All "you know more than the coaches" people get ready..
Based on Sloan's previous tendencies I gotta guess the vets Watson and Elson get
the primary backup spots, but it wouldn't surprise me if Price and/or Fesenko
end up playing as many or more minutes in many of the games.
Going 7 and 0 in the preseason doesn't mean much, but it does mean a little.
Here are some things we did find out:Big Al is a better defender
than boozer, he'll play through injuries and he actually wants to be here. He
also blocked Gasol more times in one game than boozer did his whole career.Fess is much better than he was last year and might be the most improved
player on the team. The Jazz might finally have a serviceable shot blocking
center for the first time since D Will has been here.Hayward won't
be in contention for rookie of the year, but he does look like a solid rotation
player with an all around game. Evans looks like another 2nd round steal and
Sloan is going to have to find a way to get him minutes.CJ is
bigger, stronger, more mature, and he looks like he's better at basketball too.
The big question is whether he improved enough to be a major factor in the win
re: byronbca"Going 7 and 0 in the preseason doesn't mean much..."You are right it doesn't mean much because they actually went 8-0 NOT
7-0.Just messin' with you!Good observations overall.I think Fess and CJ are good enough this year to make a difference. CJ
started to make a mark in last seasons playoffs so I know/believe he will make a
difference in the W's this season.Fess does look much improved but
he has not done it in the regular season yet so that does remain to be seen but
he has sure look dramatically improved in the preseason which is at least a baby
step.He has been a tremendous help on defense and if he can slow
down his stupid senseless fouling we really might be able to do something.AJ is taller with longer arms and although not too quick with his feet
he is by means of his length better by default than Boozer. Exhibit A Gasol.You add meaningful minutes from Fess and Elson and we are suddenly ALOT
BIGGER inside then we have EVER been in a long time and that will help
The season for the Jazz hinges on how the injuries play out. Williams,
Kirilenko, Miles, Jefferson, et al could complicate the regular season if they
go down. The whole idea of the regular season is to win as many games as
possible to have home court through at least the first two rounds of the
playoffs. They can't end up as they did last year having to eek out a series
with the Newguts to get to the Lakers. That is unacceptable. It will be
interesting to see if the new look Jazz can defeat teams like Minnesota instead
of sleepwalking like they did last year, resulting in several losses that should
have been wins. Denver and the Lakers in my opinion remain the major obstacles
for the Jazz. They have to find an answer to Oklahoma City as well on defense.
I still am waiting to see if the Jazz can improve their defense. What is this
bursitis in the shoulder issue with Raja Bell? No wonder Phoenix let him go.
Very curious. Don't we have doctors to examine these guys before signing them?
Health is an important factor on every team. The Jazz have depth at every
position this year. Of course I dont want anyone to get injured, but it is a
part of the game and you have to be ready when your number is called. I think
this Jazz team has the depth to really make a deep run and handle an injury if
one were to occur, with out missing a beat. Should be a fun season, GO JAZZ!!
Re Anonymous Infinity: Why are you so quick to be negative about Bell? Give him
a chance.I'm not sure what to think of Denver. I think they will probably
try to trade Melo before the trade deadline.It is nice to see so many fans
acknowledging Fes, what I can't understand is why so many fans/posters were
negative about him last year. Even though he struggled last year and could still
struggle this year, his talent is still easy to see. HopefullyFes will
continue to improve and get more comfortable. He is starting to show some
offensive moves and ability but his biggest asset is his defensive presence in
the middle. If he can show Sloan that he can contribute on both ends of the
floor maybe Sloan will give him more and more time.This team is
intriguing, talented, experienced and a touch of youth, hopefully they jell as
good in the regular season as they did in the preseason.The games against
the Lakers give reason to think things can be much better with the new
Captain: Fes did nothing last year to win any praise on here. When Fes decided
to work as hard as he possibly can at the game, then the negativity will stop.
He is lazy and out of shape most of the time.If Fes can actually
step up, big if, the Jazz will be a contender this year. They have all the
other pieces to compete with the teams out West. CJ, Dwill,
Jefferson, Bell, Millsap, AK are all solid players. But we need two more guys
to step it up like Fes, Memo and Watson. If we can go 10 deep, we will win a
lot more back-to-backs in the future.
I'm a little bit disappointed. With Jarron Collins gone, who is going to be
that guy that makes me cringe every time he gets off the bench to get in the
game? We need an Armen Gilliam type, someone you know won't ever do anything
spectacular. Who is going to be that guy?
Re CJMiles: I don't remember praising Fes for his outstanding play, but I do
remember stating that Fes has alot of potential and that he needed more playing
time to develop. About the only praise I remember giving Fes is that his plus /
minus was the best on the team and that his presence on the court was alot more
beneficial than most people were giving him credit for. His individual play and
productivity was anything but outstanding.Even now, he is playing better
but he can play way better than he is, he just needs playing time and positive
reinforcement.It is funny you would call him lazy and out of shape, HE HAS
BEEN, but CJ has been accused of the same thing and to a certain extend it has
been valid accusations. CJ is learning to play harder and with greater intensity
but that has been a problem for him, he has played too nonchalant and not tough
enough but I knew he could step up and put up the effort to change, he has, I
knew he had the potential but he didn't always do it. Fes has the same
@Richard Saunders: CJ still does it for me.
Captain that is where you are confused. CJ is never out of shape when he shows
up for training camp. Some of you call him lazy on defense but he is never out
of shape unless he is coming off an injury and then even Larry Bird would be out
of shape after an injury.Lazy is a different thing. Fes is lazy.
CJ can be lazy at times. So can most the players on the team. But Fes is
I'm so excited about this season.Judging by the preseason,this team may well
indeed be ten-deep and win more road and back-to-back games as CJ pointed out. I
agree that this team seems much better prepared to survive through an injury or
two and still compete for a decent playoff spot this year.I was at the
Sacramento game and was impressed with the combination pointguard play of Watson
and Price.In the recent past ,it was a nightmare for this team if D-Will missed
games being that you could almost say we'd lose most of them.It would be great
if Kirilenko,Miles,and Hayward all have a solid contribution this year,but I
sincerely think that the key to getting past the Lakers and winning it all rests
with the play of the Jazz' three bigs:Jefferson,Elson,and Fesenko. Those guys
must compete with Bynum and Gasol.If they do,I think we definitely have enough
talent in the other positions to erase the Kobe factor.
52-30. 4th place in playoffs. Lose to Lakers in the 2nd round.
Kameron - name the 2 teams (other than the Lakers) who will finish higher than
Lakers. Oklahoma City and Dallas will win more games than the Jazz.
Oklahoma is still pretty young and Dallas is 1 year older.
Oklahoma City is still a pretty young team and Dallas isn't getting any younger.
Gordon Hayward on his first game will score 10 pts grab 4 rebs dish 5 assists
gets a steal and block a fastbreak layup....**wishful thinking i got him on my
fantasy league...16 team deep league**