Vet expects to answer call for bigger impact after 'difficult' season
I personally like Raja and what he "has" done in the past for this
team, however that being said it was a Jerry Sloan choice and mistake to have
brought him back last year. This team doesn't need his veteran leadership, the
coaching staff and 1 or 2 vets like Watson is enough. In other words his salary
is a waste of money!
Raja is a great person and the team has benefitted by hi8m showing the ropes to
the younger players.Some fans might have jumped off the Bell
bandwagon, but Jazz management hasn't. The Jazz management might consider
hiring him in the place of Hornacek rather than giving him a playing
position.Billups would help out the Jazz, as would Vince Carter,
both players who can still play and provide the leadership.
@Doug10I highly doubt Billups would join...he specifically mentioned
that he would be a problem to the team that gets him if he didnt want to play
for that team...he wants to be in a contender...so i highly doubt he will come
in and help...
Who didn't like what Bell did a few years ago with the Jazz? He played well and
brought a lot of hustle to the team. The Jazz revived his then struggling career
and he repaid Utah by leaving for Phoenix. No problem. Last year Utah takes him
back and he struggles. I hope he does well this season... bottom line, make or
break year for Bell.
Good to hear that, after a rough shooting year, he spent the extended offseason
working on his...fishing.
JP - thanks for your unintelligent sarcasm ... fishing was exactly what he
needed to get his shooting touch back because for a veteran shooter with near
perfect mechanics, what he needed was a clear head and fresh outlook.
I'd love to have Raja's intensity back here with the Suns. I'll never forget the
way he humiliated Kobe with his defense.If he brings back that intensity
to the Jazz, he'll be worth every dime.He's a class act and a positive in
the locker room.He's kinda like our Grant Hill. His best days are over,
but his good days are a steady solid effort every night without the drama.@JP, please note that coach was pleased with his conditioning.
Raja's a smart guy. It sounds like he's kept himself in shape, and he's seemed
genuinely excited to be back in Utah. Hopefully he's done his work in the off
season to improve his shooting game. I think he could surprise a lot of fans
this year if he has. He strikes me as being a lot like Bryon Russell, who the
Jazz almost cut back in '97 because his shooting game wasn't very good. But, as
Coach Phil Johnson pointed out recently, he did a lot of work in the off season
to improve his game, and when Ostertag got injured that year, Russell became a
key part of the team, especially during the play-offs and NBA finals with the
Bulls. Granted Russell was younger, but he had also been with the Jazz four
seasons at that point. I agree this is a make-or-break season for Raja, but
looking at our roster, I still think he brings a lot to the team, and I hope he
I hope Raja has a good season he is what the Jazz need, but come on D-News the
whole using his last name in "Raja rings the Bell" "the Bell
rings for Raja" kind of way is getting old................
Bell's tenacious defense and trey ability are reasons Jazz fans will be glad he
backed up Hayward at the 2 by the time this year is over with. Those two can
provide a lot of fouls against the likes of Kobe. The Jazz simply don't have
another person to back up Hayward (who should be the starter at 2).I'm glad he's back for another year or so. He should be better prepared
(physically speaking) than he was able to be last year when he was subpar
because of prior injury issues. It'll make a big difference in the level of his
contribution that he's had time to get over his injury issues.
I think Raja will be fine...just needs to get his head right and it sounds like
he's done that. Even if he doesn't shoot that well, his defense and veteran
presence will make a difference. The best things about Raja are 1. he's
fearless and 2. he likes Utah.
Raja should quietly retire mid-season and join Harpring as an announcer. He's a
smart, articulate guy but no good on the floor anymore. We should amnesty him
and pick up someone else. we don't need him at all.
Amnesty.If Bell does not show up this season that is what should be
done with him. He sure was a bust last season. Amnesty seems like a
solution that would allow us to get someone who has the ability to still
contribute. Sure give him a chance but if he starts out like he played last
year then bye bye.
I like some aspects of Bell's game but not enough to have him be a starter,
Hayward and CJ have more to offer as does Burks, I hope Corbin realizes that
and plays Bell accordingly. Bell can be an asset but getting major minutes isn't
the way. I hope Hayward and CJ start at the wings , with Burks getting the
major minutes as the backup. My starting lineup would be Harris, Hayward, Miles,
Favors, Big Al. I think Favors needs to start for several reasons, foremost as a
defensive presence and 2nd ly so his great potential can be developed. I know
Milsap is good but he can't offer the things Favors can, especially defensively.
IMO Milsap needs to be our 6th man.