guys! I thought Fesenko was perfect last year...(right Chuck
Nunn???) losing this weight was a big mistake. He's not going to have that
HUGE defensive presence that he brought during those limited minutes. You
remember that right guys? You couldn't stop talking about how great his defense
was. Give me a break. One of the greatest Jazz centers? I'd take
Ostertag in a heartbeat. Give me Olden Polynice's 25% free throws. Give me
Antoine Carr, Greg Foster or Jarron Collins.
I am glad to hear about his physical condition but Sloan will watch for inner
child behavior that he doesn't like. So, be carefull Fes not to blow it and be a
man. Sloan respected John Stockton when he first came to NBA to Jazz uniform.
Re JFFR : Your missing the point, and you have a bad attitude. Fes isn't
probably in the top 20 centers the Jazz have had so far but potential wise he
has what we need and the potential to be better than Eaton or Ostertag. He is
far more athletic than either and even though he struggles with his freethrows,
his form isn't that bad. Nobody said his defense was that great, and
especially not perfect as you are exageratingly saying but his defensive
presence was a big positive last year and should get better with experience and
playing time.You can take Polenice, Foster, Collins etc and I'll take Fes,
he may not be as good as those guys yet but by the end of the year let's see how
he looks. If you can't see the talent he has, maybe you need to go get some
glasses that will help you see talent and potential.
JFFR: Great stuff. Fes has never done a thing for the Jazz. Isn't this like
his 4th year? Fes gets more love than CJ and CJ actually helps the team to win.
Fes does nothing to help the team win.So until he actually does
something, I am not a fan!!It's put up or shut up time for the big
How can anyone be serious about Fesenko with his reduced weight/basketball
abilities at this early date? The guy has wasted 3 or 4 years by not getting
his head together with someone he may trust or build a relationship with to
correct his deficiencies and be the man/athlete we would like to see on the
court. I don't understand why professional athletes or teams can't get it
together to develop these young guys at a early time in their careers. It is
just mindboggling and mistifying. Kirilenko and Miles are other cases in point.
It all boils down to the fact that the Jazz are a collection of athletes, or
would be NBA athletes trying to compete in this league, hopefully as a team to
possibly overcome other teams with superior athletes and individual stars by
sheer willpower and effort. It will be interesting to see what happens as
Malone was want to say a lot.Have a great season Jazz!.
It's good to see Fes making more of an effort this year. If he can keep it up
improve his game at all, the Jazz FO are going to wish they offered him a
multi-year dear for a nice low price. Coming up next off season, he'll be
getting some much better offers, most likely from Portland.Here's
hoping he's worth the big numbers this season and in the future. Go Fes!
I'm glad Fes is taking his job more seriously, but we still need him to have a
sense of humor--that's why he's my favorite player.
Fes is not planning on being here next year. That means he needs minutes to get
a contract, much less a decent contract. Further, he has had time to adjust to
America, Sloan and learn the offense/defense. He is stepping up
because he has to and maturing a little. If Fes can execute the
offense and defense, he along with AJ could provide the muscle and beef to give
LA real problems on the inside. IF he can rebound better and maybe
block, because he is in better shape, lighter and can move/adjust quicker, he
will be a force. This is a turning point for Fes. I hope he seizes
the opportunity. Center by committee of AJ, Fes and Okur is a great combo for
the Jazz. AJ can spend more of his time at PF. AJ and Okur are
primarily offensive Cs. Fes will have to improve to potential to become the
defensive C the Jazz need. If he improves enough he can replace Okur next
year.A front line of AK, Fes and AJ has height and defensive
capability with some offense. That can be a good front line. Maybe good enough
to beat LA.
RE: Bugoff --I agree with everything you say, except your opinion
that "Fes is not planning on being here next year". Please clarify -- he's not
planning on being here because he doesn't WANT to, or because he expects the
Jazz will not offer him another contract?With Memo aging and being
most useful outside anyway, and with Fes knowing the offense and defense, I
would think, if he works to his potential this year, he would have a chance by
next year to contend for starting at C. He wouldn't anywhere else. Why would
he not want to be here?Thanks . . . .
J, J, J ... Nobody said Fes was perfect. But he has a role to fill on this team,
and he's just going to be better this season than ever. Get on board the Fes
Your next MVP!!!
JFFR, Ostertag was the ultimate play every once in a while when you want to guy,
the rest of the time he was terrible. Also was the worst offensive player in the
NBA at all times, a 7 footer that couldn't even dunk. Collins was a great guy
but the fact that Sloan was his buddy restricted the progress of Fez and Koufas
by getting the playing time they should have had.
jarron collins. hands down the worst player sloan kept around for way too long.
JFFR. By trying to slam on the team and someone else, you just made yourself
look really stupid.
"Fes does nothing to help the team win."Then why is it that when Fes
is in the game, the Jazz score more points than the other team? ( see: +/- Fes
highest on the team. ) I would say Fes does nothing to help the team when he is
on the bench.
I don't care what any of you say! Fes is a solid center when he gets minutes.
We can't judge a players performance when he didn't get a chance to play. I
thought he did a GREAT job in that Denver playoff series last year. NeNe was
literally non-existant. Fes flustered him and did well.The Lakers series
was a different story. He got intimidated and lost his confidence a little I
think. That's to be expected from a guy that got basically zero playing time
during the regular season. Obviously nobody could handle the Lakers bigs last
year. Fes deserves some minutes in every game. He'll either prove his
worth, or we can stop pretending he's going to be good and drop him from the
team. But lets at least see what he's made of!
It looks like Al Jefferson has found the weight Fez lost. Jefferson reportedly
came to camp 15 pounds heavier. Jefferson says it was by design
because he was getting pushed around, but considering he has missed substantial
time because of fragile knees, the weight gain could be risky. It's
better to be pushed around in the key a bit than in a wheel chair. The Jazz gave up two first-round picks and Kosta Koufos to get Jefferson. If
Jefferson is a bust, the Jazz won't have much in the pipeline to help themselves
with. It does send a strong signal though, that the Jazz are looking
at Jefferson as the starting center and Paul as the starting power forward. Have you guys thought about the depth chart and who are the likely
starters this year? Will Raja start? The Jazz start their preseason
with 2 games against Portland: one in SLC and one in PDX. I'm looking forward to
seeing Raja Bell vs. Wes Matthews.
It's astounding the lack patience the jazz fans have for certain players,especialy for cj miles and Fesenko,It take about 6 years
for centers to develop,with fesenko so young and immature when he
came, you can probably tack on another 2 years,Fesenko WILL
be a good center in this league but you must be patient, fans seem already have already forgotten how bad eaton was when he first
came, and he was much more mature, and never did develop any offensive
game, they just him stuck out at the 3-point line to point out
illegal defenses.Be patient, this guy will be the best all
around center the jazz have ever had.
The Jazz need to take advantage of the new Fez Dispenser...as in let him
dispense some pain on other bigs around the league. Do away with the pick n
roll, and the multiple screen/read offense. Simply feed the big dog a bone and
let him throw it down the throats of the likes of Gasol, Yao, Nene, Garnett, and
Howard. There's a new Fez arisin' out West, and y'all best head for
cover. Not even yer mums can save you now.Nuff said