There is little doubt that one-on-one eliminate Raja from the equation. Even
with screens he can't get open because he has gotten too slow.He has
some good veteran experience which this team needs. CJ needs to get his
inconsistent rear end in gear and perform.
Heres how my take follows Raja is just complaining I mean what do
you expect the system to do keep feeding the ball to the guys when they keep
missing wide open shots. If I remember right the Jazz are number 2
in the NBA with assists per game that right there clearly shows that they are
not playing one on one ball. I have yet seen Raja cut to the basket without the
ball then receive a pass and go up for the lay up like Matthews and Brewer once
did and how AK does now. So maybe he is the one messing up the systemAnd CJ is better at creating his shot than Raja but thats not saying much Cj
is not that good at creating his own shot he is however better suited for
cutting having the ball thrown to him then going to the basket as AK is. He can
also penetrate at times.
Bell's interview with Locke is very interesting. The flap over communication is
minor. His other comments are telling. 1. All year the Jazz have
played more one on one basketball than system ball. The system has been breaking
down and then the Jazz go one on one. Bell is a system player. CJ is better at
creating one on one. I like Bell he is honest in his interviews. He
is also smart. (my take follows)The Sloan system has
been negated. Part of that is other teams defenses. Part of that is the weakness
at SG. Part of it may be the addition of AJ who tends to disrupt the system
flow. Corbin has tweaked the offense. It is more AJ and one on one
oriented. It will take the coaches all summer/fall to develop a system that
works. Further, there may need to be a different skill set at SG and maybe SF
(wings). Corbin can't develop and implement a new version of the
system this year. He has to design it and also get the right players to
complement the existing core players. The Jazz will be better after
With the team as now constituted, CJ is the best we have at the 2, he has always
been better suited to play the 2, he has been asked to play the 3 but that is
not his best position. It is nice that he and Hayward can play both the 2 and
the 3, I hope Hayward becomes more aggresive and shoots more and get to the
point he scores as well as CJ. AK has the length we need at the 3, I just hope
we get a long athletic 3 in the draft to go along with AK or replace him. Who
ever they get though needs to be able to shoot, create and play D.
No question CJ is much better at every phase of the game versus Bell. I know
that there are a lot of CJ haters, I am not one of them, I think CJ could be a
very good player for this team, keep in mind, he is still only 23 years old and
did not play in College, so he is learning the game. If CJ would have started
all year at the 2, we would have 5 more wins on our record. Raja Bell says the
right things, I like that, but 36 minutes and 5 points doesnt cut it for a
shooting guard in the NBA. Bell use to be known for his defense, but even that
is suspect lately. Some say Raja is a leader? I don't see how or why you would
follow a guy that plays so poorly? I like the line up move. CJ brings a lot to
the table, things Bell can not. Hopefully we add some higher caliber players in
the off season to help build a solid foundation and get back to what we do. WIN!
About time that Corbin has finally noticed what I have known for weeks. CJ is a
two and should be starting before Bell every game.CJ soft?
Anonigma, he would run circles around you.
@JFFREven Corbin mentioned how CJ was winded when he played extended
minutes as a starter last game.Any gaurd in the NBA should have enough
stamina to last the whole game. If Big Al with his huge body can last as long or
longer than CJ, then there's a problem. Big Al did get tired last game, but he
played 5 minutes more and works much harder down in the post since he's the
I'm not so high on Raja these days...@Anonigma, I don't see anything
wrong with CJ's conditioning. Sure's he's not as ripped as other players in the
NBA, but that is not how he's built. He gets up and down the floor just fine
and has put on quite a bit of muscle since joining the Jazz.
I Think that Raja is not finding ways to help enough when he is on the court. I
love how he takes guys to the side and talks to them but his play is not what it
used to be. I think Raja would make a great coach but I think he needs some
work. CJ still can improve I just wish he was in better shape just like Fes. I
think that we have talent on the Jazz team but we need guys to be consistent and
not give up when it gets tough.
It's about freaking time. We are not making the playoffs anymore, and Raja
needs some motivation to start making shots, and fighting through pick and
rolls. We have three rookies on this team who can use the experience. Raja can
be saved for next year, and benching him now will send a message that he needs
to put in the extra time to improve.
Meh, CJ won't do it. He's made of cheeseburgers. Get the kid in shape and
then we'll see.I hope Corbin is using some kind of psychology here
on Raja to get him to play better.I can recall a couple games this season
where Raja has locked down his opponent defensively. He's gotta be able to do
that to be in the starting lineup in my book.
Dear Raja, Quit your complaining. Just be thankful you have a job.