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  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    Have you guys considered that the Jazz just played a superrior team in the Lakers. The Utah Jazz a respectable organization ran into a buzz saw in thee Los Angeles Lakers are the real deal. This team was designed and built to win Championships. Utah will never comprehend nor understand the mind of a champion. The Black Mamba has developed his game to the point perfection, no motion is wasted, the thought process is unmatched, and the resolve unreal. Therefore, take some consolation you mere mortals in Utah, you've just been punked.

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    It is the same problem that the Jazz have had since Stockton/Malone era ...

    The Jazz need a true power NBA CENTER - as do most b-ball teams. Okur is great at times but he really is not a heavy duty 5, more of a 4.

    I don't know if those 2 youngsters will be the answer - I have my doubts.

    Boozer or Milsap would be great to keep if we can get a true center.

  • Jazz_for_ever
    April 29, 2009 7:49 a.m.

    Hey Jazz fans!
    Let's make some things clear. Being frustrated is understandable but whining about almost everything is another thing. Let's face it. The Lakers' roster (especially their bench) is infinitely better than ours. I still liked our effort though! They simply kicked our butts with their size and limitless solutions...not because we lacked the energy level as many people claim! At times, yes, we looked confused and kinda frustrated because they were making shot after shot and we were not hitting any! Our individual talent (compared to the Lakers')is what let us down and not our overall effort and hustle!

    Jazz for Ever!

  • Draft
    April 29, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    If you look at the first round draft picks over the last 10 years the Jazz only got 2 players. DWill who they moved up for and Brewer at 14. The rest were duds. Koufos is the 3rd best selection in 10 years.

    KOC/Sloan/Jazz management are not good at first round choices and then do not develop the talent they do get. This is a major problem.

    Look how POR and OK are developing their young talent.

    Utah has major problems and they are in the front office/coaching/management. It is not just the players.

    This is a superstar/young player league. The Sloan/Utah approach is out dated. You have to have 3 great players and enough cheap role players to win in this league. It starts with getting and developing young talent. Utah is dismal at this.

    The Sloan system demands veterans to run right and Utah overpays them (for the talent level) and then can't win as they do not have enough talent or energy to compete.

    Stop blaming the players. It is the management that does not know one end of a stat from another and flies by their whims.

  • Enter Name
    April 28, 2009 11:53 p.m.

    Keep Williams and rework the rest of the team

  • Thoughts2
    April 28, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    PG is the most important position for the Jazz. The right replacement for Fisher is the top priority.

    A tall athletic PF is the second priority, especially if Boozer leaves.

    Koufos/Fez should be able to replace Collins. Koufos is not a PF (at least yet). Okur would do better with more rest during the season.

    The Jazz are stuck with AK. Sometimes he plays well.

    The Jazz really do not have the answer at the 2/3 position. They have a lot of talented players who each have specific glaring weaknesses.

    The Jazz play hard and also play defense when they want to turn it on. The rest of the time they just play up/down to the level of competition.

    Who controls that?

    This whole organization needs to quit labeling themselves as a "small market team". They use that as a marketing excuse for not competing. The Salt Lake market is comparable with NO, DEN, POR, PHO, SA, just to name a few. All were better than the Jazz.

    If the NBA were totally rigged Utah would have never played CHI.

    This organization needs to join the new century with real technology, management,coaching and players.

  • Thoughts
    April 28, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Sloan is a very good coach but is he the best coach the Jazz could have at this point?

    Boozer is not likely to get much interest as a free agent. Only Det has cap space/money and they may not want him. A sign and trade may be possible IF the Jazz do not pay overpay him.

    Okur tries hard but he does not match up well with 1/2 of the NBA centers. He is valuable as a 3 point shooter and rebounder.

    Boozer and Millsap are both to short.

    Barkley claims the Jazz lose (especially on the road) due to pace. They play much faster and better at home. The play slow and deliberate on the road. Who controls pace?

    What good is Sloan's system if it takes 3 years to learn and can't run without the right players (playing hard and well each play)?

    Who is going to get the Jazz to play defense? They can't defend strong tall athletic inside teams (LA, POR), Inside out teams (SA, HOU) and fun and gun teams (GS, PHO, NY).

    Who fixes the Jeckle/Hyde act?

  • PA fan
    April 28, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    Sloan kind of doomed the team to failure when he said their chances to win were bleak. It's hard to win when the coach doesn't even believe in his team.

  • Sloan on camera
    April 28, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    seemed to be a beaten old man, but in the day he was the man! I think the Miller's have start at the top O'conner! It was a shame to watch our team drive to the basket and get knock down while the Lakers drive,score standing on there own two feet. Korver I just don't get it (maybe sloan just don't let him do his thing).Boozer keep ,get an aggressive center on defense end and on offense,get out of the old stockton,malon mind set its old school and uneffective in todays game.

  • Fan Mail
    April 28, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    Okay enough of blowing up the Jazz....We have a really good nucleus....no need to be so drastic. Many of the Jazz players bring it every game! They play hard, but sometimes it just isn't there. Our main problem has to be Boozer, cause when he was injured the team pulled together and played like crazy. Something was lost when Boozer came back! Make Boozer happy...on another team that is. Hopefully the Jazz can get a "Good" big man! We have Williams, Brewer, Millsap, and Korver that play well together. Price is a good back up PG! Keep Harpring for his last year...he can teach the team toughness!

    Let's keep AK if he'll take a pay cut! He gets way too much money!

    We don't need a whole new roster! Please keep our main nucleus together!

  • Fire O'Conner
    April 28, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    Then fire Sloan. What a mess. We're going backwards Jazz Fans. It will be worse next year. Sloan wants to come back. O'Conner still thinks we have all the peices to the puzzle. OMG. What a mess. What a waste of D Will. Just like with Stockton. The organization was to tight to surround Stockton and Malone with some talent. It's over, no desire to win a championship here. Why do we fans care so much? The Sloan, O'Conner mind set is they don't care about progressing, they just want everything to stay the same. Collect their fat paychecks and be happy with mediocrity. They fear high expectations, they like their comfort zone. How painfully sad.

  • Heatless
    April 28, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    I get tired of hearing how according to some fans, the Jazz "have no heart." Do you really believe they lost to the Lakers because they didnt want to win or they just weren't trying hard enough? The Lakers won because this year they are a better team than Utah. Utah could not handle their size and length and L.A's bench played better than ours. Utah doesn't need to blow up the roster or coaching staff to improve. They just need a better back up PG, a more consistent shooting SG, and a better defensive center.

  • Jazzsmack
    April 28, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    As long as sloans around:

    the jazz will get the kind of players he wants,

    draft the palyers he wants,

    get rid of the players he doesn't like or don't fit HIS system

    get the kind players that fit his system,

    he will contine his system,

    he will repeat the same antics, say the same things, deny any responsiblity for the players, bad game-time coaching, no real or meanful adjustments beyond tinkering with starting line up,

    Which all mean, the jazz will get the same results and same outcome as the last twenty one years.


    WE CAN ALL HOPE FOR CHANGE,



    but the reality is the jazz management will say the team is okay and heading in the right direction, that everythings is allright and that they just need some small adjustments,

    most of the team will come back intact,

    and this typical summers mid-late first round draft will not play much or contribute and spend most of the time with the flash not being developed by sloan,

    basically just rinse and repeat the last twenty-one years.


    Until slaons gone there will be NO REAL change.


  • Re: Re Moves
    April 28, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    I think he means that it is obvious Boozer wants out because of the comments he's made about opting out and the way he finally played well in the postseason (looks good on the resume).

    I agree, it is OBVIOUS that Boozer wants out. You don't need to know him personally to know that, you just need to read the newspaper.

  • SanDiego
    April 28, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    What was up with those Jazz signs in Utah that read "Get Nasty?" When I saw those signs I thought the game was Sanpete HS vs. Green River HS. Surely Utah fans can come up with something better than that? Utah can learn a lot from real fans in SoCal!!! Go LAKERS...

  • MUtah
    April 28, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    What a hard season for the Jazz. Illness, Deaths (Larry, Sloans brother, uncle/aunts of players etc) , countless injuries (even to the Bear and 2 cheerleaders having surgery), divorce and opt outs - too many distractions.
    I want Boozer to stay - if he plays like he did in Game 3 - thats the Boozer I love. Everyone is bothered by the opt out - it's a business folks! This is his JOB! How many of you, in the same situation would NOT do the same thing? Easy to say from the outside... I think he could have handled it better, but still - it's not that big of a deal.
    Sloan has been great, and unlike most other coaches - his players love and respect him...I hope he is around at least one more year.
    Anyway, regardless of win or lose - still a big Jazz fan! I'm not jumping on anyone elses bandwagon!

  • go away jerry
    April 28, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    jerry has taken enough of LHM's hard earned money. Please go away and leave the franchise be; you have done enough damage, please go away jerry.

  • Sloan should go
    April 28, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Its time for Jerry to do the right thing, the honest and honorable thing and just walk away. He has has a stranglehold on this franchise for 20 seasons too many.

    i wish jerry would just to the best thing for everyone involved and leave.

  • SLOAN MUST GO!!!!
    April 28, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Sloan is not simply being framed for the elimination, it has been the accumulation of losses over losses irregardless of the roster composition.
    Besides, to those Sloan worshipers,do you expect your man to continue to coach up until he's in a wheelchair?
    Are you denying the fact that change must occur with this franchise? Who is the constant in this franchise for the past 20 or so years? So who is the face of the Utah Jazz?
    Remove Sloan and things will change.
    Geez!! 20 years of failures is not enough for you?

  • Texas Laker
    April 28, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    I'm a Laker fan (since 1963) and I have to tell you that I am impressed how the Jazz never gave up. You have a bunch of real scrapers (see Kobe's face after game 5). But, after reading Jazz fan's remarks of, "the sky is falling," most of you should ashamed at what you are saying about your team. Price was great last night, but how would he perform during a full season? Boozer was playing hurt, yet he seemed to give it all. So Be careful what you wish for. BTW, Lamar Odom, will take less to play in LA. You're going to have to find players that want to live in SLC.

  • LTV
    April 28, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    Promote Sloan to President
    Make Thurl Bailey coach
    Bring Greg Ostertag out of retirement
    Sound good to you? Sounds just about as crazy as everything else I've been reading here. Injuries were your biggest enemies this year and that's part of the game. Quit crying and live with it jazz fans!

    GO LAKERS!!

  • Okur
    April 28, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    on a bad hamstring, still frustrated Pau Gasol over the past two games, more than any other Jazz player. One of the few positives to come out of the series. Maybe he learned to play some man-up D finally. I love his offense and ability to spread the floor, but really, REALLY want to see more defense out of him. We don't need him to be All-NBA defensive, just adequate and able to step in and take a charge occasionally.

  • The Jazz!
    April 28, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    I have really enjoyed the Jazz over the years. I ask myself, What is the difference. The answer I think is "heart and toughness." Jerry is Hall of Fame Coach. I think he is also an honest man. If He wants to come back, I think he can still coach. For some reason this team, in most cases, doesn't seem to have the weart. The exceptions in my opinion are Williams, Millsap, Harpring, Miles, Price. Sometimes Kirelenko, Korver, Okur, Collins, Boozer show some guts. It seems to me that being injured has become to accepted on this team. I know there are some injuries that have to be attended to, and we have had too many of those this year. I wish somehow we could bring back Stocktons and Malones toughness.
    My opinion is that Boozers contribution does not match up with his salary. I could see as many as six to seven players we could trade and do without. It seems that the chemistry was not good and I attribute that to the number of players not playing on a regular basis and some of the players not wanting it bad enough.

  • akboy
    April 28, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    It would have been fun to see what would have happened if the fouls that Sloan was looking for had gotten called, rather than a T on him and a foul for the Lakers on the fast break. Probably would not have made any difference and the Lakers would have won the series in any case, but I dislike watching NBA ball because of calls like that which change a game as it unfolds. What was that ref's name, Dougherty?

  • You guys are idiots
    April 28, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    Anyone who thinks Millsap needs to be in the starting line up over Boozer is just plain blind. The X-Factor for the Lakers every game was Odom. He had so many put backs on offensive rebounds and who was guarding him when he was so deadly? Millsap. I love Millsap but he is just too small to be playing against Odom and couldn't box him out at all. i agree Boozer needs to get better on defense but he did play pretty well the whole series and even on the defensive end he played better than Millsap. I would love to see the Jazz keep Booz and get rid of Okur and get a center who can play down low cause Okur sure can't. I like him but he needs to go. The whole team needs to suck it up and take a pay cut so they can get Amar'e from Phx and then develop Koufus. Big men of Amar'e, Booz, Millsap, AK and Koufus would be a killer combination. It won't happen and Amar'e doesn't want to play the 5 but that would be a great lineup

  • LTV
    April 28, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    Jazz fan FUNNY said:


    What's funny is the Lakers showed last night why they won't win the championship again this year. If you can't even close the deal without a scare against the #8 seed's 2nd string what are you going to do when you go up against a team that's actually good? - that actually plays defense? - that actually has a coach whos not steeped in 1980s mentality?

    Exactly, they won't. I just became a Houston Rockets fan!
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Er, I believe we did close you out last night...
    We've faced the best and beaten them soundly....
    Coache's coach, they can't play the game...sounds like sour grapes to me!
    Keep jumping from one bandwagon to another if that's what makes you happy...you must have never been a jazz fan to begin with and I'm sure they won't miss you.

    GO LAKERS!!

  • Ben in WA
    April 28, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Hey I wonder if the Jazz can get a Shaq in the off season? Think of the possibilities the Jazz would have if they played Okur,Shaq,AK,Brewer,Willams?

  • true red jazz man
    April 28, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    whatz up with you people in Utar you have one bad series and it time to blow the whole thing up. cmon jazz faithful where is the team fanzz I grew up with?

  • Zen
    April 28, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    When everything falled, don't blame on the Coach. Lakers are the better team.
    Don't feel bad Utah fans, imagined we have met Denver and go all the way to WCF with Lakers, would be a different scenario. Well, better efforts next year.

  • Soupe from MD
    April 28, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    In the first quarter, Jazz was playing great. AK was guarding Kobe. Jazz was leading. Kobe used his expertise to get a phantom call on AK and stared down AK. Nobody stared back and bump Kobe. So who is the team captain??? And Sloan was quiet as well. He changed the match-up (just like Kobe wanted), AK on Ariza. The game was tied at the end of the 1st quarter. ggrrrrrrrrrr Sloan.
    Second Quarter, Knight and Miles were useless. Sloan didnt realize that there was a problem until we were down by 10 points. grrrrrrr Sloan.
    Last quarter, second until led by Price caught up. Sloan, instead of subbing AK for KK, which made perfect sense, took a timeout, ending the team's momentum. grrrrr Sloan.
    Two techs in the end of the game? The Jazz needs to give Sloan two technicals and get another coach.
    George W. Bush said it best... "fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me... you can't get fooled again".

  • Lakers
    April 28, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    I think they should just dissolve the Utah Jazz franchise, because they are horrible. Kobe owns the Jazz. Lakers are the best team in the NBA and they will win another championship this year. Good night ya'll.

  • magnus
    April 28, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    oh man, you guys give such great material, I've got a real doozy of a rant locked and loaded but I just don't have the time right now....

    Here's a preview... Price is not better than Knight, he may have been better than everyone last night, but everybody has their time to shine.

  • Duh
    April 28, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    I thought I would never say it but I agree with those who think we need a coaching change. Utah needs an entire new look instead of just the same old stuff. I hope Boozer leaves, he is just too inconsistent but I truly think we will get a lot worse before we get better. And yes, the better team won. Anyone who thought we were going to beat the Lakers just had their head in the sand.

  • Off Season
    April 28, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    Take a break and come enjoy a Real soccer game. I was so frusterated with the Jazz I went to the last Real game and didn't even bother to DVR the Jazz Game. I had an incredible time at the Real Game. 6 Goals in one half. From a basketball fan to another, give Real a try this off season, you may like it.

  • Next Year
    April 28, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    We will have (HOFer) Jerry sloan back for another great year along with a raise and more years on his contract.

    We will give all the players a raise and present them with larger diamond earrings.

    We will raise ticket prices again to pay for above because the Jazz fans are too dumb to mind.

    Keep this wonderful team together and see you next year!!

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 3:28 p.m.

    I think the Jazz did better than could be expected considering some of their highest paid, "best" players were out for much/most of the season. Revamp, regroup, renew. enjoy the summer.

  • Sokol
    April 28, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    Some of the issues this year had to do with the players. I think Williams and Boozer choked in the
    last game...Okur is slow, soft, and heartless. I do not think you will find any Euro's with heart.
    Kirlenko is an emotional mess.
    But I believe the major mistakes of this season have to be placed at the door of SLOAN AND O'CONNOR. Why no attempts at bringing in interior defense by O'Connor?
    I agree that this mindless, robotic, clock substitutions by Sloan hurts us everytime...There
    was rarerly any creativity or diversity in the defense..The coaches sattheir like slugs, not talking to the team or calling appropriate time outs.
    Price should have been starting or playing more.
    Remember the two guys with heart Price and Harpring were benched many times by the Sloanmeister...
    I thought his use of Knight and the second team in the beginning of the second quarter was possibly the
    dumbest coaching decision I have seen this 'has been' coach make.
    I am afraid that the fans, the league, and the team would be better off with Sloan's departure.

  • Dick of the NW
    April 28, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    How many of you second guessers went to more than ten games? If not, then shut your traps. We have one of the greatest coasches in Jerry Sloan. Look what happened to the Hornets. How do you explain that? True Jazz Fans will support them going forward. Changes will come. Lets hope it improves the team. Putting a team together is an art and not a science plus financial considerations. Look how the Jazz have been consistent. If you think the Jazz are so bad, try supporting the Clippers and think how much fun that would bring. It is frustrating to be a fan but that comes with being a fan. Only ONE TEAM will win at the end. Be thankful we have the Jazz and lets support forward to next year and remember it is not life and death....but a game that can be fun to be involved if you let it and want it to be fun knowing it comes with frustration. GO JAZZ FAMILY. Hey second guessers, let us know when you become perfect as a person.

  • status quo
    April 28, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    I guarantee, next season will be a carbon copy of this season for the following reasons.

    Jazz draft mediocre "big" as BOOZ insurange - he'll be sent straight to d-league.

    Kevin will be too timid to make any major deals

    G Miller will be too afraid to fire the coach his dad hired

    BOOZ will injure his ham-string in the preseason and miss the first three months

    AK will play most of the season off the bench and thus "not play with any focus, purpose, or energy."

    DWILL will continue to impress, put up large numbers to try and carry this carcass of a team.

    CJ will continue to shoot airballs

    Brevin knight will check into the first quarter (with 2:23 left to play) using a "walker"

    Ronny Price will play sparingly and try to dunk every time he touches the ball

    Memo's hair and shooting range will get longer

    Jazz will lose 8 of their last 10 games of the season and thus lose in the first round of the 2010 playoffs to the LAKERS.

    SO SAD - I hope this does not come to fruition!

  • DALLAS!!! Seriously???
    April 28, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    "Meanwhile... Denver, Portland, Clippers, Dallas, and everyone else the Jazz compete with is improving their roster with bold trades, well researched draft picks, and making the draft selection work for them."

    You know you are a savy sports fan when you criticize Jazz management and challenge them to be more like the Clippers! Can you seriously say that the CLippers have been the ideal for "Bold Trades, well research draft picks, and making the draft selection work for them"?

    The Clippers have about the WORST franchise in the NBA and are notorious for making horrible trades, terrible draft picks, and not making anything work. The Clippers have not been to the playoffs in what??? A decade? Two? Some Jazz fans that just don't get it--the Jazz have no business being as successful as they are! They should be more like the Bucks or the Nuggets. Instead the Jazz have missed the playoffs twice in my lifetime!!! Get over it Jazz fans and appreciate what you have!

  • Searce
    April 28, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    AK is over the hill. Maybe he is too concerned about his upcoming birthday each year!

  • It Happened Yet Again
    April 28, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    As a Jazz fan for the past 20 years, I had that same numb, empty feeling at the end of the game last night. You know, the same feeling all Jazz fans feel every year after getting beat Yet Again in the playoffs. Ughhh.

    Millsap Got Nasty though in the 4th. That was Sweet!

  • Ice
    April 28, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    While I agree that Boozer has got to go, how is an undersized PF gonna get us an NBA Championship? Millsap cannot be one of the main pieces. While he is a rebounding machine and hustles on every play, his skill set is limited. He can't consistently hit a 15 footer. He gets swatted inside cause he's too short. We saw the Lakers destroy him underneath. As much as he hustles on defense, he is too short to guard bigger power forwards. Bottom line, keep Millsap (if possible) as a supporting player, but he is TOO SHORT to be the focus.

  • Sloan needs to go!
    April 28, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    Yes, Sloan is a good coach and we owe alot to him. But, help me understand his coaching lately. When Sloan inserts Knight the Jazz lose the lead or get way behind and have to play catch up. We have been saying all season, "put in Price before Knight". It is this great mystery as to why Sloan plays Knight before Price. So Sloan puts in Price last night and he singlehandidly gets us to within 6 points with 3 and a half minutes still in the game. So what does Sloan do? Sloan kills our momentum with a timeout. That was the end of the comeback. The game has passed him by. Time for Sloan to step up and make one last coaching move. It is time for Sloan to take himself out of the game. Please retire and let's take our chances with another coach. No ring with Sloan with plenty of talent for 20 years. Let's try for a ring with another coach (please not Phil Johnson).

  • Rich
    April 28, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    The Jazz will never be contenders until they become aggressive defensively. If I were O'Connor, I would get rid of every single player who is soft defensively. I want a team that will meet the opponent at half court, maybe sooner, and harass and double-team and bother them, body them up and make life miserable for them. Guys like Price, AK, Milsap, Korver, Brewer and Harping are welcome anytime, but I would replace Korver with somebody who can create his own shot if we can find such a person. Koufos and Fesenko have showed promise. Okur should stay because he plays the big centers tough. As good as Williams is, he lacks defensive toughness. Boozer is the worst team defender I've seen in Jazz memory, outside a few losers who didn't last a year. Get any power forward who can score 10 to 12 points a game, get eight rebounds and play tough D, and the Jazz would win at least five more games. As for the Lakers, the Jazz would not have beat this bunch at any time in their history. This team has too many offensive weapons.

  • Dixie Dan
    April 28, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    The Jazz are a small market team. Ergo, not too many big name free agents want to come here. Sloan has done a great job with limited skill players. The Jazz will have to look overseas to get some good big time players as did the Spurs. With not being in the lottery, it is tough to build a team through the draft. Case in point: Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Jerry, Larry, & Greg
    April 28, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    the way sloan bags on his team in post-game interviews is pathetic to watch. okay, so he vaguely took some credit for not playing price this season. but too little too late. Jerry has brought fan anger upon himself, with his obvious stubborn, negative, inflexible style and defiant refusal to "motivate" players. It's been 20 years, now's the time for Jerry to walk off stage graciously.

    Larry publicly stated that it's Greg's team now and he wouldn't interfere. If so, where is Greg now? Here's hoping Greg will do a clean sweep on the Jazz organization, not just new faces same system. It would be great to see him bring him some fresh blood (in every area) - stat! He could also bring in the latest, high-tech training and technology a la Lance Armstrong. That could really bring some talented players, like Andre, up to 100% of their potential - without invoking the luxury tax.

    Larry "left it all out on the floor" and expected players to do the same. It's time for Greg to take the floor this off-season, livestrong and make every second count. Jazz fans are ready & waiting!!!
    -clover

  • Knight and Boozer
    April 28, 2009 1:57 p.m.

    Knight has no offensive game and passes the ball to players that are not in position to score. Example: He passed the ball to Milsap where he had no chance to score. The result, the ball was blocked by the taller LA players. It is not difficult to dribble the length of the floor and then just pass the ball with no chance of your teamate getting a good shot. Play Price, lose Knight.

    Boozer needs to fing greener pastures and we need someone who can play low post offensively and also play great help defense. Boozer is not that man.

  • @Funny
    April 28, 2009 1:54 p.m.

    The better team won, period. I don't see much to get excited about with that way too late comeback.They lost by double digits, and were lucky they didn't get swept by the lakers

  • AH:
    April 28, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    One other thing - if the NBA is rigged, you will see the Lakers VS. Cavs in the finals...just watch the commercials, they're already hyping those two teams up MORE than any other team!

    Just like last year, in the first round of the playoffs, there were multiple commercials of Lakers Vs. Celtics...

    The year before - with Parker marrying Eva Longoria, suddenly they were in the finals - I may be stretching this one, but my point is, if it is rigged, whether it be by the NBA commissioners or officials not regulating an 'impartial' game, then that means that the Utah Jazz never even stood a chance no matter how GOOD they really are.

  • Give me sloanaholics. . .
    April 28, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    . . . or give me death.

  • AH:
    April 28, 2009 1:39 p.m.

    I respect Jerry Sloan as a person, but I sometimes have a hard time understanding his coaching methods. It seems like whenever he gets upset with a player, he won't play them -- costing the entire team the game, and punishing the frustrated fans for their loss. He also makes 'his rounds' of players, even when the 5 playing are working well offensively and defensively.

    Sloan has definitely turned boys into men but he lacks the creativity and determination as their coach. Since he admitted his mistake, I think/hope we'll be seeing a new side of Sloan - a winning side!

    We need a team with heart, determination and spirit. D Will cannot do it all himself, he's the only one that's been consistent and I fear him leaving when his contract is up if the Jazz remain the same.

    My top picks are:
    Williams
    AK
    Brewer
    Price
    Okur
    Milsap
    Korver

    Get rid of:
    Knight
    Collins
    Fes
    Almond
    Miles
    Boozer

    Fence:
    Harpring
    Koufos

    We need players with passion & determination like what Price expressed on the court last night against Fisher & Kobe - he didn't care who they were - Jazz NEED that attitude!

  • ha ha ha
    April 28, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    Lose Cj, Brevin, Boozer, Collins, Fez, AK

  • Dusty Koks
    April 28, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    Get LeMar Odon! He is good! We need a man around that is not a woooss!

  • Sloan -- the greatest. . .
    April 28, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    . . . to never win a title. Stockton and Malone -- the greatest. . . to never win a title. Some things in life are just better than others -- like the moral victories instead of the titles.

  • Johnny Jazz
    April 28, 2009 1:09 p.m.

    SLOAN NEEDS TO RETIRE! PERIOD.
    He has a responsibility as a Coach to treat the players, team and franchise respectfully....enough is enough! Time has changed, so has the game.
    We need to refresh this team and its purpose.

  • Like I said...
    April 28, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    Ronnie Price proved his worth once again, yet Sloan never plays Price over Knight. I am glad Sloan realized that last night, but it was too late. Another note, was it just me that noticed Williams Defense on Kobe? Almost everytime Williams guarded Kobe, it turned into a steal, block, or something else good for the Jazz. Why didn't they play Williams on Kobe the entire series? Oh well, I will always support the Jazz. Next year will be a completely different team. See you later Boozer.

    As for the Lakers, they were by far the better team. Heck, if the Jazz could afford that expensive of a roster, they would dominate too.

  • Only in Utah
    April 28, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    I'm as frustrated as anyone, but fans should keep things in perspective. Saying that they lost because of Sloan is like saying Lakers win because of Phil Jackson. I'm pretty sure Phil Jackson would have been a second-rate coach had he not had Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal to play with. Notice how he waited until Lakers were good again to come back and coach. Players win it and players lose it. Having said that, Sloan seems to do more with less. Living outside of Utah I've realized that Jerry Sloan is very well-respected everywhere, but in Utah. My peers can't believe that many Utah fans want him gone.

  • swendleman
    April 28, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    The one common denominator in all of this is Jerry Sloan. He's had great talent through the years but continues to fall short of expectations. Change the coach-change the Jazz's success. Out with Sloan (and boozer) in with a championship.

  • MoTo
    April 28, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    This team is horrible. I've abandoned them and decided to become a Laker fan. At least they have fire, heart, and desire to win. This Jazz team is weak, slow, and gutless. Jazz management had better do something this summer instead of sitting on their hands, or there might be a lot of new fans that are switching like myself.

  • Fedor
    April 28, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    First off, I hope all player who sit on bench and watch second string make run against mighty Lakers are ashamed. The leaders of our Utah Jazz watched like cheerleaders as the likes of Ronnie Price led us back with actual heart. Boozer, I hope you were watching and taking notes, you could use a lesson in heart.
    Now Jazz fans, let's not be hasty. One game does not make the season for Ronnie Price. Yes, Brevin Knight, how you say......stinks? But this is one game for Ronnie Price, so let's not get too excited about all the supposed "mistakes" Jerry made. With all of our injuries, do you honestly think we make more wins if Ronnie plays over Brevin, no!! Do we beat mighty Lakers with Price as our backup? NO!! So all of you come off of your coaching platforms and realize that Jerry is great coach, who like many other coaches, doesn't make all the right calls all the time. At least he man enough to admit it. This season ruined in three loses....at Miami, and GS and MINN at home. everything different if we win those simple games.

  • Roller Mills
    April 28, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    Any effort to overhaul/improve this team, which does not include a new head coach, will fall woefully short. Jerry had a good young team 4 years ago. We knew that going to the WC finals 2 years ago was a bit of a fluke, but the team has done nothing but regress since.

    Yes there have been injuries, but Koufos, Fesenko and Price weren't hurt. Sloan thought the Jazz best chances were to play Knight and Collins when any other NBA coach, or junior Jazz coach, would have been playing Koufos or Fesenko instead of Collins and Price instead of Knight.

    Sloan cannot develop young talent and he is very poor at managing a game. He needs to be retired. He blew a golden opportunity with this great young team that can never be recaptured.

    Sloan is old school and hard-nosed, but he put one of the softest defensive teams in the NBA on the floor this year. He talks tough, but his team doesn't play tough. It's way past time to give the reins to someone else.

  • B_T_
    April 28, 2009 12:30 p.m.

    Good bye Jerry Sloan... your time has come and gone...u did the Jazz proud but time to turn over the team to a new, improved mind. Ur system is only good enough to win 2 games in a series vs Phil Jackson who is 4-0 vs u in playoff series now...u are to negative, ramble on during interviews making no sense, and make horrible coaching decisions. You bench Koufous and Fesenko, your other two 7 footers when ur facing Odom, Gasol, and Bynum???????? How did u think u were gonna play ANY D vs those three?? 2 years in a row now and u STILL dont get it!

    And see ya later Loozer... u are heartless and better leave this team to open up cap space, but of course u wont because nobody else will pay u more money

  • New starters
    April 28, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    New Starters:
    PG... Deron Williams
    SG... Ronnie Price
    SF...Kirilenko
    PF... Carlos Boozer
    C... Okur (unless fesenko or Koufos can compete)

    Role Players:
    Kyle Korver
    Ronnie Brewer
    Paul Millsap

  • Let's celebrate mediocrity
    April 28, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    HURRAHHH! We are so average but we act&think the jazz are the best in the world, no the universe. We don't lose we just beat ourselves every night. Yeah to reality YEAHHHH Just like BYU football fans!

  • Little Red
    April 28, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    D-Will, maybe its playing smarter, not harder that the Jazz need. Why don't NBA basketball players play like they love the game of basketball? I'd like to get paid the kind of money they do for something that I love! I sense that if these players don't want to make the sacrifices and play like they want to win an NBA championship, guess it won't work, will it? Why do you show up to play? Where is your commitment to the team and to the fans - to the game? You can trade and get the best players around (that money can buy) BUT if they don't want to make a personal commitment to play to win, guess it doesn't matter what the name on the back of the jersey is --- traded for what? There are many factors that play into this but bottom line is, someone(s) gave UP somewhere along the way and the heart of the team died. Blame it on injury if you must or maybe blame it on your lack of commitment - the latter makes more sense.

  • orson a round
    April 28, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Coach Sloan - please call about the job in Sacramento! We need you!!! Thanks for the effort you had in Salt Lake and sorry some don't appreciate you. It's hard to coach when the players make more than you do and are so childish in their mood swings. I would love to see the players union gone - no long term contracts - "your gone if you don't produce" make the players like we who work hard and have none of their "perks' Love Basketball, but hate the salaries, poor examples of many, really hate the tatoos!!!! But then I have the freedom to turn off my TV and watch Law and Order!

  • Doodles
    April 28, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    I hate the headline for this story. "Sad season" seems a little harsh when the Jazz made it to the playoffs. Were all our expectations just a tad high? Is the team not allowed to win and lose, sort of like real life?

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    Boozer and AK-47 have to go. Probably Collins also, what type of big man won't hit another? I get so sick of watching Boozer help people up, for heavens sake knock someone down, use your size, be as scary the court as you look in person. For AK, a great weakside defender but terrible on ball defender, go elsewhere.
    The real questions are this:
    Who replaces them? Can they work with Sloan?

  • okiejazzfan
    April 28, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    AK kept the Jazz in the game the first quarter. Williams and Boozer may as well stayed home. Milsap got shots inside late because the Lakers let up and didn't want to foul.Early on he was rejected by the taller players. Price had something to prove and did. Poor Memo could not move. Took long for Korver to warm up. Matty just looks at a player and gets a foul called on him. Brewer played to his ability. Why did Collins not play? KK played great early in the year and should have been developed. Ultimately, only one person controls who is on the floor. Sloan lost this game.

  • Coaches
    April 28, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    I'm sure the steelers thought once their legendary coach left they would struggle, then they got another good coach who won and then he retired and then they got another one who also won a ring. Just because Sacramento hired the wrong people doesn't mean that if Jerry left we would go down hill in rapid fashion. Hire the right guy and he could be here for the next twenty years with success.

  • B.R.
    April 28, 2009 11:43 a.m.



    I told my wife before the start of the 4th quarter that we were going to learn alot about the character of this team by who steps up and plays in the 4th. It was priceless over on the bench seeing Boozer and A.K.'s expressions watching Price, Milsap, Brewer and Korver play with the heart and effort those two freeloaders lack. It was there for all to see. Here's to the new Jazz! Boozer and A.K. free Jazz!!

  • Jack
    April 28, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Did we really think we had a chance against the team with the West's best record? They had momentum going in the play-offs and we were faltering toward the finish of the regular season. We shot ourselves in the foot by folding to the 8th spot because no team in the West has a chance against the Lakers. Sometimes our pure hustle and heart weren't enough to match the Lakers skill and depth. Oh well, there's always next year.

  • Fair and balanced...
    April 28, 2009 11:29 a.m.

    Did ANYONE notice who else was on the bench during Utah's run that cut the lead from 22 to 6? It wasn't only Boozer. Your golden child WILLIAMS was also on the bench. As soon as he entered the game we lost our momentum.

  • Pathetic
    April 28, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    I think Sloan did a good job putting together a winning season with all of the injuries. The frustration is that the team acted like they accomplished something by qualifying for the playoffs. After that "It's Vacation Time" With the exception of Sloan and about 3 players, it was painfully obvious that the Jazz couldn't wait to go on vacation. I say let's get players in who will play through the playoffs, not just until they qualify for the playoffs. I live in SoCal and the whole thing has been embarrasing and frustrating, not to mention PATHETIC. AND I MEAN PATHETIC

  • Guys Guys
    April 28, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Getting rid of Okur is ridiculous. What needs to happen is to get rid of Bloozer and move Okur to PF. Bring in a Real defensive Center or start Koufus there. Milsap will never be an allstar PF. He is just too undersized. He is a fantastic backup though. AK brings alot of value to the jazz. He is very versatile. CJ will never earn what he is paid. He is an average player that would be an OK backup but I would rather have Korver as my backup. Here is my core, dump the rest:

    Keepers:

    Dwill
    Okur
    Milsap
    AK
    Koufus
    Price
    Korver
    Brewer

    Dump:

    Knight
    Collins
    Fes
    CJ
    Bloozer
    Almond

    Bubble:

    Harpring

  • Bye Bye
    April 28, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    Let's face it, the Fisher loss was tragic. No accident the Lakers have finished ou off with him in their lineup.

    It is, however, time to say good-bye to many on the current roster. We need a couple of bench players with the courage to play well each time out on the road. We need a 45% 3-point shooter. We need a coach who values and guards the 3-point shot.

    It's been nice knowin' ya, fellas.

    Sorry it just didn't work out. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    I'm very happy, however, you are not the gutless Hornets. They are an embarrassment to the league, especially CP3.

  • BigMoney
    April 28, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    At half time I turned off the TV and read my Church News...it was more exciting and less predictable!

  • Egg Face
    April 28, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Jerry Sloan really has egg on his face over this Ronnie Price deal. The same thing will happen when Fes and Koufos are allowed to emerge. Is whinny A.K. and mr. pay raise the reasons Sloan has refused to allow Fes and Koufos to integrate with the rotation, just to meet their whinny demands? I say dump A.K., Loozer, and Sloan. Sloan can take Brevin Knight and Jarron Collins with him on his way out of town.

  • Kirlenko heist=Mr. Madoff
    April 28, 2009 11:00 a.m.

    As far as I concerned keep D-Will and get rid of the rest Sloan included! Boozer please leave. Okur, I'm sick of standing up for you. You are really not that good and your awkward movements and D stink. Kirlenko don't even get me started. You should spend time in jail like Mr. Madoff for the heist you put on Larry Miller and the rest of us Jazz Fans. This group is horrible. I am ashamed to tell people I support this group. Whatever happened to the good old days of Stockton, Malone, and Horny, This group is a pathetic attempt of a TEAM!

  • Marketing
    April 28, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    When are you all you NBA/Jazz fans going to get it? The NBA is the most marketing controlled league in all of sports. It is not about defense, execution, hustle plays, 3-point shooting or anything like that. It is about marketing the NBA's poster athletes. Did anybody really think that the NBA would allow the playoffs to go on without Kobe and without the constant camera shots of drugged-out Phil Jackson sleeping on the bench, ah, I mean "coaching"?

    Call it what you want, conspiracy theory, fixing games, etc., etc., but at the same time, how obvious can be. The refs give the all-stars their free-throws and their non-calls in every game, the NBA markets their product through these all-stars, and the big name, over-hyped teams continue to play. It's a joke. It's a corporate controlled, marketing league and, unfortunatly for us fans of the sport, teams like the Jazz just don't sell.

  • DC Hilton
    April 28, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    I have to second this entry:

    It's time to revamp the team. However, I would like to see this core group of players remain:

    Williams
    Okur
    Brewer
    Millsap
    Korver
    Koufos

    The rest are expendable (if necessary) via trades, retirements, etc.

    Players I do not want to see back:

    Boozer
    Knight
    Collins

    A coaching change might also be in order. My choice:

    Hornacek

    I love Jerry, but I frankly feel like he may need to retire on top and let someone else take the cheap shots from a lot of disgruntled Jazz fans. He's in the Hall of Fame, where he belongs and Jeff Hornacek would probably make an excellent leader.

    I'm already excited about next year, as long as Carlos "The Underachiever" Boozer is gone.

    Also, I still have hope for AK and I'd add him and Ronnie Price to the keepers list.

  • Trade Boozer
    April 28, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    Now and get something in return. He owe us that much! Don't end up like we did with Fisher, nuthin for sumthin

  • re: GIB
    April 28, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    You Sloan lovers are more predictable than the rising sun.
    You cannot make a rational, factual argument for keeping Sloan around.
    All you do is demean his critics- you know the ones who have been saying price, kk, et. al need more time.
    Just go away and take Sloan with you. You contribute nothing to the discussion.

    Ronnie Price isn't the answer to save the team, but if he would've had more minutes all season long, we might have ended up a 6th or 7th seed.

    I agree with the other posters that AK is the noose around the team's neck. His large salary and low production will kill this team off.

  • Three reasons
    April 28, 2009 10:34 a.m.

    Three reasons Sloan must go; Ronnie Price, Kosta Koufos, and Kyrylo Fesenko.

    Anyone who cannot see that is in denial.

  • Misses number 12
    April 28, 2009 10:32 a.m.

    this is for all the goofballs who want to change coaches. I have two words for you: Sacramento Kings.
    A few years ago they fired Rick Adelman. They have since fired 3 more and have the worst record in the NBA. They are just like Utah, a small market team that no free agent will go to if they have other options. No high profile free agents or coaches want to come to Salt Lake! Only if you overpay (Okur) or outright steal (Boozer) can you get them.

    How many teams have won more games than the Jazz in the last 20 years? There is one and that is the Spurs. I guess you people who want to change coaches want to be in the lottery every year like the Kings.

  • Priceless
    April 28, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    Jazz Season Tickets: 900 dollars
    Parking for Jazz Season Tickets: 200 dollars
    food with Jazz Season Tickets: 100 dollars
    Man Hours devoted to following the Jazz for the season: 250 hours
    Next Season without having to watch Boozer let anyone in the league drive by him and hopefully watching Sloan's pathetic coaching: Priceless

    Why does Sloan get a free pass on his failure to get this team motivated and ready for the playoffs. He knows absolutely nothing about team player management. He holds a grudge for seasons and is an egomaniac and nothing is ever his fault. The interview after the Game 4 loss was classic. When I was in the league I played against players that were tough. You coach like it was still the 70's. Get out and don't let the door hit you on the way.

  • Hollywood
    April 28, 2009 10:30 a.m.

    @ Hilarious...
    Yes, Boozer is a fantastic OFFENSIVE player. I'd rank him right up there with T-Mac and Iverson. Great numbers, but their teams do much better - or at least the same - WITHOUT them.

    IMO, Millsap is an adequate replacement. And he'll cost 1/2 the price. Remember his string of double-doubles before he got hurt and then Boozer replaced him as the starter? No, Paul will never average 20/10. But he won't give up 20/10, either.

    You can't pay MAX dollars to someone who's production is close to a wash - i.e. he gives up nearly as much as he produces. That's Carlos. Millsap is maybe good for 16/9, but plays defense.

    I doubt the Jazz give Carlos a huge contract, not with his inconsistent play and history of injuries. Best scenario is he stays and we trade his expiring deal (like the AI/Billups trade). Or, maybe he does opt out, but his agent and O'Connor work out a sign-and-trade deal with another team.

    We need a starter and backup PF in return. Doubt a quality center is possible, but perhaps a SG or SF.

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 10:29 a.m.

    I am happy the Jazz are done. I mean now we can start getting excited for football season. GO UTES!

  • john flopton
    April 28, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    ...maybe we should work on our flopping

  • D-Will
    April 28, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    D-Will has had another great year, but he needs to improve his leadership by doing what he says. Boozer wasn't the only one to have a lousy game last night with half-hearted effort. D-will showed little effort and heart in this must win game. When he came into the game at the end he slowed down all momentum the subs had achieved in making the game more respectable. So when D-will is talking after the game that the team lacked the effort to win a series, I sure hope he was taking responsibility for his own lack of effort. It was quite obvious D-will had given up any hope for his team. He could learn a lot from Ronnie Price by going out and giving it his best effort.

  • Be Carefull
    April 28, 2009 10:26 a.m.

    What you wish for. Peolple wanted Addleman out in Sac town how is that working out? Nuggets fans wanted Carl gone last season, How is that working out??? Nicks fans wanted Van Gundy gone how did Thomas work out??? Pheonix fans were not to happy with Dantoni that worked out great for them. Jerry is not the problem. If you ask me one player is causing the issues and it Boozer, they were better with out him than they were with him. If you don't believe one player can poison a team look at the Nuggets without Iverson.

  • Ak Fan
    April 28, 2009 10:21 a.m.

    I've been there. Jazz almost killed LA. If not that time out and Ak instead Deron for Brewer. Just 3 point. Man I was ready to fight Around me only yellow jerseys . My 47 picked all the time. Hostile. But I like what players did. Sloan give up but bench didnot. Ak had good game. Deron like Sloan easily going down may be tired. Ak was guarding Kobe how you gonna get rebound Some folks too much into stats. I wish AK leave somewhere else and he will star again.
    GO AK

  • Herman F
    April 28, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    Thanks for making the best season they could given the injuries. Fans should always cheer for your team, which some Jazz "fans" (mostly the ones who are whiners anyways) tend to forget. The Jazz did their best and lost to the best team in the conference without having anything to be ashamed of. Lets do better next year. Go Jazz!

  • rockets
    April 28, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Sorry Jazz Fans, but as a Houston Rocket fan I am glad to see the Jazz eliminated. You guys have dominated us for years and your exit is just the help we need. As far as Sloan, I think he's a great coach you guys have just had the misfortune of running into the wrong teams at the wrong time. (ex. Chicago Bulls in the Finals) Clearly the Jazz best chance to win. Sorry but glad to see you go.

  • Ready and a . .1 and a . .2
    April 28, 2009 10:14 a.m.

    LA LA LA LA LA HEY HEY HEY . . . . You finish it jazz fans

  • there's a reason
    April 28, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    why the lakers are always a contender and why they have such huge tradition. they put the right peices together to form a championship from Scouting to the coaching. SAy what you want about the lakers they are winners and have built a juggernaut in the NBA. THose jazz fans who call them "Fakers" are just haters who get let down every year. Enjoy the Ride!

  • HAHAAH
    April 28, 2009 10:05 a.m.

    You jazz fans are a laugh! Now I'm reading "Yeah you know the unstoppable duo with amre stoudamire and boozer" HAHAH YOu guys can't win because your whole organization is not together. You players are boring to watch besides D- Will. It's just not exciting basketball. I cannot watch that boring "Foul to WIN" type of basketball. Plus all the fans are sellouts the minute the Jazz are out of the playoffs.

  • C L
    April 28, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    Boozer will get his double double most of the time, but if you score twenty, and let the other guys score 25 on the other end, what good does it do? Boozer seems to de-motivate the other guys, too. They do much better when he is not there. Sort of like Allen Iverson. He can play great, but he is a disrupting influence on his teammates. Get rid of him, he is a cancer on this team. And play Price and Koufos for heavens sake! How are they going to contribute if they hardly ever get onto the floor?

  • Hollywood
    April 28, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    So maybe it isn't Sloan's job to motivate players, but if he lets a guy like Price play and bring his energy into the game, don't you think that rubs off on others?

    If he sits a guy that isn't giving 100%, doesn't that motivate everyone?

    Jazz have some serious problems with personnel. Boozer only playing for a contract, AK already "getting his" and underperforming. But the buck HAS to stop with Sloan.

    Yes, Jerry had a tough time this season with the deaths of former teammates and colleagues. Just looking at hime near the end of the season, it appeared he had absolutely no competitive fire left. Sloan needs to retire. Jazz need fresh blood at the top.

  • Randall
    April 28, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    NBA's Softest Fans.
    Good Nite Irene aaa....Stick A Fork In Them aaaa....
    Fat Lady.....aaaaa.....Toast.....aaaaaa





  • Lamar
    April 28, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Odom is an unrestricted free agent. GO GET HIM. Pay him with Boozer's money. He is an instant upgrade on both ends of the court. Plus it would really stick it to the Lakers.

  • jerry
    April 28, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Good idea Jerry. Take out Boozer and Williams after the first quater so they aren't too tired for their fishing trip today. The other good move you made all series was putting in Knight for Williams over Price. Whenever Knight went in we had the lead, by the time he came out we were down double digits. But I forgot, you like loosing to Phil. What other young talent besides price is wasting away on Jerry's bench?

  • Jimmy Z
    April 28, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    I have to say and i have been saying this for years.
    Jerry Sloan needs to retire. Please Jerry go back
    to the midwest drink all the whiskey you can and ride
    your tractors. This young team has been hurt with
    you coaching. PLease leave asap, so maybe we can get
    out of the first round. I think Sloan coached teams
    has have loss in the first rounds 10 times in his career. I am sick of this coaching by him.

  • slicker
    April 28, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    Face it people the jazz are doomed until they get out from under AK's enormous salary. He is so overpaid that teams just laugh at us. Even if we were to trade him we cannot get our moneys worth. I hope boozer opts out and does not get offered more money, that would be pay back. It could very easily happen too people around the NBA are not idiots and with the economy the way it is. we can all hope

  • Magnut
    April 28, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that Brevin Knight is a better point guard than Ronnie Price."

    "Most of the posters on this site don't know what they are talking about."

  • your moms best friend
    April 28, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    YOUR MOM!!! where r u!!!

    ha yea sad the jazz lost they haven't been to the play off's forever sadly
    whatever im at school so bye!

  • uR MoM
    April 28, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    well
    we all knew the jazz
    weRe gonna lose,
    all though i do hate to say it
    =[

  • todd from santa ana
    April 28, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    1 "sloanaholic"

    read my post from last night: You all better write and call, this am is not soon enough

    A source told me: Phil Johnson in 2010 is predicted to walk in and replace Sloan

    I am not trying to start a problem, but this person knows as much as any media insider and that is all i can say,


    We have a very bleak future friends. SOmeone needs to talk to Greg...Quick...

  • A.K.
    April 28, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    0 rebounds in 31 minutes. Thats weak sauce folks. A.K., Boozer, and Sloan are the 3 main reasons this team failed.

  • Hmm
    April 28, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    No you're done

  • BGomer
    April 28, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Also, we have way too many mediocre wing players. If we could get one solid wing player we would be a drastically better team. The problem with our wings is they each have massive massive holes in their game. Brewer can't shoot and we saw how that hurts us this series, Korver plays hard but is a terrible defender teams attack him with whomever he is guarding. Miles is inconsistent at best. AK, well is AK. If we could somehow get a solid wing player, not a great one but one without huge holes and who can defend the likes of Kobe and at least slow him down, and can hit the open three's to spread the floor once okur is gone. I like Ariza, and Battier.

  • BGomer
    April 28, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    Sloan has an unbelievable offensive system without which players like ronnie brewer, would go the way of bryon russell. I think we need sloan just for the offensive system he has in place, his game management is frustrating though and has been the whole time he has been here. Resting our stars and letting the Lakers run up an 11 point lead was as irritating as when Karl would finally start making shots and sloan would pull him.

    We have to keep Boozer and DWill. They are the only two legitimate starters for a team in contention that the Jazz have. All the Boozer haters need to give the guy a break, look at yourself how many of you have gone through a divorce and serious health issues and given 100% everyday at your job? The guy has unbelievable skills and him and Dwill were the only ones who could even play with the Lakers.

    Boozers Dfense is not up to par, but Okurs is terrible, and the problem is you can't play two terrible big men at the same time. I say get rid of Okur and bring in a defensive center like Biedrins.

  • Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    how bout price not being afraid of the lakers? he stood toe to toe with kobe and basically told him 'im not scared of u like the rest of the world and the rest of my team. bring it'. he brings energy, heart, and toughness off the bench and he did it time and time again last season, maybe he is erratic at times but he does 10 times more then knight ever does. i dont understand why he didn't play more. the jazz need to make sure they keep this core of players together:

    D will
    Millsap
    Korver
    Brewer
    CJ
    Price
    KK
    and probably Ak and go out and get a TOUGH big man that will stand up and throw a certain member of the lakers from spain around like the rag doll he is, the way the great malone would've done it.

    lets get back to what worked for u in the 90s. TOUGHNESS

  • James
    April 28, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    Time to blow it up and start over. Keep D-Will, use the rest of the assets to acquire a new team. If Jazz management sits on their hands this summer I am done with the Jazz.

  • Out
    April 28, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    Knocked out! The Jazz have a storied passed and still can build the team back to it's winning ways. But getting knock out in five in the first round and falling like a rock in the final weeks of the season is a psychological grenade. Only the true professional can overcome this melt down that the Jazz are in. Well, only time will tell whether or not this current batch of players have the ability to regroup and refocus and come back nxt season.

  • PATHETIC
    April 28, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    This team was disgusting to watch. Even more disgusting is 1320 KFAN's coverage which contiues to insist that nothing is wrong with this team, it was just a tough year with injuries, we should just be happy and keep buying tickets. I've personally made the switch to 1280 AM. 1320 KFAN, owned by the Jazz organization, is too biased in their coverage of this heartless team.

    Blow it up and start over.

  • Hilarious!
    April 28, 2009 8:45 a.m.

    Let Millsap replace Boozer??? Ha,ha ha... Please stop... you're killing me!!!!

    Boozer was an animal once he got 100% healthy and all you "haters" can do is cry because he hurt your feelings when he said he would opt out. You sound like a bunch of five year old kids. "He doesn't want to be in our club so let's be mean to him!" You've put him under a microscope but are only capable of seeing his weaknesses. Never mind that he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the playoffs. Frankly, Gasol and Odum made Millsap look pretty average.

    OK, he isn't Tim Duncan or Karl Malaone. His defense is mediocre at BEST. I understand. What you fail to understand that there may be three or four players in the entire league that are as good as those two. The fours that play great defense can't come close to scoring and rebounding like Boozer. Pick your poison. Defense and sub par scoring or a 20 - 10 guy.

    Millsap is NOT the answer! He had 5 minutes of glory last night.

    Irrational exuberance for an exceptional BACKUP!

  • go away Sloan
    April 28, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    Sloan is a loser, time for him to go. He couldn't get it done with the best point-forward combo in NBA history how do you think he can ever win with this team? I think he actually gets his teams to compete very hard, the problem is they compete hard with an outdated system. Jerry is incapable of understanding any kind of modern statistical analysis of the game, that's why he doesn't utilize the three point shot (or guard against it). And now we're stuck with him, he's like the house guest that never leaves. GO AWAY SLOAN!!!

  • PurplePeopleEater
    April 28, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    Oh, if the Jazz can develop (Koufos) or get a good center, keep Memo as a 3-point shooting big man. You can't have enough trey guys on a team in today's game.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    April 28, 2009 8:20 a.m.

    Even when the Jazz were blowing out CP3's team in that great first half a few weeks back, they didn't look as energetic as when Price went into the game against the Lakers.

    Now THAT's the kind of effort it takes to win. Even Kobe didn't realize why the Jazz closed on them with just the subs. It was effort--he thought it was HIS team's lack of it--not really! Every player on the floor for the Jazz (including Memo, even!), were hustling their butts off.

    When Sloan thought the game was winnable again, he inserted a few starters---big mistake. Took away the momentum.

    At first, Sloan looked like he was going to insert AK, then changed to D-Will. I think at that point, AK would have been the better choice. D-Will somehow slowed things down again.

    Price is a keeper, even if he's not that active a shooter. His quickness and in-your-face defense is invaluable.

    So, let's keep D-Will, AK, Millsap, Brewer, Price, and Koufos. Are there that many replacements out there for the rest of them that are worth getting?

  • vlad
    April 28, 2009 8:19 a.m.

    Knightmare's gone,
    Coach Sloan didn't like Ron(g) Price,
    AK will play for KNICKS next year - surprise?
    And All That Jazz got kicked his ...

  • reality check
    April 28, 2009 8:10 a.m.

    Hello,

    Did I read some dreamer saying Dwill to Amare...do you know or have you ever read about defense? We already have a tall PF who doesn't play D for us..Lets replace him with another. Think people before you empty your minds on these comments.

  • Dallas
    April 28, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    Hey Kevin O Connor... here is a great idea. Why don't we do absolutely nothing in the offseason again... maybe sign another worthless player or trade for one that won't contribute in any positive manner. Have another gwad awful draft... and expect this pathetic group of wannabe professional basketball players to reach the NBA finals. Meanwhile... Denver, Portland, Clippers, Dallas, and everyone else the Jazz compete with is improving their roster with bold trades, well researched draft picks, and making the draft selection work for them. Lets not actually build a team for a NBA finals run. Yeah... lets just roll out whatever crap we can in hopes to just make the playoffs and be utterly embarrassed. Yeah... that style of being a GM has been doing a swell job the last 3 seasons.

  • Sitting Players
    April 28, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    The end of the first quarter had the Jazz tied with the Lakers. Then, Sloan put Boozer and Deron on the bench for five minutes while the Lakers took an eleven point lead, and no one could score for the Jazz. What is THAT about?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saintly Gent
    April 28, 2009 8:05 a.m.

    It's only a game! Please be more concerned about your eternal soul! Death awaits us all.

  • 44 games missed
    April 28, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    Unforgivable and unforgettable. Please Basketball Gods, if there is any justice in this world, let him opt out and be gone somewhere else, anywhere else.

  • genie in a bottle
    April 28, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    Dear coach,

    Listen to the whiners who have never been in a coaching situation yet they know that to fire you is what the team needs, to unload Boozer, to play Price, to shoot AK.etc. etc. etc. They would all like to live in a perfect world where the Jazz don't compete in a professional league but they win every home game and also win every away game, no matter who they have playing for them.

    I hope O Connor reads these comments then he will know that comments from fans need to dictate his roster.

    These fans would like to change fishing to catching, they want to win all the time and I think they should live in LA where the dollars are big and the players are bigger.

    This year we competed, we had memories some good lots not so good. So what!! Thanks JAzz for compteting when you did it makes it great for us as fans to be proud. Most likely there will be changes but please do not change for the sake of those who write in.

    GIB

  • Re Moves:
    April 28, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    Obviously?...Obviously?......It's doubtful that you are in any position to know what Boozer wants!!

  • Jazzfann
    April 28, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    Brevin Knight is useless. Make sure he is gone. Boozer was interviewed and I listened to it on KFAN, he was asked if he would return and he was the same old Boozer. He said he would have to look at the situation and talk to his family. He always just tries to be politically correct, never shows any emotion and is just a dang robot. I have supported him through the whole season but I hope this Loser is gone. He sucks on defense too. I made it a point to watch him on every defensive possession last night and he is worse than I though. He does not rotate to help teammates, he does not take a hard foul, he does not alter a shot. See ya Boozer, good riddance. Jazz got beat by a team that is head and shoulders above them. Changes are in store. Let's get some players that want to play defense and that have a spine and can perform away from SLC.

  • Dusty
    April 28, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    They have to get rid of Sloan. You can say what you want about him, but you cant get rid of all your players. We cant continue to loose on the road like this, and we dont play defense anymore. So what are we doing he has the guys afraid to shoot and wont let them run. His old school style is dead, and if we dont make a change everybody is going to leave including DWILL.

  • InAZ
    April 28, 2009 7:33 a.m.

    Jazz, please don't let Boozer go because I'm afraid my Suns team will pick him up.

  • Funny
    April 28, 2009 7:30 a.m.

    What's funny is the Lakers showed last night why they won't win the championship again this year. If you can't even close the deal without a scare against the #8 seed's 2nd string what are you going to do when you go up against a team that's actually good? - that actually plays defense? - that actually has a coach whos not steeped in 1980s mentality?

    Exactly, they won't. I just became a Houston Rockets fan!

  • Dismantle this team and rebuilt
    April 28, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    I am glad the nightmare is over. Now this franchise must do some clearinghouse work: Every aspect of this franchise needs to be reviewed. Coach,front office and players no one should be immune to criticism.
    Basic problem right up front:too many high paid players with no toughness and a stubborn coach who cannot properly utilize talent.
    This is the same Ol Sloan who benched D-Will in favor of Keith McCleod, Ronnie Price in favor of Brevin Knight, Kosta Koufos in favor of Jarron Collins just to name a few.
    Then comes the amourphous front office, which is totally incapable of making the right personnel moves: draft Raul Lopez instead of Tony Parker, draft Humphries instead of Al Jefferson, draft C. Botchardt a known injuries prone, draft a high school delinquant in DeShawn Stevenson,loses Mo Williams, Pavlovich etc...overpay underachievers like Ostertag, AK ( to some extent ).
    It's time to stir this decaying franchise in a new direction. 21 years of failures should prompt these drastic changes a la Portland.

  • Keep Sloan!
    April 28, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    I love Sloan! The man can coach. What do you do when you get some players with no heart? You can't get out there and play for them. Give him a break! The thing that makes me want to turn off the tv is the half-hearted effort. Sign and trade the Booze and get someone that can block a shot and put a body on a man.

  • JAKE
    April 28, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    Their was no reason to play hard when there is no chance to compete for time.and no one held accountable...

  • Ronnie Price
    April 28, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    proved in 5 minutes why Sloan is a "has been". Ironically, the Fakers won the game at the beginning of the 2nd quarter when who was in the game??? Yep, Brevin Knight. Oh, and Steve Javy and crew gave an assist in the last 3 minutes of the game, under direction of Stern and Co, no doubt.

    You've been a great coach Jerry, a HOFer, but you're over the hill. Be like Hot Rod and bow out gracefully. You're holding the Jazz back now.

    Note to Greg Miller: Now you're center stage. Get your broom and mop out and start cleaning house!

  • Need Attitude Adjustment
    April 28, 2009 7:24 a.m.

    We need a new attitutde in the Jazz organization. Jerry Sloan is a good coach but his negativaty and constant verbal beating of his players is mentally and emotionally draining.

    We may need a new coach who can bring a positive, winning mentallity to the organization. Sloan is too dour to motivate young talent for long stretches at a time. I give him an "A" for talent development due to ingraining a strong work ethic. I give him a "C-" for his ability to motivate through the season, the playoffs and over the longer-term (multi-season).

    To be clear, it's not all Sloan's fault. The Jazz payroll does not allow them to consistently contend for a Championship. Malone knew this years ago, and nothing has changed for the positive. In fact, the overall talent on a relative basis is a bit lower than 10 years ago.

  • oh poor me
    April 28, 2009 7:23 a.m.

    The Jazz used to be the pride of our community. Now, they seem like a bunch of spoiled brats whose fat walletts determine their play and approach to the game. When Tinsel Town has more heart and desire than us, its time to get some new us. I can't stand players who care only for themselves and give minimal efforts in games they are supposedly/allegedly "professionals."

  • Jon Hernandez
    April 28, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    Well, It was an up and down year, I'm excited to see what will happen in this offseason. We need to make some changes, and I hope that the Jazz can get back to being an elite team in the NBA. Good Job Jazz.

  • Moves
    April 28, 2009 7:00 a.m.

    The Jazz need to make some offseason moves, and they will. We need a true starting center to compete with the three giants of L.A., and we need to get rid of Boozer. I have been a big fan in years past, but he doesn't give 100% every night, and he obviously wants out, so let him go. I like A.K. too, but his game isn't getting better. Build the team around Williams, keep Millsap, Miles, Brewer, Okur, Harpring, Price, Korver, and get rid of the rest.

  • Nicklaus
    April 28, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    Changes like finding 3 guys who WANT to play defense!

  • Thankfully...
    April 28, 2009 6:57 a.m.

    this nightmare season is over. The Jazz need to find players with heart.

  • ESKIMO
    April 28, 2009 6:48 a.m.

    Fire Sloan NOW! If it took him 86 3/4 games to figure out that Ronnie Price was a better back up than Freaking Brevin Knight, then he deserves to get canned. Also, his mentality will never bring a championship to the Jazz. "We need to work hard in order to COMPETE" is his mantra. Never a mention of what it takes to be a CHAMPION, or a WINNER. FIRE HIM NOW! Bring in Avery Johnson or anyone who has an idea what it takes to win a title, not just "COMPETE" for one.

  • Spot On
    April 28, 2009 6:14 a.m.

    "I was surprised that it took something like Ronnie Price's effort to bring us back to life," he added. "I've never seen a guy play that hard in my life in that situation. I mean, it shows you probably the mistakes I've made."

    What was the score when Brevin Knight went in? What was it when he came out?

    Why did Ronnie Price not play this year?

    Enough said.

  • Mike
    April 28, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    Boozer is a pretender. If AK wants to make a bigger contribution to the team next then give up 2/3s of the salary and use the rest for some groceries. He is too weak right now to play in the NBA.

  • Apollo Sun
    April 28, 2009 5:56 a.m.

    Disappointing to be out.... but more than half expected. The Jazz had a terrible year, partly due to injuries and partly due to a lack of cohesion in this team. Something's broken in this current roster and it's not gonna be fixed. The only way to move on is to make some big changes to the roster and build a new team over the nest few years. I think all Jazz fans that know anything will agree with me that Deron Williams is the only key component that cant be lost. After that i'd say look to get rid of and or all of: Boozer, Okur, Kirilenko and Collins. Keep the young potential in Brewer, Millsap and Koufos (down the line those three will continue to improve in the right team). Then finally bring in one or two big pieces! Now I don't have the resources of a GM, so i don't know who is available. But if you are getting rid of the salaries of the big 3 i mentioned before, then surely at least 2 superstars can be found to replace. Amare Stoudamire anyone?!?!?!? DWill to Amare would be unstoppable! Just an example

  • lamonte
    April 28, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    For the first time in my life I feel the need to question Jerry Sloan's strategy at the beginning of the second quarter. The Lakers still had their stars on the floor and the Jazz had almost no starters. Finally, after the lakers pulled ahead by 10, some of the scorers re-entered the game. But it was already too late. And how many points did they lose by?

    On the other hand, I think Mr. Buckley is being a bit glum in his assessment of the season. Although it should not be used as a crutch, you have to admit that the injuries played a big part in where the Jazz ended up in the first round. Of course their late season slide, when everyone was supposedly healthy, was the ultimate downfall.

    But let's try to be positive. The Hornets lost by 58 points - that's almost as many points as they scored. The Jazz never came close to that kind of deficit against the best team in the West. Next year! Yea, we're going to get it done. See you then.

  • Doug
    April 28, 2009 5:11 a.m.

    Same ole, same ole--what a stumblebum season finish.

    How long must excellent Jazz players see their careers crumble while we pretend that Sloan is a great coach? When Warriors savaged the Jazz, the Warriors said their game plan was to play "fast and loose." Can you imagine Sloan ever telling his team to play fast and loose? I guess he'd rather lose.

    Sloan constantly blames his players for girlie play and poor defense. A real coach corrects those kind of problems, but Sloan saves his coach-type wisdom for post game interviews. He acts confused whenever he deals with game management or substitution.

    Almost every year, he talks darkly about problems in the locker room. Then he says the players should "settle their argument with ice picks in the parking lot." Maybe that stupid statement is his idea of motivation. I forgot--he says he doesn't try to motivate.

    The time for a new coach is long past. Jazz players and fans deserve a change.

  • Say Again?
    April 28, 2009 4:29 a.m.

    "[A]t this rate...all that's left for the Jazz next season is a return to the NBA draft lottery."

    Como?

    They were playing a super team, maybe the league's best, and even the most passionate but realistic Jazz fans saw this coming.

    There is a lot to like about the Jazz. Remember the big surge and winning streak mid-season? Too bad that wasn't at the end of the season and in the playoffs, but this is still a good team and fun to watch.

    Besides, your statement has almost no precedent. Out of the nine times the Jazz have lost in the first round, only once have they followed up by failing to make the playoffs. Four times they have followed by losing in the first round again; twice by losing in the conference semifinals; and twice by losing in the conference finals. Your statement that the Jazz will be in the lottery next year bets against history.

    It's fun to play teams we own--Houston, Denver, Golden State, etc.--but this year it was kind of nice to go to the top and get it over with. Better luck next year.

  • Ben in WA
    April 28, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    I am glad that Jerry can finally admit that he was wrong on playing Knight over Price. It is just too bad that he could not have seen it sooner. Just like playing some one like Collins over KK or Fes. Jazz need to develop there tallent and not let guys like Mo Willams escape them cause they won't let them play.

  • the Mailman
    April 28, 2009 3:59 a.m.

    Can we play all 82 games at home next year?

    Oh and every play off game at home..

    Oh and not face a Phil Jackson coached team (just quietly i think he has the wood on you Jerry)

    Oh and oh yes we must be guaranteed to not have even one injury (apparently if you get injuries you are incapable of doing well)

    Oh dont worry bout it, we'll still bomb in the playoffs anyway..

    Heres to season 2010/11 (please i hope he has gone by then).. i just hope DWill is still around..

  • changes
    April 28, 2009 2:45 a.m.

    The jazz needs a hero.

  • PRICE
    April 28, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    Nice one sloan... good thing it took you till the last game of the season to realize that Price should have never lost out on playing time to Knight. He was the starter when Deron was out and should have been number 2 when he returned. He might be a little wild sometimes but at least he is athletic and can knock down some shots,

    His follow up dunk tonight was awesome as was his attempt to dunk it over fisher. Those are the only two plays i'll care to remember from this game. Much more so than a boozer power layup.

    Get with it or get out Sloan. I hope some big changes are made this season. I would love to see Bosh down low with Okur and Millsap.

    Good luck getting your raise Boozer. Oh wait... you are selfish enough to realize no one will pay for your weakness and you'll keep on cashing in for another year in Utah.

    As a frustrated Jazz fan... I am glad to say I'm out for the season.

  • Tommy boy
    April 28, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    Dear Coach Sloan,

    Thank you for admitting you made mistakes. However, as you have said to your players, it is too little too late. Finally, during the last quarter of the last game of the season you were able to produce a team that played tough. You have to admit....that is way...way too late.

    You have been a great coach. We wish you the best. Thanks for the memories. We admire you ...but you have to agree that we need a coach that can produce a tough team a bit earlier in the year than the final quarter of the final game of the season.

    You are a hall-of-famer Jerry. No hard feelings...right?

  • Elcapitan
    April 28, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    Why picture Carlos Boozer in the headline unless you want to show one of the parties responsible for lack luster play and no defense effort. I still hope that Boozer opts out. His skill as a player is very limited, everyone who watches him knows that. Look at his performance tonight, miserable. Show the guys off the bench who brought us back in the 4th quarter, they are our future, built up around DWill. Kudos to AK for his effort tonight also. the lAKERS ARE SUPERMEN, WELL COACHED, AND WILL BE DIFFICULT TO BEAT.

  • A8
    April 28, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    Brewer got almost every single offensive rebound and we get within 6 during the last 3 min...and he was taken out???

    Price was good at the end. Makes me wonder why he was benched all season long???

    Anyway, the better, much better team won.

  • rvalens2
    April 28, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    It's time to revamp the team. However, I would like to see this core group of players remain:

    Williams
    Okur
    Brewer
    Millsap
    Korver
    Koufos

    The rest are expendable (if necessary) via trades, retirements, etc.

    Players I do not want to see back:

    Boozer
    Knight
    Collins

    A coaching change might also be in order. My choice:

    Hornacek