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Published: Saturday, July 9 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Doctor J
Manti, UT

cj...next year he will break out...we'veeen hearing this for 6 years...he seems to like to drive...right to the drive thru at McDonalds

Salt Lake City, UT

@Doug10- Since Hornacek came on as shooting coach Kyle Korver set an NBA record for 3pt % in a season (Yes its true that Kyle Korver was already a good shooter, but Hornacek did work with him and made him better) Wesley Matthews became a solid 3pt shooter, Paul Millsap starting nailing threes, Gordon Hayward went from 29% at the college 3pt line to 47% at NBA.

I think the man knows what he is doing.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Anonigma: If you can communicate with CJ via twitter, ask him what kind of workout routine he has and suggest that if he wants to be as good as a Kobe or a Ray Allen, he should find out (in detail) what their pre game and off season workouts are like and copy it.

Salt Lake City, UT

CJ Miles was interviewed on 1320 KFAN right after they extended his contract. He was asked about his work out regimine. He said he's preparing himself to be able to run the floor all night long while maintaining his strength. CJ has never had a problem of coming into training camp out of shape (if he had, Sloan would have called him out and I would have rememebered) CJ is busting his tail off this summer as he has for the past 5 years. He eats, drinks and sleeps basketball.

He is a hard worker, fans just like to speculate. He doesn't looked as ripped as other NBA players, but that is his body type.

Los Olivos, CA

Just curious. You don't like the owners, the front office, the coaches, or any of the players. What is it, as a Jazz fan, that you like?

Tokyo, Japan

lets face it...CJ had 6 years is more than enough to prove himself...let's not waste our time...he wont be an all-star...he wont be a clutch performer...he is simply a role player....decent but erratic...and that's just about it...6 years playing pro-ball and still have mediocre numbers?...come on...i know he is young...but im no longer expecting much of him...i'd rather see Hayward get the ball rather than CJ...at least Hayward knows when to shoot and when to pass...and is and would be a great playmaker for our team...CJ should be happy...and should just accept the backup role...he should just know his role...and dont jack up too many ill-advised threes...

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

@ Ed
Doug has a player that he is very fond of and I recall him making numerous posts about his admiration for this player. I am fairly certain it is Carlos Boozer that Doug really likes.


I would love to see the Jazz bring in Dantley to fill that last coaching spot.He could help these young players develop a lost post game...NOONE did it any better !!!

Salt Lake City, UT

@ Rockon,
In the NHL when they lost a season they took the combined win-loss record of the previous 3 seasons and weighted the odds for the draft order based on those numbers. I would imagine the NBA would do something to that affect.

Murray, UT

@Captain L:

I just follow CJ on twitter, I don't really know him and he usually only responds to people he knows.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Kakashi- when did I claim CJ was something special? I just said he works hard.

I think he is a solid role player. Personally, I think he's better off in the starting lineup. He's a great option if he's the 3rd or 4th option in the offense. When he came off the bench and was the 1st or 2nd option, he struggled.

Sure he has 6 years in the league, but lets remember he didn't get too many minutes back when he was 18 and 19 years old. He's the same age as Wesley Matthews and in the same ball park in quality he brings to a team (Wesley is a little bit better right now, but I still think CJ has more potential. CJ when he's 27 will be better than Wesley when he is 27.)

For 4 years I've been waiting on a "CJ Miles breakout year" Well, I've stopped believe in breakout years. Players don't breakout, but they can improve their game. CJ's not gonna be an all-star next year, but I think he'll continue to improve and be a solid player.

Jazz Cop
San Francisco, CA

How do you do it? Live in Phx, Az.; work as a coach for the Jazz; and have your children in school in different places? You seem to be doing a really good job, but it seems like allot for one person to handle. Some might say you are just doing a good job managing things, but if all you were doing was managing things then why would you stretch yourself so thin. Wouldn't it just be easier to focus on one aspect of your life, then be passionate about the spectrum of your life that focuses yourself as a person?

Tokyo, Japan


really? a starter...i'd choose Hayward overhim if its just potential...but i agree that he may be a solid player...but i'd rather have him off the bench...especially with the lineup we have now...and what we could have in the next draft...CJ may flourish in other teams...and if he wants to be effective and help the team play...he should have improved his shot selection...6 years...same bad decisions...although he is slowly and steady improving...it might take him at least 2-3 more years to become a consistent player...he'll probably end up like John Salmons....CJ should have went to college...and he could have been a much complete and better player than he is right now...

Salt Lake City, UT

Kirilenko should start over CJ. But CJ is a solid 3rd or 4th option on offense. When the lineup was Watson-Hayward-CJ-Millsap-Elson, he and Millsap shouldered the scoring responsibility. That forced CJ to take a lot of unwise shots (Hayward will now take some of that responsibility, which will help.) When you talk about forced unwise shots plus the occasional "CJ Miles thinks he's Kevin Durant" moment...it adds up to pretty sloppy stuff.

Put CJ Miles in the right role and I think he can be a 15+ points a night guy. With the occasional 30pt game (he scored 41 pts when he was 23 years old...) But I'm always way too optimistic when it comes to CJ.

CJ probably should have gone to college. There was a great article on ESPN a year ago about the jump from high school to NBA for him. He never had to use picks in high school, he could always just beat everyone he played against. All of a sudden he wasn't the best, thats a huge adjustment. He didn't know how to set screens or use screens.

Tokyo, Japan


i agree that he could be a solid 12-15 pt a night guy...he would probably have a big game here and there...but...noting his lone 41 pt effort...im not sure it would be a regular thing...i think...for him to be successful...he needs to embrace the 6th man role...i think he would have an advantage playing against second stringers...i just hope that there would be a season...so that he could prove his worth...im not praising him or anything...its just that...CJ should know that he wouldnt be an all-star...because he really isnt the best guy out there...he is an option...but he isnt the best...and he should accept that...move forward...and do his best on his role...kinda like grant hill embracing a lesser role....he became more effective...

Salt Lake City, UT

Thats the thing with CJ Miles. I'm pretty sure he thinks he's Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant etc.

No actually. He thinks he's CJ MILES. His first 4 years he had no confidence all of a sudden he has WAY too much.

Paul Millsap is on fire versus the Heat? "Thats okay, because I'm CJ Miles. I'll jack up the last shot!" "Sundiata Gaines hit the game winner? I'm not that excited cuz it should have been me! I'm CJ MILES!" (Go watch the YouTube videos, you'll see what I'm saying. P.S. Atleast we have YouTube... the league can't take taht away from us)

Unfortunately, I think Paul Millsap needs to realize the same thing. I LOVE the guy, but I don't think he's an All-star. He might be better off coming off the bench, but I don't think he wants that role.

P.S. Careful with your CJ Miles YouTube highlights!

Mesquite, NV

I think the main ingredient for improvement, if the talent is there, is the desire to do whatever necessary to get better. Do you remember back in the day when Stockton and Malone were among the few that worked out over the summer. Do you remember when prevailing thought was lifting weights interfeared with a basketball player's technique. I wish more players had the work ethic of Malone and Stockton. Do you remember Malone calling out "Tag" on his "work ethic." If players wanted it as bad as Stockton and Malone did, we would have more players like them. So in summary, the desire to get better accompanied by hard work is probably the main ingredient for most to improve. I don't think you can teach desire.

Los Olivos, CA

CJ is a second round draft pick that has lasted six years.....way more than most. He is productive and does not cost a lot. I am not sure why everyone wants so much from him. We should be happy that a second-rounder can play. Mathews? He was once in a lifetime. Nobody should have to get compared to him.

Malibu, CA

Horny is doing a great job.

It's interesting how Douglas makes the first ignorant comment and then several land blast him and he doesn't even defend himself????....hmmmmmm, go figure. It's all about character and some seriously lack it, unfortunately. This should say a lot folks. So, please, and I mean please, ignore his utter nonsense. He obviously knows zero about the game of basketball. I have commented on this before regarding his cynical and pessimistic ways.

I like the Jazz's future. Horny will con't to help the team.

Thx for all your support Jazz fans....Let's hope we can resolve the labor dispute soon so we can see what we have and check out our new additions. Go Jazz....

Dr Truth
SLC, ut

I think Horny knows a thing or two about shooting. Horny on CJ Miles....he shoots off balance to much and he doesn't shoot it the same way every time. When CJ gets in trouble on his shot it looks more like he's throwing it than shooting it. Watch Dirk, he practices his off balance shots over and over again. If CJ did that more, then he might make a few more of those sling shots he does at times.

Watch Hayward, he practices shooting in balance and with the same consistent form. Jeff can give you the techniques, you have to practice and work at it to get better.

What did Jeff say, not all of the young players listen.....makes you wonder how come CJ hasn't improved his shot selection and technique....

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