Although Raja Bell does not have the athleticism of Alec Burks, but he is a
steady player on a team of young developers.Many Jazz fans see Burks
drive to the hoop, fly around the court, and think he is more valuable than
Bell. The problem with Bell has some to do with bell, but also his
teammates not understanding Bell's strengths. They are strengths the Jazz need.
When playing inside out, the bigs (Jefferson) need to kick it out at the right
time, or when double teamed. Bell is a great spot up three ball
shooter. He is only taking three shots a game because he won't force it. Bell
needs players to swing the ball and kick it back out. On the flip
side, Burks does force it, and that's fine. He will make mistakes and make
plays. He's learning and has a different skill set than Bell does.Bell is a solid defender and is good on a contender team with a superstar.
Raja knows how to play a role as a role player. The Jazz have the problem as a
young developing team, where the players don't know their role. Look at Millsap
right now. We all know his ability, yet he is struggling because of the rock
being pounded to the black hole in Jefferson.Harris has struggled to
make assists as a point, but he will get there. I hope Raja finds his place on
the Jazz team because the Jazz need a veteran leader. Millsap and Jefferson are
the only other vets, and neither is a leader.Raja has struggled stat
wise the last two years. His trade value is down. The Jazz aren't paying him
huge bucks, but do need value for their money. Get it right players.
Learn your roles. That said, I am patient with this team and don't expect a ton
of wins or playoff success this year. The Jazz have a young team
with a lot of talent. Full growth will take time.
Raja is terrible, I shake my head when I see him in the game. Come on Corbin
Ok, Jody, now you know how the fans feel about your stinking article about Bell.
Many of us are not just people who watch games but have played and coached at
various levels -- in other words, people who know the game. How about writing an
apology in the comments section or on Twitter or somewhere it's not in the
actual publication of the paper?
I think I saw Bell last night, selling popcorn and drinks up in the stands. As
far as basketball he is the invisable man.
Cut bell and trade big al.
"But, ultimately, I don't think it really matters if I make or miss my
three shots in a game." - Raja BellThis comment just goes to
show that Raja is the new Mark Jackson when he was with the Jazz: Formerly good
NBA vet who is now a locker room cancer.
Jody,I used to have respect for your articles but I must admit with
this lastest "masterpiece" you are really out of touch with reality.
Get serious. If Larry was still around Bell would not be. He adds nothing.
His defense is far from what it used to be. His offense stinks. Other teams
have no need to guard him. If you want to regain any credibility you should
admit that you were wrong.
Ok, you denied my prior comment about Jody's article being a disservice to the
Jazz and my wish that the Jazz had traded Bell, which I don't understand.
However, Jazz fans, at least the one who watch the Jazz closely, have long since
understood that keeping Bell is a huge detriment to the future development of
the team. Not only that but he also is not helping the team to win any ball
games either. Look up the stats, he is at the very bottom of SGs in the league;
in other words, on paper, you won't find many worse SGs in the league and that
includes bench players. So when Jody writes articles like this, it offends our
This article is merely an apologist's view (intended or not) for Bell and does
not address the relative benefits of playing/starting bell relative to pretty
much every other wing on the team. I would expect better from a journalist.
Either Bell needs to start making some layups or put Alec Burks in. Please!
Is Raja and Tyrone truly seeing reality or what all of us see on a given night?
Bust his behind on Defense? hee hee hee hee
Is an article, Mr. Genessy, that is effectively an apology for Raja Bell's
ineffective play on both O and D really the best you can do, when pretty much
anyone other than Bell would likely be more productive?
It's too bad that the only veteran leader on the Jazz team can't play anymore.
If Raja had played with a lot of the Jazz players before, and they succeeded,
Raja would carry more weight.Millsap is a solid player, not sure
about a leader though. Same for Jefferson. Everyone else is a young buck looking
to develop under a young Head coach. The talent is there. The
maturation process needs to go well before the team accepts too much losing.
that tends to stick with players all throughout their careers once that happens.
A veteran star that won't end up here could change that.
Mr. Genessy, is writing an article that is effectively an apology for Raja
Bell's ineffective play on both ends of the court really the best you can do?
Does it not occur to you that pretty much anyone but Bell (i.e, Howard, Burks,
probably CJ, Hayward (if not playing the 3), and Burks (although Corbin somehow
thinks in his dream world that Bell's 30% FG, "experience", and slow
defense would be superior)) would be better at starting that position? Did
someone put you up to writing this, or did you choose to mitigate probably the
worst coaching decision currently about this Jazz team (starting Bell) all by
Jody:After reading this article, I have to say you know absolutely
nothing about basketball. Raja was obviously washed up last year and the fact
that the Jazz kept him on the team is a mysterious to all die-hard Jazz fans who
are serious students of the game.
What have we got to lose in playing Burks? We aren't going to win anything with Bell in there for sure. Give us fans something to root for!
This is really pathetic. A writer has to write such a stupid article to explain
to all the angry fans why we have a shooting guard who can't shoot, and tell us
that he is good on defense when opposing shooting guards are torching us.Raja was terrible last year. He promised he would be better this year.
He isn't. He's still telling us he'll play better.HE WON'T. The
fact that the jazz keep starting him can only mean that he has incriminating
photos of the coaching staff doing who knows what, and he's holding them
hostage.The fans are not and WILL NOT buy it!
It seems obvious to every jazz fan the Raja is stinking badly. Why can't the
jazz coaches see it?
PLAY ALEC BURKS!!! Raja had his chance to show what he has to give and it has
proven it is not good enough. Alec Burks was a lottery pick for a reason and if
you were going to use the 12 pick in the draft on a player that you were going
to keep on the bench the bench then you should have traded the pick away when
you have a chance. Now you are paying Alec Burks around 3 million a year and
you are sitting him on the bench. You have to be kidding me!!! Put him in
Corbin and give the kid a chance. What do you have to lose at this point. Ok
maybe your team might become one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. OH
way your team is already one of the worst defensive teams in the league so might
as well give Burks a shot and see what he can do to help. If you are going to
keep him on the bench then include him in a trade and get a deal done. Use your
head here and make the most logical decision and play Alec Burks!!!!
Back about the time when Raja Bell bolted for Pheonix to join the Suns he could
still play. Those days are long gone, the Bell experiment has failed already.
It's time to hand the "shooting guard" position over to Hayward and
Burk's. I would buy a ticket package to watch those guys play. Go Jazz!
Matthews,Williams,Maynor and Brewer or Bell,Harris and "cj" you take
"But, ultimately, I don't think it really matters if I make or miss my
three shots in a game." - Raja BellUh ... boy is he wrong on
that account. A 2 guard who can't hit his shots is an open invitation for the
defense to pack themselves in near the paint and let him heave away his
shots.Clank!["Gee, I guess we don't need to guard
him very closely."]I would respect Raja a whole lot more if he
went to Corbin and said,"Coach, I'm not helping the team by
being out there. I think you need to play me less and Burks more. Bring me in
when he tires or if he's having trouble."Now that's someone who
really cares about the team.Am I dreamin'?Probably. But
wouldn't that make a real impression on the team, fans and Burks? Someone who
puts the team's success before his own?I love you Raja but it's time
to become a real coach and mentor to the young guys and show them how to bow out
gracefully, when the time comes.
I like Bell, but he's not good enough to be a starter any more and the Jazz are
getting killed early on the road. The Jazz need to start Howard and move Hayward
to the 2 where he belongs. The Jazz have a much better chance of outscoring
their opponents with Howard than shutting them down with Bell.
Ok, Corbin is going to narrow the playing time to 8-9 players so what does this
mean? Knowing Corbin's current direction which shows an obvious love for
veterans that are going nowhere it means that 8-9 guys will be Jefferson,
Milsap, Howard, Bell, Harris, CJ, Watson, Favors and Hayward if he goes 9 deep.
That means reduced time for Kanter and garbage time only for Burks and Evans.
This is a sure fire way to take us straight to the NBA cellar in the
most boring way possible. It's time to get rid of Corbin and anyone else in
management who share this philosophy.
I think the ball boys did more to help the Jazz win than Bell did.Donât Believe me? Check the stat sheet:R. Bell: 1-4 of
shooting totaling 3 points. 0 offensive rebounds. 1 defensive rebound. 2
assists. 1 steal. 1 foul, with a +/- of -7!! Starting for the Utah
Jazzâ¦Seriously??There was another tidbit of
information on the stat sheet that puzzled me further:âA.
Burks: DNP â Coachâs Decisionâ Wowâ¦So, lemme get this straight. Alec Burks, our slashing and dashing #12 overall
first round draft pick, the veritable future of our point/shooting guard
position, sits on the bench during his rookie season whilst Raja the rusty Bell
sporting a +/- of -7 gets the starting nod. Rightâ¦.Donât get me wrong. Iâm no Corbin hater. I believe he needs some
time, under normal circumstances, to figure his team out. However, while many of
the growing pains the Jazz are experiencing are necessary, the agony of watching
Raja run glorified laps around the court âplaying NBA basketballâ,
is not. Please, can anyone give me a good reason why Bell is still playing, let
alone STARTING?If not, then Corbin, you got some splaininâ to
Doesn't matter who he has to guard, as night in and night out some of the best
in the nba are the players he has to guard. He is no longer a contributor on
this level and his minutes are eating up some extremely valuable time for our
younger guys. thanks for your efforts raja but we its well past time for you to
move on. Corbin/O'conner: cut the cord!
Wow, the desnews spin machine is going full bore.
Maybe Raja should have spent time practicing his shot instead of promoting the
players during the lock out.
Quit making excuses for Raja. We heard them all last season when "he
couldn't find his shot..." and now we have to hear them again?This article talks about him getting Ginobli to guard...well Ginobli had his
best night of the season. Case closed. Raja is stopping nobody.Raja
can't score and the only place he can defend is in his dreams. Raja has had
plenty of playing time to turn this around and is not a rookie so there really
is no excuse. He had is day in the NBA but it is past. We are not winning or
getting any closer to winning with him getting minutes.The real
problems is that we have several bad veterans and nobody playing anywhere near
allstar status and without that this franchise is nothing but roadkill and the
record so far, in combination of the margin of victory, says I am right.Harris and Jefferson are pathetic on both ends of the court too.The only game we won was when Jefferson did not play. I think Jefferson
is offensive and defensive cancer. He is worse than Boozer. Boozer was at
least effective during the regular season offensively.Jefferson told
us all about all the progress he made in Santa Barbara this past summer. I call
baloney on that. Has anyone seen any results to validate he even went? Nothing
he does on the court says he has done a thing.
A very poor position from Jody. Good Grief! To brag about one defensive
abilities when the tem is the worst defensive team in the NBA? Come on
Jody...write something good.
Jody I usually enjoy your stories, but come on Raja isn't playing defense worth
anything this year. He's old, slow, and regardless of how smart he is, just is
not effective anymore. We all realize you want to stay on good terms with the
guys you cover to make life easier, but we're not blind, and understand bad
basketball when we see it.I'd suggest reporting on the demise of the Jazz
as we've come to know them. They are no longer a team who plays tough, is
gritty, gives it everything they have, and respect the coach. KOC and G. Miller
tossed those attributes aside when the forced Sloan out the door. How about
some real reporting on how poor this team is and what a far cry they are from
what the Jazz organization used to represent. And how about the truth about
Sloan's leaving instead of just buying the company line?
Playing Bell is a waste of time, Corbin has got to see that Bell's contribution
is minimal, getting Burks playing time will help him develop and he will open up
the offense with his ability to drive, create and pass. Come on Ty be smart and
play Burks. Bell being on the floor take playing time from Burks but also from
Howard or CJ who are both more productive than Bell.
So our starting scoring guard is only taking 3 shots per game and making 29% of
those? Give us a break! There has got to be a change for fans to want to go to
the games. We have got to get a shooting guard in there that can shoot and is
not afraid to take an open shot. How else can we get some scoring from the
shooting guard position and open up the paint for the bigs? No wonder fans are
questioning coach Corbin right now.
I understand Raja has had to guard Arron Aflalo, Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobli, and
Andre Iguodala but all that considered the only teams allowing more points on
defense than the Jazz are the Clippers and Bobcats. We're tied with Detroit for
third worst defense in the NBA. If Bell were such a lock down defender, I don't
think we'd be the third worst defense in the NBA. My point is that he isn't
really making that big of a difference defensively for him to be taking up so
many minutes. It kills us offensively for him to be in the game so might as well
give other guys a chance on defense to improve and provide allow for the offense
to run more smoothly.
The Jazz have been stinking it up ever since we picked up Jefferson and Bell.
Coincidence? I think not.