I think D will makes booz look like twice the player that he is. I think he has
potential though. He needs to practice catching the ball, passing to moving
targets, and defending with his feet instead of hands. Maybe he should play
some soccer in the off season. haha. I still love him and believe in him.
Thanks for not leaving us like Fisher did.
Good luck Booze! Hope things work out well for you and your family this summer
and looking forward to you playing with the Jazz next year. Not all of us are
fair weather fans.
I can't believe crybaby Kobe and his band of thug's beat the Rockets and the
Jazz. I hope the next team that plays them, LA, beats them in 4.
I just want the Jazz to bring home some hardware. 20 years of watching and
cheering and losing to teams that bring home the title (Bulls, Spurs, and
probably LA this year). I just wanna win. I just want Sloan to bring home the
bacon. I think this team can do it. Maybe next year.
Next year will tell the tale on Boozer. If he really does improve and plays
better in the playoffs in spite of any defensive scheme against him, I'll be his
biggest fan. Until then, I'm not so high on him. He has too many chinks in his
armor. Little things that cost him during games (dumb fouls, turnovers because
he's unaware of who's around him, etc.)One thing he'd better not do
is change his shot. That high arcing (NOT arching, people) shot is the kind that
can provide consistent shooting percentages from game to game. Flat shooters are
streak shooters because their room for error is so much smaller (one inch versus
Thanks Booze! Enjoy the off season, see you next year!!
RE Potential: "Thanks for not leaving us like Fisher did."I take it
you're not a Cleveland Cavaliers fan?!
I'm a huge Boozer fan. Hard to find anyone stronger or with better hands in the
league. I love his spin moves that take him right to the hoop. It is almost a
guaranteed score of foul. He is a good jump shooter too but I think he went to
that too much when he could have taken the Lakers to the glass every time. He's
also a great rebounder. I'll take his strengths over his poor defense any day.
We just need to get someone tough inside to compliment his and Okur's good
offense but poor d. If that can be Fez then we can continue to build from within
and not make any changes - although we probably have to do something with either
Almond or Miles. Almond seems to be the odd man out on a very deep roster of 2
Have a great summer, Carlos! And thanks for a great season.
You hope the next team that plays LA that LA beats them in 4, me too.
I just want a new Porsche to show up in my drive way.I've learned in life
just because you wnat something it doesn't mean it's going to happen.
Boozer at times, especially in this playoff series was almost as "OVERRATED" as
Tracy McGrady!! I mean that! How does Paul Millsap just come in the game and
make the team so much better? Did you not see that run start with Millsap in the
4th? As soon as Boozer fouled out, The Jazz went on a bigger run! He's a
disappointment and is being overpaid!! Here's some advice for Boozer!
Take a week this summer and spend some time in Louisiana with The Mailman, and
maybe he can teach you how to play better defense!! Deron did it with Stock, I
dont think it would hurt you any! It's sad to see Luis Scola get made look like
an all-star and Lamar Odom look like a superstar because someone plays sub-par
defense! Booz, learn how to play defense, make easy shots, and stop settling for
jump shots and maybe we'll win a championship a lot sooner! GO JAZZ!!
like i said boozer lack many things. he is timid, soft,his demeanor is not that
of a winner. the jazz will make the playoff and that is it. history will
continue to repeat it self just like the 20 years that has passed. enjoy the
years of disappointments jazz fan.if only we can take the
heart of millsap and give to LOOZER.
what is boozer saying when he says he is a leader and cornerstone for this
franchise??? are u kidding me? we can trade him and d will, will turn millsap
into a better player than boozer. Atleast millsap is tough and backs up the
things he says. And he is not afraid of posting up taller guys unlike boozer who
shoots fade aways like a girl.. I love the jazz but sometimes boozer just pushes
my buttons :)
Where is Booz coming from--team leader and cornerstone of the franchise? Give me
a break. Your traded buddy.
I have respect for Boozer. Some fans lack class. Some fans think they know more
than the coach and they enjoy shooting off their mouths. Thank you Mr. Sloan,
and Mr. Miller and all the Jazz players and most of the Jazz fans.
I hope I get to enjot it many more years. He's a great player and seems to be a
great guy. He's still given alot to this community and team even if they didn't
win the playoffs.Thanks Boozer!A fan
Memo to fans: I am a big Jazz fan, I love the Jazz, I think we have great fans.
I think we have some of the most ignorant fans too. D Fish is a good guy, I
still wish him well with his family. Boozer is still one of the leaders of the
team with D Will. The refs did NOT cost us the series. I swear the glass is
always half empty with some fans. This team will be solid for the next decade.
Championships do not happen over night. Let this team gel more. We have now
had 2 very productive years in a row with some very meaningful playoff games,
and great playoff runs, that is what turns boys into men. The Jazz are going to
keep getting better. They may win a championship, they may not. That is what
the sports world is all about, it is hard to win a championship but I believe
this group will do it. Just keep being supportive and back our team. Thanks
for a great year Jazz, and we love ya Boozer, we got your back. GO JAZZ!
I can handle a guy missing shots - what killed us was his horrible, horrible
defense! He need to work out with Bruce Bowen over the summer.
Until we get the killer attitude it's just a bunch of nice guys playing
basketball. Somewhere, sometime, somehow you have to be able to say: "I am not
going to beat you I am going to destroy your will to play the game". Then we
will win ALL the marbles and go home. I prefer to call it SWAGGER!
yeah, swagger. genuine confidence. not boozer's forte. but it's possible. on the
other hand, I've read suggestions to trade boozer for bogut + mo williams or
udonis haslem + jason williams. Whatever. It will be fun to watch what happens
around July 1 & check out the Olympics, while waiting for a great Jazz season in
2009. It's sounding like next year the Jazz nucleus will be torching opponents
like an Aussie brush fire.
The kids at the pool have invented a new version of the age old game "Marco /
Polo". The new version is "Boozer / Loser". Ouch!
We don't need apologies.We need a better big man.
From listening, to most of your comments, many of you have never play high
shool or collage basketball coach sloan is not the problem it is the
2 guard and 4 or 5 postion you can live with one bad post player but not
two and no nba team as won a title with bad defence for 1 and 2 spot.......
penatration kill ever time ever time... deron good brewer need to get getter or
move on to an other team
Boozer played awful during the playoffs, but he had a great regular season.
During the season he hit the shots he missed during the playoffs. Weird. I
supposed it all came down to confidence, as he would've gladly taken and made
those 15 footers earlier in the year the Lakers begged him to take in the
Boozer didn't only play bad, he played with no heart. That's what bugs me. I'm
ok with a player having a bad game, but I'm not ok with a player who will not
even try out on the court. Boozers unwillingness to play hard, dive for the
ball, jump for a rebound, and take the ball strong to the hoop is pathetic. He
played like a complete wimp.
the Golden Rule, people? Yeah, that's right, the Golden Rule. You know, "treat
others the way you'd like them to treat you".I'm disgusted with how
many people on this message board are ripping Boozer a new one because he was in
a shooting slump in the playoffs. We GOT to the play-offs, didn't
we? And Boozer had NOTHING to do with it? And you'd be a danged fool to think
that we played better against San Antonio in the Conference finals last year
than we did in the semi's last week against the Lakers. I think we just lost to
the NBA champions, people. You might argue that we got to the Conference finals
last year and got beat this year in the semi's. True, but L.A. was a whooooole
lot better than Golden State was last year.So Boozer is human. I
remember Malone having some VERY low scoring games against the Bulls in our 2
NBA championship series too. Anyone going to say that the Mailman didn't have
heart?Still mad at Boozer? If you are, since you think being a
"never-miss" NBA player is so easy, YOU go do it.Dan MaloyEnid, OK
Lifetime Jazz fan here and I have to say that Booz could be a much more solid
player if he would work harder. Yes, he put up solid numbers during the regular
season, but did he realize his true potential? The bottom line is right now he
is too soft on defense and not smart enough on offense. We all witnessed this.
Were the playoffs an aberration? I don't think so. The competition got stiffer
and Booz wasn't ready for it. The time to prepare for the playoffs is during
the offseason and during the season by working harder! When you reach the
playoffs the game is that much harder and if you haven't prepared yourself
sufficiently, it's going to be tough to elevate your game. D' Will on the other
hand had a large well of regular game experiences in which to draw from and he
was able to elevate his play and be a true leader.
Unfortunately a new nickname was earned during the season, Boozer the Loser.
However, Carlos has all the tools necessary to succeed at the highest level, and
I have faith that he will improve dramatically. It's great that he knows he can
improve, wants to improve and has a list of improvements he wants to make.
Here's my list:1) Team defense. Be CONFIDENT in leaving your man to
help a teammate. Your teammates will leave their men to get your back. Do NOT
stand there like a deer in the headlights while wondering what to do on D.
Commit and put out 100%. To learn better D study game tapes with Phil Johnson
or Sloan or Corbin next to you, and ask them to break down all your defensive
moves (or non-moves).2) Shooting. Unlike some I would advise
slightly changing your shot. Don't take the ball so far back, take it up a bit
higher and farther forward, and this will make your release quicker and higher.
If you work on it for an entire summer, you will improve dramatically. How do
you get to be one of the best shooters? Imitate them. (continued)
(more)Tiger Woods had one of the best swings in golf, yet he know he
could improve, and so he did it. His new swing is steadier, and he does not
bring the club as far back around as he used to do. Now he has a slighly
shorter back swing because he learned that it is easier to control. A great
basketball shooter also has a simple shot. There have been very, very few
shooters who have long back swings like your shot, Carlos. Dick Barnett from
the Knicks was one, and that's going way back. Almost every great shooter keeps
his elbow pretty well under the ball as viewed from the front, and the ball
seldom gets as far back as the top of the head. You have the hand-eye
coordination to shoot as well as any big man in the game. Work on that as well
as extending your range. You will seldom need to shoot a three-pointer, but if
you can shoot that far, then those 15 to 18-footers will be like eating ice
cream. 3. Don't worry too much about scoring. A great team doesn't
need you to score 20-plus points a game. (more)(more)
Great regular season players amount to squat. Look at McGrady. Use this
off-season to learn defense. Yes the fans blame you. Clank on free throws, clank
on 10 footers. What happened? Paul Millsap is just chomping at the bit for some
of Boozer's minutes. Paul would blossom to a 20 point 12 rebound guy with
Boozer's minutes and plays tough defense. Paul goes up strong every time. Trade
Boozer for Elton Brand. Boozer wants to be in L.A. and you know Elton wants to
play for a winner. Iguadola for Boozer. Can you imagine Iguadola working
with Williams? Both are free agents.
(continued)I've always felt that Malone hurt the team by scoring 26
points a game rather than, say, 18. He held the ball too much, looking for ways
to penetrate the defense, and this was like pouring cold oil over the rest of
the team. It really got to be a problem the second year the Jazz went to the
Finals because by then Malone had convinced himself that he was the go-to guy --
the man who should take the shots at the ends of quarters and games.
Unfortunately, he wasn't as great a shot creator as a so-called go-to guy must
be. Usually Stockton was the Jazz's best go-to guy. And you don't usually need
a go-to guy anyway if you stick with the team concept even when the going gets
rough during big point deficits or toward the end of games. So, Carlos, don't
worry about scoring 20-plus, just worry about doing all the little things
rights, and you'll find yourself making fewer turnovers, more assista, more
rebounds and scoring more efficiently. 4) Get meaner. You don't
want to go out there with the idea of hurting anybody, of course. (more)
you must be more assertive. Do not push players in the back when rebounding and
avoid charging when you have the ball, but otherwise you need to have more of an
attitude -- a chip on your shoulder, if you will. Prove all those naysayers
wrong. I think this in part is why you've already overexceeded many
expectations of you, but I have faith that you can one day get good enough to
make the hall of fame, and you must continue providing critics wrong. When you
slap at a ball in your opponent's hands, really whack it. Malone never cared
whether he slapped so hard that it might hurt a guy's fingers. If a guy was
careless enough to show the ball, he really hit it, and you should do that same
thing. If you ever need to foul on purpose, make sure that player knows you
mean business. One way to make an opponent miss shots is to take his mind off
his shot -- make him think about the last time you took his feet out from under
him. Again, I'm not asking for flagrant fouls, just good, solid and HARD
The truth here is that if Boozer penetrated when he got the ball like Millsap
did through the playoffs, fans would not be angry with him. If he played with
the heart/intensity that Williams and Millsap did through the playoffs, fans
would not be upset.We could not do what we expect Boozer to do, if
we could would we watch NBA basketball? He is paid millions because we can't and
he has the body to do it.Boozer just needs to play with that
strength that Millsap does and with the confidence that Williams does, or he is
just no worth the millions he is paid.Props to Memo though, he was
HUGE for the Jazz in the playoffs and I am so glad they have him.
Well, most smack talkers are clueless about the game, anyway.Great
year, Carlos. I can see past this and know that the Jazz will have a great year
next year. Keep things tight at home, and get tougher on the road.I'm looking for homecourt throughout the playoffs next year. That's how it
gets done in the NBA.Have a nice summer with your family.
Another great year for the Jazz. There is a lot of parity in the NBA (just look
at the Western Conference final standings this year). It's very tough to win it
all. The Jazz had a great season but matchup problems with Gasol, Odom, and
Kobe killed them. People have slumps, it then becomes mental and exacerbated by
all the criticism. Boozer will bounce back. Rich had some great insights. I
used to watch Boozer back at Duke and have always been a fan. He'll work on
that quickness and footspeed this summer to improve his defense. Unfortunately,
he can't grow a few inches in length. The Jazz really do need a quick, long,
tall 5 man or they will have the same defensive problems next year. Thanks for a fun season to watch. Go Jazz!
What a man. He could have pulled a Fisher and brought his child's
treatment to the forefront, but he received almost no attention in that regard.
I'm sure the emotional drain and high expectations almost played a
part in his poor postseason play.As a Jazz Fan and a basketball fan,
it would be STUPID to get rid of Booz. He is a great rebounder, terrific with
his back to the basket, and an underrated passer.The trouble starts
with Sloan. Boozer isn't Karl Malone. Booz doesn't have the stregth Malone did
to charge in the lane off the pick-and-roll. However, Booz is much better
isolated in the low post. He is twice as quick as Malone and finishes with
either hand. All Sloan had to do was give more space to the low post
and leave to spot up shooters (Dwill and Korver) on the strong side to make
teams pay for double teaming Boozer. Alas, all I can do is campaign
on against ignorance. Fire/Retire Sloan
Even if Booze was given the space, he would have still forced those shots since
he was struggling. All we can hope for is that Booze learns from this and will
utilize the situations when they double team him and hit a shooter like Korver.
Speaking of Korver, I hope that dude improves on creating his own
shot. There's someone to meet him everytime he touches the ball. I hope he
learns to utilize the pivot in order to make some room between him and the
defender. I love Korver, but it's tough when you can't get the room to shoot.
I will admit Sloan Hater that Sloan did not utilize Korvers mid-range jumper
coming off a curl. Korver's deadly on that play.
Sloan Hater is a moron. If it was as easy as just isolating Heartless on the low
block and putting shooters on the strong side the Jazz would have won the last
two championships. If you paid any attention at all you would have noticed the
Lakers were doubling Heartless from the weak side. Heartless' problems stem
more from his absolute inability to play tough D or even try. Get lost on the
pick and roll much? Notice Heartless' one good game in the playoffs came when
he busted his behind on D and rebounding, his shot still looked like crap.
Long time Jazz team of 20+ years This team is close, but need a few different
pieces. To keep: Williams, Millsap, Okur, Korver, Brewer, and Kirilenko.
Either trade or find different roles for the others.For what to
trade and why you say?1) A defensive big. No explanation
necessary2) A dependable backup point (then again, who doesn't need one of
these) Too much loss of production when williams goes out3) Millsap needs
more minutes, too many intangibles to leave on the bench. I've seen the guy
change the inside attack of game by himself for the past two seasons. I
think if the jazz brass can solve a few of these problems you'll see a stronger
teams. If not, they'll continue to lose to the Lakers, Spurs, or have to wait
until those teams get old.
We need Boozer. But Milsap has to be the hottest, most underpaid player in the
league right now. Miller better find some way to sign this kid long-term cause
someone else would pay him 8 million a year and put him into their starting
lineup in a heart beat.
Boozer for Bogut? Please Bogut is not worthy to tie Boozer's shoe. We really
have some ignorant fans. WOW1
here is the key: We need defensive strong center, send Okur and Boozer to
Orlando for Dwight Howard, put Kirilenko on 4, and sign Iguodala on free, next
thing will be celebrating the champions ring
We beat ourselves, not finishing plays, missed layups and dunks. Angel,
Macedonia you might as well wish for a million dollars you are not getting
Dwight Howard, or Iguodala. The real key is signing our MVP and team leader
D-Will to a long term contact. If there are any big trades this year it will be
Wow Angel, can we get Chris Paul and Lebron James too?!
I agree Milsap is an awesome player. I look for a great season next year. We
have a great Jazz team; with a little more polish I think this team could "get
'er done". Great season Boozer, Milsap, D Will, Korver, Sloan and all the team.
Have a great summer, and let's get it next year.
Great centers are few and far between and once you have one, you don't trade him
(unless you need to dump salaries and conspire w/ Stern and the Lakers). So no,
the Jazz will never be able to trade for Howard or Yao Ming. Unless
Fes' develops, the Jazz will be in the same position as they were in the
Stockalone days...destined to be perennial runners-up. LA is only going to get
better. They'll sign another decent PG with their MLE to split time with Fisher,
Bynum will be back and they should win at least 60 games next season. Jazz have too many one-dimensional players: Boozer/Memo - great shooters
(usually) but no ability to post-up or drive inside (like Odom). And lousy
defenders. AK: limited offensive skills, great help-defender, average one-on-one
defender. Brewer: good slasher, decent defender, limited from the outside.IMO, Deron is the only "untouchable" on the roster. Jazz will never
trade Memo or Boozer, so in terms of the starters, Utah has to get better from
the 2 and 3. Korver and Millsap are great off the bench. Price is fine for 10
mins. Backup center is a huge problem (unless Fes develops).
There is going to come a time for the Utah Jazz that they will have to decide
upon which power forward to build their future. They will not be able to keep
both Millsap and Boozer. Millsap has a strong work ethic (like Malone) and will
continue to work hard and improve until he is one of the best in the league.
Boozer stands in his way as a starter, but Boozer is already a max player. The
decision will need to be made.LHM, what ya gonna do?
Boozer choked, plain and simple. He played the entire post season terribly.
All he can do now, is come back stronger and, hopefully, learn to play defense.
Defense is one thing that Boozer must work on if he ever wants to be even close
to the same caliber player that Malone was. Believe me, Boozer will never be a
Karl Malone, never. However, he can still be great some day. He needs to
REALLY work on defense, get tougher in the post, way tougher, and remember that
team wins matter more than personal numbers! I think that at times this season,
he was worried more about getting his game double double, than winning. A
player can have a double double ever game of his career, but if that same player
can't help his team win with playing defense, then what is the use. Hopefully,
the Jazz staff can get Malone to come in and help Booze on defense, I know he
would. Malone can teach Boozer to go up with authority and make teams and
officials respect him, because they sure didn't this season or post season.
Only thing is, will Booze take the help?
@ carey in indianaI 100% agree with 1) and 3) but as far as 2) goes
I think Price is an excellent backup point guard, I thought he played better as
the season went on and played some of his best ball in the playoffs. It's tough
to play really well for only 8-10 minutes a game. Besides, how is there not
going to be a drop in production when DWill, one of the best point guards in the
league, leaves the game. @ Sloan HaterThe Jazz
repeatedly tried to get Boozer the ball in the block, so I'm not sure what team
you were watching. The problem was that Boozer was not adjusting to double
teams and he wasn't being strong with the ball. I mean how many times did he
get the ball poked away from him when he had the ball in the post? He averaged
3 turnovers a game in the playoffs, and he was also blocked ALOT. @
RE;Sloan HaterAgain, it looked to me like the Jazz tried hard to get
Korver his midrange jumper. There are only so many shots to go
around and Korver isn't exacly the first option.
You guys are nuts about Boozer. He is a thug and is too short to play in the
NBA. Look what happens to him when he is surrounded by taller players like
Gasol and Odum. He has to foul in order to avoid being schooled. He has to
push someone in the back to get a rebound. Boozer belongs on the shelf beside
the likes of OSTERTAG!!! He was a great JAZZ player just like BOOZER will be.
We need a BIG center like Stoudermire( Phoenix Suns)
To Mr. Wallyword, it is you and some of your fellow jazz fans that are the
crybabies. Also, your jazz team are the physical thugs. You must be on drugs
Geez, it's entertainment, nothing more nothing less. Have a nice summer, hope
to see you next year in Coach Sloan's gym class. Geez!!
Can anyone say defensive stops or take it strong to the basket. That is why
Boozer has lost his game. He is not doing any of the above. If he does not play
with defensive or offensive intensity, which is most every game, he gets
dominated. Boozer, compare the one game in the series where you did well and
compare it with all the other games. How many times did you take it strongly to
the rim? How many defensive stops did you have? It should be obvious. If you
play with very little defensive or offensive intensity and effort and your
opponent does, who do you think is going to have a good game??
Look around the league at the teams that are still playing. They all have long
athletic centers or power forwards (Rasheed and Duncan) who are capable of
blocking shots and finishing above the rim. Boozer has and always has had
trouble playing against height ( the good ones anyway). Can he get good enough
to win a championship regardless of the competition? I hope so, but I doubt it.
Well, Boozer said it now lets see if he does it. Early in his Jazz career, he
put his mind to it when all the analysts said "he can never be a 20 & 10 guy".
He proved them wrong.Boozer plays poor defense for sure. He talks
likehe has taken the playoff lesson this year personally and I hope he did. I
guess we will see next year whether he comes back better or not.AK
and Brewer better practice their open jumpshots. They were both huge
liabilites, in that respect, and were a major factor in Boozers failure. He was
double and triple teamed repeatedly, and what was the consequence? AK and
Brewer clanking open jumpers while their men stood in the paint around Boozer
and waited for the inevitable rebound. Nice.Our shooting guard has
to be able to shoot not just dunk.On the brightside, you have to say
we were very competitive with LA. Every game was close, unlike other series
which have all had multiple blowouts.I still think we are in the top
3 or 4 teams in the league--just unfortunate we probably met the best team early
in the second round.
All of you who are taking the positive outlook on Boozer and think he will get
better and learn from this, work hard over the summer and come back with a chip
on his shoulder ala Karl Malone or any of the players who have a little mean
streak and take losing personal remember, this guy spent his college years being
coached by Coach K and has now spent the last few years of his pro career being
coached by Sloan. If spending about 8 years under those two hasn't taught him
how to play good D and show some heart and fire then nothing ever will.The guy is a numbers guy only, and thats all he really cares about. The Jazz
will never win a championship with him as their go to guy in the offensive sets.
Unless DWill continues on his upward trend and carries the team to a
championship that is.
I am from L.A. and I like the Jazz because of their teamwork. I like their
style, hard work, and discipline as an organization, However, we will need to
improve on defense one way or another and d-will have to be the type of guy who
can take over a game when necessary which he is very close to doing on a
consistent basis. But if either of these things are not accomplished we will
never win a championship.