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Published: Sunday, Jan. 23 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

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Bountiful, ut

Remember the old days - the days when Jerry Sloan would have gone ballistic a few times by now and been tossed from a game or two, and the team would have got the message and started to play again like he expeced them to play?
Is it just me, or does it seem the team seems to be playing with much less intensity - kind of like their seemingly kinder, gentler coach appears to be softening?

Brigham City, UT

Sloan should have done jail time for physically assaulting refs on different occasions.

Viva Los Jazz
Garland, UT

I've been really happy with Al Jefferson and Deron Williams but the rest of the team has been inconsistant. If we get Okur back healthy it could solve some of the 3 point shooting problems but what if we traded AK for Elton Brand(2 year max contract)and Evan Turner?

Houston, TX

The Sloan system tends to break down if the PG is disrupted, one or more players slack on the screens, the timing of the plays are off or the other team plays zone and the Jazz can't shoot from the outside.

All of the above are problems. However, the second one is probably the biggest immediate one. It only takes one player slacking or coasting and setting weak screens to infect the whole line up with a lack of intensity. Why work hard if it negated by one player who lacks intensity?

The timing is still off. AJ/Millsap have yet to mesh that well. Okur/Millsap are a decent but not great combo. Okur/AJ are probably too slow.

Fes has limited offense.

Starting Hayward gives him minutes which is good in the long run but solves none of the above immediate problems. CJ for Bell may help sporadically.

The Jazz still do not have the ideal players at C, PF and SG. They also need an SF who can shoot.

They have decent players at those positions. It works WHEN the offense flows.

The offense is not flowing due to weak screens and timing problems.

Sandy, UT

Jerry doesn't seem as firey as he once was & that doesn't help. BUT...

The biggest problem starts in players' heads. If they can exert the mental energy, the physical play will follow. We are missing the physical play on both ends of the floor, but it starts with mental state.

Our best games have come when assists are high. If Deron needs to figure his role, he needs to pass more. He's a point guard 1st. He's certainly capable of scoring a lot, and I'm glad, but it's his job to get the ball to guys and yes, sometimes take it himself. If Deron's teammates are not where they're supposed to be on the floor, he should tell them that. He used to come down the court pointing, directing traffic. I haven't seen much of that this year. Deron is the best in the league at his position. He just needs to assert himself. There's a difference between that and being the villain.

When they get this figured out (and I believe they will, soon) the offense will hum like it should and the wins will come.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

It's just life in the NBA. Now it's time for Jerry to do what he is paid to do. Coach this team back to winning. That's why teams need coaches. To help in troubling times.

We do not need trades, we do not need personal changes, the Jazz just need to start playing hard and smart. When the Jazz were winning it was fine. When they are losing, everyone jumps off the ship. Relax...........

Taking AK out of the starting lineup for Hayward was just not smart. We have scoring problems with the first quarter and you insert a non-scorer?

Lehi, UT

I dont think this team needs a trade, because we have the talent, the problem is starting three forwards and a slower shooting guard. I like our guys, but we need to shake up the playing time and roster starters and finishers. For example, start CJ Miles at the 2 guard to help run with Deron in the back court. Have either Milsap or Jefferson come off the bench as a Power forward and start Fesenko at center or Memo Okur at center. As for the small forwards, start AK, have air Gordan come off the bench. Bell would be great coming off the bench for CJ Miles, and either Milsap or Jefferson can provide the inside scoring, as a flex offense we look inside to score first, always have, we have always had a big guy in the middle to alter shots too. Any thoughts?

Farmington, UT

Defense! Defense! Defense! This team is not a high powered offense, so they need to focus on defense. Bell and AK don't shoot the ball well at all, Millsap usually does but is in a funk lately and Jefferson is still trying to figure things out. Other than DWill nobody on this starting lineup can create their own shot. Therefore, FOCUS on the DEFENSE and it will lead to better (easier) offense by forcing turnovers. Somebody needs to slap Millsap too and tell him to pull his head out!

Houston, TX

I actually somewhat agree with CJ on this. I would not rule out a no brainer trade but beyond that it is a matter of execution by the existing players. They are fully capable of being one of the best teams in the NBA if they decide to play.

This is Sloan's team it is not DWills. If DWill is confused it is only about what, if anything, he should tell Sloan, which he is not going to do. It is Sloan's responsibility to make roster changes.

Hayward does not help scoring directly but AK may add a couple of points by playing more PF.

The bigger more problamatic moves are AJ, Millsap and Okur. That has to be Sloan's call and right now shuffling them may not make much difference.

I still think the Jazz need a scoring SF/SG and a C who can both score and defend (a Fes with offense). The SF/SG is the easier of find/trade for. That may not happen until next summer.

I would probaly try CJ at SG for a few games. I think Sloan puts to many minutes on the old vets and they wear down.

Las Vegas, NM

Why don't one of our crack Jazz reporters ask Williams if he plans to leave the Jazz team? Maybe they are disheartened by his lack of loyalty? I wish that question would be posed, but right now, maybe we are an 8th seed or we are swept again in the first round by anyone we play. How did is all collapse? We are like the Cavaliers, but our superstar says nothing to calm the store, nor does nothing to lead us out of the forest fire...Maybe Barkley is right? Rose is the best point guard in the NBA. Williams does not know how to lead and Sloan just fumbles around, waiting for Malone and Stockton to take over again. Maybe its time to bring in Hornacek to take over?

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Let's not forget the downward spiral started when Memo showed back up on the scene. The record with him playing is probably below .500 It's probably time to trade him or put him in the starting lineup and limit his minutes. If Jerry starts him, send Millsap back to the bench where he belongs and have him play with the second unit.

It's time Jerry started Memo and Jefferson instead of Millsap and Jefferson. Bring Millsap off the bench with 4:00 left in the quarter for Memo. Start Bell and bring CJ in with 4:00 left in the quarter. End the quarter with a bang.

As far as Fes....Who knows why Jerry doesn't play him more. He must not be that good.

Saint Louis, MO

Good previous comment on D-Wil's lack of response. I would say that he wants to play elsewhere. When Boozer was here, they were the only two players "who got to play". They would only pass to each other. D-Wil does not have that "play for the 'brothers'" now, so what will he do. It appears that he will just "sit in the corner and sulk". The "wheels have come off the wagon". It is only going to get worse and then D-Wil will go elsewhere. That now appears to be the "unwritten story".

Las Vegas, NM

I think William's lack of leadership means that he is not as good as he thinks he is or we think he is either. I think after a franchise has been around like the Jazz almost 40 years, we should expect to have a shot at a championship. Noone holds these softies accountable...Thibedeux benched Boozer once in the fourth quarter....Sloan needs to step up and bench Williams and let Price take over.

Pleasant Grove, UT

One thing stands out to me, amidst all the varying comments & ideas about how the Jazz could improve. Most of what everyone is saying is going to involve Jerry Sloan breaking the patterns that he has so religiously tried to lead the Jazz with. I think it would help the team a lot if they rotated more frequently, but I'm not sure that Jerry has ever been the best coach for exploiting mismatches against other teams. It seems like this season, the only time the mismatch is in our favor is when DWill is shredding the other team (which hasn't happened recently) or when Millsap goes off for one of his bizarre scoring surges (& that's only happened twice this year).

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Sokol......Good stuff. The team goes as Dwill and Jerry go. Never been a fan of Jerry and his stange ways of coaching. Do I think he is a good coach....yes....Do I think he is doing a good job right now....no......

I think Dwill is showing his lack of leadership and toughness right now. If players are not doing what they need to be doing, he needs to call them out by name. Same with Jerry. Stop the babying.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

We have a system and when the players run it they exceed reasonable expectations which they did through the early part of the season.

The players thought they were bullet proof with these comebacks and would not listen to their coaches and everyone who told them this would come back to haunt them.

Now they are not executing and running the system the way they were and they are in a serious slump.

We have the same coaches and the same players that we did when it was all workin fine and we were winning.

The players are moping because their egos have told them they can break off plays and win one on one and they are getting a large slice of humble pie because this team is not built to win this way.

All the Millsap lovers have to be choking a bit on the crow. Given the fact that Millsaps numbers/averages as a starter have dropped every month he has played.

Millsap can't defend the longer taller guys he faces and it is taking its toll on him and they are scouting him better and he is not adapting well.

He is a bench player.

Lehi, UT

Obviously we miss the dynamics that Mathews brought to the starting shooting guard position, woulda coulda, shoulda, signed him. It is time for the Jazz to turn the page again, Bell is not cutting it as our starting shooting guard. We have guys that are better fit to start than Bell is, but for some reason Sloan keeps rolling the washed up 2 guard out on the floor to start games. I dont get it, we start slow every game until the CJ comes in and gives us a scoring spark, why not start the guy that has been providing the scoring off the bench? I think CJ should start, or this team should make some trades to get better.

concerned jazz fan
Park City, UT

I think Paul and AL lately is having a hard time scoring inside the paint,the reason maybe is that teams already know that Bell has struggled in his shooting so they can sag their defense on him making life miserable for Paul and AL inside the paint..I think its time that CJ replace Bell in the shooting guard position,to have more threat outside..but if Sloan sticks to his game plan of having CJ coming off the bench, that's ok just get rid of Bell in the starting line-up, Hayward can play the 2 position, bring back AK in the 3 position

Farmington, UT

My two cents...the players on the team need to develop a "must win" and "must win every possession" mentality. I'm seeing a lot of dejected heads when we turn the ball over or when our man scores on us.

Every game matters. In the last four games, we've fallen from the #3 seed to the #6 seed, playing Oklahoma City on the road. Yuck.

As part of the increase intensity...REBOUND. Only four lousy teams rebound worse than we do. We give up too many offensive boards.

I'd like to see the players feel SICK for losing to the Nets or the 76ers. It wasn't just a "bad game." Dig down and develop the winning attitude. Every game. Every day.

Tokyo, Japan

To be honest...the team lacks desire...all of them are all talk...saying they want to win a championship...but playing without passion and gusto...if they really want to win a championship...they must change their way of thinking...you won't look at the lakers, boston, miami or san antonio as elite contenders...they should look at them as targets...preys if you will...the team needs a Hunter's mentality...and the pride of champion even without winning one...whenever they hit the floor they should always think...im the best in my position there is...and i will obliterate you...from changing their mentality..it will affect their work ethic...striving to be better wanting to be the best...i think that is what separates the winners from the losers...

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