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Published: Saturday, June 13 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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This is good news

maybe things are starting to change for the better. Fez is cheap insurance, can be played in special match ups, and might be able to develop into a decent defensive C with some offensive potential. His expiring contract can also be used in trades.

This also implies that Collins has been replaced as the back up C. Collins did the best that he could and was a decent guy. However, Fez should put up much better numbers. Just the idea that maybe the Jazz are making some much needed changes is encouraging.

This also implies that Koufos could see some playing time at both PF and C.

Now if the Jazz can get a really good back up PG that will be another step forward.

This gives the Jazz

a little insurance if they can't come to terms with Okur. In which case Koufos would have to start and Fez back him up until a better arrangement was made.

It also means that Koufos could get moved to back PF if Boozer walks and the Jazz can't/don't replace him.

The Jazz need capable cheap role players if they are going to pay DWill his max salary and Millsap more money.

Sloan Hater

Fez and the Kouf need to start taking Jarron Collins' minutes.

I may never forgive Sloan for playing Knight (and Hart) instead of Price. Sloan's crush on veterans makes me sick sometimes.

I don't hate Sloan

as long as he wins. However, his biases tend to lose games. Orlando's Van Gundy seems to be a free wheeler going with the hot hand and hunches. He also explains why he does what he does.

If Utah could get a coach who was the best of Sloan and Van Gundy they might get a ring.

The game

seems to have left Coach behind and it showed in the late 2 or 3 games of the finials. If nothing else Fes would be great under the rim. At least he is willing to knock some one down when driving to the rim (he might want to work on that a little),but its better than no defense.


re:game. netter than no defense? Fes was good defensively offense is question.


An expiring throw-away contract to replace Collins. Ok. Give Kosta minutes! Let's send Fesenko to the Karl Malone school of conditioning and inside play.

At the end of last season, there was a lot of talk about the Jazz getting tougher, nastier. Fesenko is the antithesis of tough. He's Greg Ostertag and we don't need another 'tag.

If Fesenko wants to play in the NBA, he needs to get tough. That may be like asking Richard Simmons to 'man up'. Possible, but HIGHLY improbable. I want to see more Kosta Koufas!

todd from santa ana

it tells me Collins is gone. Fine, Thanks for his service we respect the 8 years wearing our colors with pride, good attitude and professionalism. This had been long overdue. Maybe a good sign. Now Brevie needs to be next. Of course, Sloan and the "holics" still around.....unfortunately...


Fesenko could potentially develop into the long, shot blocking presence, we need so desperately in the middle. And the price is right...a real bargain by NBA standards. Good move by the Jazz. Now hopefully Fes takes advantage of the opportunity, because he no longer qualifies for D-League play with the flash.

I think letting Almond go could come back to bite the Jazz. The guy can flat out shoot, and could end up being a tremendous player in the right system. Obviously, there must have been a personality conflict with the coaching staff, because I can't think of any other reason he wasn't given more of an opportunity. Korver shot poorly most of the season, and Brewer is very erratic with his perimeter game. Maybe when he's gone, more info will come out. I was really excited when the Jazz drafted him, and just can't understand where things went wrong with him. So what if he isn't much of a passer or defender...which describes most players in the NBA.



I agree with Almond...I don't understand why the jazz draft him in the first round, and give him a lot of money just to sit on the bench. He hasn't even had a chance to play. The guy can flat out shoot and I would like to see him get a chance, before we let him go. I feel like if we don't resign him, it will be another Mo williams incident.


I like this move. He's big, athletic for his size, and has a ton of potential. I hope we get to see more from him this year, but honestly that's up to him.

To Sloan's defense though, if I had a professional like Jarron Collins who shows up every night, works hard, doesn't complain, and battles on every play, I'd probably have played him more than the rugged, sometimes sluggish, and lacking effort Kyrylo Fesenko. I think Sloan wants these guys to not feel like playing time is a right... you have to earn it. Each of the last two years Fes has come into camp out of shape, although last year was better than his rookie season.

In regards to Morris Almond, I've never heard the Jazz say that they have no interest in re-signing him. After they decided not to pick up his third year option, Kevin O'Connor stated that Almond could still re-sign with the Jazz. Don't be shocked if he comes to camp and earns a one year deal. I hope that he does.


At 7-1 300lb Fes is literally a giant even by NBA standards. I am not totally sure but I think he is 3rd in size behind Shaq and Yao. Yet he is atheletic, he is not cursed with the Mark Eaton 1 inch verticle (nothing against Eaton). Also it should be noted that condition for someone that size does not come easy as it puts emmense strain on the heart (see great danes/andre the giant). Also it should be noted that Fes played with an intensity greater than Collins, Okur, and Boozer most of the time. Sloan needs to cut him some slack (he gives plenty of slack to underachieving all-stars) and give Fes more play time or better yet DEVELOP him.

FEZ will get in shape

running up and down the court. When his tongue hangs out and he slows up Sloan can substitute. Sloan needs to play whoever will help win and get off of his biases.

The idea that you have to earn playing time while Sloan plays some less talented veteran is garbage and bad coaching.

That is one more Sloanism that irritates those who are focused on winning instead of work ethic. If a guy has talent play him. Keep the best combos on the floor. They will get into shape real quick with enough playing time.

Shaq was not always in the best of shape. Would Sloan bench him?

Actually I think Koufos is going to shine. Fez is more of a developing insurance player who is good for special match ups and cheap.

Fez can contribute more than Collins did.

RE: Observation-ist

When you say "Fesenko is the antithesis of tough." my first thought was so are Gasol and Tim Duncan. So what? They are tall and use their height well. Sure Ostertag had his limitations on offense but he did block shots and rebound well. If he didn't do anything worthwhile then Sloan wouldn't have played him at all because he hated the guy.

Do you think the Zenmaster would have played guys like Luc Longley and Will Purdue if it is really all that easy for a 6'7" overachiever (like Millsap) to achieve the same results as a 7' soft and lazy slacker? There must be something to these big stiffs when just about every playoff team has had some if they aren't lucky enough to have an all-star like Dwight Howard, Duncan, or Yao.

The Jazz could really use more size because even though Okur is 6'11" he doesn't really play like it and neither does Collins. Maybe they can't count on Fesenko to fill this need any time soon but if not what have they really lost? A 2nd round pick and 875K.

Fesenko Doubter

Fesenko hasn't really impressed me enough to earn another years salary but I have confidence in Kevin to take a chance on him for another year. When Fesenko bleached his hair blonde Sloan called him a clown and don't think Sloan likes him. After we give him a nice contract like this he'd better be in shape. He'd better dominate during summer league and not be hot and cold. After seeing him in summer league we'll see what he can do.

Dantley-Era Fan

Good move. Hard to care much about this, though, when I really just want them to hurry and get things settled one way or the other with Boozer and LOCK DOWN A DEAL WITH MILLSAP!


YOU MUST PLAY KOUFOS! He is the real deal, and will be our best big man by the end of next season. Fes is only a five, but KK can play 4-5. PLAY KOUFOS!!

Fesenko controls his destiny

I wonder if y'all have ever read an article where a player is quoted on how they feel about Sloan. They almost always say that Sloan is an upfront guy who does not carry grudges. It doesn't matter if Sloan disliked that Fesenko bleached his hair. I think he will play any guy who is working hard on the court and is helping the team. Do we remember how Fesenko played against the Lakers in the last game of the season? He was not good. He was out of position. He made horrible fouls. Does a player really need a lot of time on the court to play intelligently? If so, isn't that what the D-League is all about?

Silent Lurker

The best way to predict the future is upon the past. Fes is Fes--don't look for many changes (in Fes) and you won't be surprised. He won't be playing in the summer league and will show up in the fall in the same shape as before-perhaps minus the clown look.

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