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Published: Friday, April 8 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I gotta stick up for Millsap.

Why has Millsap stopped diving for loose balls? Because he's getting more minutes and his body can't handle the punishment it takes. He had 19 double doubles in a row when Booze went out, but then he fell apart physically and was tired. He's had to go easier to produce in other areas.

That being said, I think he's better off coming off the bench. If Favors earns a starting spot next year, and Memo comes back and hits open shots... I really like the idea of Millsap and Okur coming off the bench (heck, we can even keep Fes)

Roosevelt, UT

See ya Fes. I'd say you had a great chance at making something of yourself in SLC but you blew it. You had playing time and as much practice time as you wanted. When you got injured nobody missed you on the floor. That speaks volumes.

The Jazz paid you a million dollars for less than a year, let you practice all you wanted and more in a multimillion dollar facility. You had association with other elite players and you chose not to take advantage of that. Hoping all the time your giant stature would get you out of having to actually do the work it takes to compete in the league.

Fes I think you could have been great, maybe another team will give you a shot
and you will sometime learn to take advantage of the opportunites to come your way.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Ante Tomic is a bean pole and will not be a good center or rebounder. he does have some talent and he could be a good role player but will struggle against aggressive, stronger and quicker big guys. Depending on who they draft and / or trade for this summer, I think it would be a good idea to bring back Fesenko one more year and see how he does for a full year under Corbin. Maybe he will come back in even better shape and Corbin will be able to push him more.

Glen Allen, VA

I think if tomic does get a little stronger he could be really good. If he comes he will do a lot better thatn fesenko, who i hope leaves because he is just awful, he has terrible handles and can barely rebound for a 7 footer. Tomic coming into the jazz next year no matter what will be a huge upgrade for the team

Captain L
Provo, UT

I've been hopeful that Tomic would develop and become a player the Jazz could use, but I don't think it's happening. Tomic is tall but light weight and doesn't fight hard enough. He isn't a great rebounder and doesn't have a great motor. I don't see him getting much PT even if he comes over next year.

Saint Louis, MO

I like Fez. You can't teach height. I would hope that someone can come in and coach him. For some reason, Sloan did not like him. I don't know how Corbin feels. Reasonable draft aims are with two Kentucky connected players. Enes Kanter (Turkey) is a beast. Brandon Knight is better than Harris right now. Now it appears that Harris is "freezing out" certain players in his offense just like Williams did before the run-in. This is a "coach thing" and Corbin needs to step up or the "inmates will once again take over the asylum".

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

I agree Captain. Tomic has slow feet and a slow motor, he is a day late and a dollar short. Fesenko would be much more effective in the NBA or on this Jazz team if the coaches (Sloan/Corbin) would have/would wake up and smell the coffee. The lack of defense in the paint has killed this team. If there is no defense being played in the paint the players guarding the perimeter have to collapse exposing the 3 pt. shot. When ever Fesenko has been allowed to play more than 10 minutes a game the results have been good. Bynum gets 27 minutes a game and makes 58 million over 4 years. Fes makes 1 million a year. He's worth that much just to frustrate Bynum, Gasol and Kolby Bryant.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I sign Fes for 1 million. Cheap by NBA standards and he sits on the bench until the Lakers show up. Fes is good for 4 games a year. $250,000 per game.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Fes is alot better than people want to give him credit for, his plus / minus, shows when he is on the floor the team plays better and usually outscores their opponents. He may not be polished offensively but he has a major impact on the game. I have said this for the last two years + and I still believe it but I have become discouraged and frustrated in both Fes and more so in the coaches, that won't play him. I don't have any trust in Corbin / coaches that they want to continue to develop Fes. Unless something changes, I don't see Fes back with the Jazz. I would like to think different but the way the coaches use and play Fes tells me he's not really in their plans.

Syracuse, UT

Why would anyone try on this team, they stink.

Chuck Nunn
Logan, UT

Tomic will never be a Shaq-Bynum-type center in the NBA. But he does have the potential to be a lot like Pau Gasol, particularly since Gasol drew a lot of the same criticisms when he was younger. We can also look to JaVale McGee as another example of a slimmer center, although Tomic doesn't block as many shots. Still, you have to remember that the European game is different in a lot of respects from the American game, with a lot of high-post cuts and offenses designed to spread the floor. Tomic isn't going to come in and automatically give us 20 and 10 a night, but he can play in the NBA, and he can be a great player for the team that recognizes his skills. Hopefully that's Utah.

For presence inside on defense, I'd stick with Fesenko.

Salt Lake City, UT

Where are you people getting your information on Tomic?

Its all a bunch of "he said" "she said." There was one article on him back in August published by the DesNews (obvious bias towards the hope for the Jazz) His numbers at eurobasket dot com look decent, but he's no pau gasol. I'd expect Kosta Koufus to put up similar stats.

Chuck Nunn
Logan, UT

"JFFR" I've followed Ante Tomic for years, all the way back to when he started playing for Zagreb in Croatia. I'm not the first one to ID him as an NBA prospect, but I was the first sportswriter to ID him as a prospect for the Jazz back when I was working for The Spectrum in St. George on the sports desk. Now I post updates about him on my own site. I'm certainly not the first one to liken him to Gasol, but making that comparison doesn't mean that I'm saying he's going to come here and lead the Jazz to an NBA title his first year. It took time in the league for Pau to become what he is. Tomic can do similarly if he's given the opportunity. I really don't care if you believe that or not, but it's the truth.

Salt Lake City, UT

Simple answer: If they can sign Fes cheap, do so, if Portland wants to overpay him, see ya. Always gamble on youth and size, when motivated and properly used Fes makes a huge difference. Heck, don't pick up CJ's option, then offer it to Fes spread out over three years.

Hire a big man coach for him & Favors for cryin' out loud, ridiculous. "John & Karl didn't need to be told what to do, blah, blah," Thank the Lord Sloan's gone.

Paul needs to be 3rd big, with some time at the 3 in the right matchup. He's given it everything, but unless the other three guys are far above average on D (like Rondo/LBJ level), he & Al cannot play D as the 4-5, last night proved that and they both tried very hard.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Chuck, thanks for all your updates on Tomic, I still hope he can come over to the Jazz and be a productive contributor. I'm a little discouraged when you see him play, he doesn't seem to have much of a motor and he doesn't seem to try that hard on defense. Like you said though, maybe that is because of the difference in the two leagues, I hope so. He is tall, long, athletic and he can score, those are good qualities to have. I hope the Jazz bring him over next year.

Chuck Nunn
Logan, UT

Actually Cap, when I said "European" I probably should have said "Spanish." Tomic played more in the post when he was in Zagreb, but ACB is a very loose, spread-the-floor type of play, very free-wheeling, from what I've observed. When you see the clips, opponents like to pull Tomic away from the basket on defense. He's still not going toe-to-toe with Andrew Bynum, but he can play alongside a bulkier player in any lineup.

Temecula, CA

I like Tomic...hear he might come here in 2013. Once here, he can bulk up some like Kirilenko did. Jazz will be harder and harder to defend with an offensive threat like Tomic in the front court. Imagine the Jazz with a formidable front line...not hard for me anyway when I think of Favors, Milsap, Jefferson, and Fes. Difference for me compared to many others is my Jazz front line has to have Fes in it, even if that means Jefferson's minutes are cut in half. Tomic would add length and versatility to the equation.

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