Fesenko is still my man to play center for the Utah Jazz. He obviously needs to
be ready to play consistently in order to be starting consistently. He showed a
lot of all-around skills early this year when he was in great playing shape...a
lot of bloggers here forget that. Even Sloan said that if Fes could hit his free
throws he would be playing more. Good luck next year, Fes, and hope it is with
Unfortunate for Fesenko, but great game for the JAZZ. DNews may want to change
the sentence in the article that Fez sat out the Tuesday "loss" to
Hopefully the Jazz are going to get a big man and defensive specialist coach in
place by seasons end, keep some of these young guys close, work with them for
several months and surprise some people this fall, Fess being one of them.
Fesenko has had the misfortune of being on a Jazz team for years with Coach
Sloan and Johnson, who collectively were unable to get this player to do things
that would improve his value and performance in the NBA. I don't think any of
us looking at the Jazz from the outside can adequately evaluate what can be done
to get this man to do things to improve himself. Something is missing to us
fans I think. Patience for a lot of us is wearing thin. The Jazz do need a big
player in the center position who can score and shoot freethrows. Al Jefferson
is a post up player, but cannot be expected to handle it on the defensive end or
to battle bigger players on other teams. That is just not realistic. Someone
needs to take Fesenko under their wing, go to bootcamp and work on his
deficiencies. If a bootcamp fails then maybe he is not NBA material. What
amazes me is this hasn't happened before now. For petes sake, the man has been
here three or four years or more. And what about the other Russian or Eastern
European that is Jazz property?
No better big man coach than Stew from the Aggies!
There is a saying, "You can't help someone unless they want to him
themself" Until Fes wants it, it doesnt matter.
Like Fes or not, the Jazz are going to be hardpressed to find a big man that
alters the opponents offense in the paint like Fes does for less than $2M. I
hope the Jazz resign him for cheap and give him some quality minutes to allow
our other guys playing center to play their true PF position. I also hope that
Fes, if given the opportunity, makes the most of it.
I think he has the Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko phantom injuries...Only
AK-47 is a more fragile NBA player, perhaps in all of the NBA.
Prediction: He will be back next year. We do not need him to be a star. If he
can play in 50-60 games 10 minutes a game, he is still a lot better than most
guys in the 12th man position on any other team.
Hope so Ed. Although he's missed 11 games to injury, he's been available for the
other 60-odd games. He's had his struggles, and he may have not done himself too
many favors, but it's hard to be motivated when you're not playing. but if he
recognizes that he needs to put in the work, then that's progress right there.
But the kid can play, and he needs to play. Hopefully he can come back to Utah
next season and bolster the front line alongside Favors and Evans off the bench,
or maybe even start alongside Jefferson and 'Sap. Hope springs eternal for the
Fesenko admitted at shootaround Tuesday morning that his offseason fitness gains
"just all went away because I didn't practice for a week" due to his
ailing ankle. "It's all just flushed away," he added.That
is all I need to hear. I mean are you serious? That is a joke if I have ever
heard one. Where would you even begin to start with somebody like that?Why
does somebody need to explain to him that preparing his body is important?I am all for projects and all but hopefully the Jazz are willing to
start a new one.
Farmers tan, well Gordan you will fit right in with us Utahans with that look:)
Kyrylo Fesenko should wear a Jazz Uniform for many years to come. With his size
and a little work he could be unstoppable. Self confidence will go a long way in
getting him to where he needs to be. One off season with a good patient coach
will turn him into a powerhouse.
If they can sign Fes for the near-minimum, go ahead. You can't coach size.He's still young, you never know when big men will 'get it'. He'll
never be any type of starter, but he could obv be very valuable in certain
matchups, esp now that the coaches who thought the least about matchups are
gone.Portland will probably offer him the max plus signing bonus, so
good luck, Fes.