Utah Jazz: Okur looks unlikely for Game 2


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  • Miles
    April 21, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Fes and Koufus should not leave the bench tonight.

    April 21, 2009 1:32 a.m.


  • Elcapitan
    April 21, 2009 12:36 a.m.

    anon. is making sense. I called for this too. Everyone knows the Jazz will stuggle in round 1 so let KK and Fes play. I would love to see what they could produce since it is still practice time for the Jazz. At lease it would be an intertesting watch for the fans. Have a little faith Jerry, in these aspiring youth and give them a thrill to play in the playoffs...and make it some major time with D Will and the rest who really want to pull off a win. (Boozer is making a fool out of you Jerry. He gets his own way. He is trying to market himself for the next season...anywhere but Utah if he can get the money. Money and fame is what he seeks. He is not a Jazzman according to the fans. Fans should rule!!!!!!!!Bring on the big kids and give the crowd something to watch. We want to be entertained and watching Boozer run hot and cold is not entertaining or fun.

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Activate Koufus and Fesenko. They can't do any worse than Collins.
    At least that is 12 hard fouls on Baby Bynum and Whiny Gasol.

  • Brevin Knight.
    April 20, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Brevin Knight is terrible. Play Ronnie Price please!!

  • jazz
    April 20, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    Jaron collins Has inproved a ton. I dont think that Kufos deserves to play yet. He is good but not that good. I just hope Okur can get better. A the jazz need to start shooting better and playing the same amount of defence in the first half that they play in the second half becuase if they did they could win. But still half the time we dont play D.

    April 20, 2009 9:45 p.m.


  • Kufos
    April 20, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Just get rid of Collins and bring up Kufos if Meno cant play

  • Rich
    April 20, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    Reading these posts surely makes me glad we have Sloan and Johnson, Layden and O'Connor running the Jazz rather than some of these readers who seem to have no clue about any facts whatsoever. Mr. Anonymous, Okur plays great defense on big centers such as Shaq or Ming. Like virtually everybody else his size, he has trouble with the quicker, smaller centers. He not only shoots the three ball better than anybody on the Jazz team, but he also rebounds well, and he often drives to the basket and gets easy shots. The chief reasons he was brought to the Jazz were his inside game, his post moves and his rebounding and his ability to hit a 15 to 20-foot shot. Nobody realized he would be shooting the three pointers as well as he does. He's also much better at help defense than our esteemed power forward, who wouldn't make any team if he weren't such a force on offense. Still, the Lakers are much better than the Jazz due to their size and length as well as overall skill level. If Gasol had gone to the Jazz, Utah would make the finals.

  • Get Real
    April 20, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    You people who are dissin' Memo have no idea what a hamstring injury is like. You go too soon on an injury like that and it makes it worse, much worse.

  • Zero
    April 20, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    It's funny how even while Memo is playing in a game, running up and down the court, he's "unlikely."

  • Re: .....
    April 20, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    Thanks for the reality check. We just need to accept that Malone and Stockton were simply ironmen. We were pretty spoiled with their longevity and playing through injuries. Fact of the matter is, injuries are a part of sports. Some athletes sit out for silly injuries, and most of the time they have legitimate ones. I don't think this is a case of milking an injury, so give Okur a break.

  • concerned fan
    April 20, 2009 6:48 p.m.

    just too bad for the Jazz, they are not playing well lately then adding Okur not playing only makes things worse for the Jazz, we need his outside shooting to open up Boozer, Millsap and Brewer doing their stuff inside the paint.. without Okur, Korver must have a good shooting night for the Jazz to have a chance..and our defense are terrible again in game 1, or maybe the Lakers are just shooting very well, they have open looks and uncostested shots, that is our major problem, I think we are more afraid of Bynum, Kobe and Gasol taking over the game, so we just let the other guys shoot, I can't blame the Jazz on that.. the bottomline is Lakers are too much talented, I think we have to be more physical and our outside shooting must be in sink, and lastly our turnovers hurts us again in Game 1, Knight I think made two consecutive careless turnovers, those turnovers by Knight are terrible, it makes me sick actually just looking at it..how about defending Kobe, we had a descent job actually by double teaming him, the problem is our rotation in very slow

  • RE: I don't understand
    April 20, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    How many championships did John and Karl win?


    I gues splayng with broken hands and such didn't work either.

    It's not really about playing through injuries.

    How many nagging injuries did any of the championship teams, in last three decades, play through?

  • DasRipper
    April 20, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Memo, all we need you to do is keep Bynum out of the paint...just suit up and drain 3's...I'm sure your D will be the same as it ever was

  • .....
    April 20, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    Lets stop dwelling on the past people. Yes. Stockton and Malone was great! But that was years ago! Lets focus on the present here and hope that Okur will just get better to be able to play soon!

  • RE: What I think....
    April 20, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    You had better think again as there is no way that the Jazz are better than the Lakers.

    Lakers have had their share of injuries too. They went all the way to the finals last year without Bynum and most of the year without Ariza who did pretty well against the Jazz the other night.

    Go Lakers!

  • magnus
    April 20, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    hamstring injuries are tough, you really can't go unless you are close to 100%, and if you do it is almost certain that you will just hurt it worse than before. The Jazz need Memo, I hope he is back soon.

  • spanish
    April 20, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    I'm spanish and beacuse of that I want LA to win, but I think Gasol and Bynum will be in serious defensive trouble when Okur comes back, then can't defend a big man who shoots from long-range, and for sure the Jazz won't have the same %s than game 1, they will improve, so I think Utah has a lot of options to reach conf. semifinals

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    Besides shooting the three what else does okur bring? Defence? NO! Inside game? NO! Leadership? NO! let's get back Raja Bell.

  • What I think.........
    April 20, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    Jazz I think is way better than lakers and I think Memo Okur is one of the players that we need on the Jazz team right now. Memo is one who can knock down the three pointers and make the L.A. Lakers spread their defense. Although Memo is not likely to go to game two in the first round of the playoffs, I still believe that Jazz could do it without him (even though it is probably easier for the Jazz to do it with him). All Jazz I think needs to do is get Korver or Williams or whoever on the Jazz team to get hot on the three pointers. Then, that will spread the Lakers defense so we can go inside and make the sure shots.

    P.S. I also think that Matt Harping should be in the starting lineup because he knows how to be physical with the Lakers.

  • Just Bad
    April 20, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    what all of you need to understand is that UT is just a bad team.

  • Also Unlikely
    April 20, 2009 3:40 p.m.

    Also unlikely.... A Jazz win.

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    Players get injured. Garnett had the same injury that Boozer had. It no like Garnett is coming back anytime soon. No one questions his injury.

    Sorry, you can't knock Memo heart. He gotten in in the best shape of his career. He is limited physically, but it is not his effort or heart. Boozer and Millsap are also limited. It is not like they can drink a magic potion and grow 4 inches to be the same size as Gasol or Bynum.

  • re Trade Dwill
    April 20, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    never ever post again, you have no idea what you are talking about. you sound insanely stupid with a comment like that. hey lakers trade kobe bryant for ronnie brewer. hey cavs trade lebron for jr smith. wow, get a clue guy. do us jazz fans a favor and stop cheering for our team. memo is the man, GO JAZZ!!!!!!

  • jkr
    April 20, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    i agree with 'the pride' if he was able to go he would...boozers a bum...

    everyone gets on okurs case...he's the only guy other than korver that at least can hit an outside shot..

    they better figure it out in the off season...millsap is not a starting power forward...so if he is boozer's replacement they are never going to be a title contender...i like him but he is a 6th man..great rebounder but not enough offensive ability to command a double..

    i can't believe knight is allowed to even dress..WOW !!!!!
    go with price

    April 20, 2009 3:20 p.m.


  • Chadders
    April 20, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    the pride is right. Memo has a heart and plays like it. Granted he has his own limits, but if we let him go and keep Boozer KOC should hang it up. Memo was trying to work out a contract extension. PF's are a dime a dozen a center that has a ring. Not too many can say that. Millsap + any decent backup>Boozer at 39 minutes. Memo is the man and we really, really need him back.

  • Jerrrrry Collins????
    April 20, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    You might as well go sign Thurl Bailey to come play or Mark Eaton...but please, no Collins or Knight

  • rvalens2
    April 20, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Re: GRJ

    Karl Malone and John Stockton come from a different era. Even during their time in the NBA, players like them were not all that common. Karl and John were tough, resilient, hard-as-nails players who worked hard at keeping themselves in incredible physical condition.

    Malone's off season physical regimen brought him into fall camp in the kind of condition today's players would marvel at. That's why he had so few injuries during his career.

    Often deemed dirty players (because of their physical play) Stockton and Malone always played tough in-your-face defense. They learned early on that defense wins championships.

    They also understood that nagging minor injuries were a part of the game and that if they suited up they were expected to play.

    However, they weren't stupid. When confronted with a major injury, they got it fixed as soon as possible. They didn't lay around for a couple of months getting medical opinions.

    I only wish that Boozer would go back and study what Karl Malone did to become a Hall of Fame player and emulate him.

  • Stop whining, and play
    April 20, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    This is ridiculous.

  • the pride
    April 20, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    how more meaningless could you guys bacome? We are talking about the same guy who played the whole Lakers series with two major injures last year. We are talking about a player who played 50+ mins in Miami game despite being injured, and right after that game, despite not being able to play actually, tried to play against Dwight Howard. don't confuse Memo with Carla (pardon Carlos). Memo took all the extra minutes during the regular season when Carlos was faking his injures. Now, Boozer is clearly playing for contract and playing selfishly. Hopefully, eventually he contributes to game (if you think that the game is only consists of offense) somehow. What did you expect him? "I will play regardless what my condition is". He said he was going to play if he is able to RUN. Since tuesday, Memo hasn't PRACTISED with team. Don't fill this blanks without thinking. He never says "Yeah, I feel better, hopefulluy next week". Next week "next week". Haha.

  • Fast forward. . .
    April 20, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    . . . to the offseason -- the Jazz players already have.

  • I want my mommy. . .
    April 20, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    . . . I can't play unless I'm 100$, oops I meant %.

  • I don't understand
    April 20, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    How is it that John Stockton and Karl Malone managed to go for such a long time in their careers without the kind of injuries to keep them out of the game that so many Jazz players now seem to have? Is it conditioning? Or did past players push themselves to perform when today's players would whine about being 60%?

  • GRJ
    April 20, 2009 1:29 p.m.

    I know one thing, if Karl Malone or Stockton had this same injury they would be PLAYING!