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Pitt's Young would bring 'nasty' streak Jazz brass openly covet

Published: Sunday, June 21 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Todd that is where we differ. One thing I think you forgot is Hornacek did play in Phoenix and in Philadelphia so I think he is capable of knowing when a team needs to run and when to go to half court sets.

I think he would be a lot like Del Negro and look what he did for his rookie and and the Bulls.
That is what the Jazz need. They need a coach on there side. Sloan was lucky with Stockton, Malone, and Hornacek because they just brought there lunch and went to work and they really coached the other players. Now they are gone Sloan is trying to coach for the first time and these guys do not respond to it and obviously it does not work.

re idjazz12

how is it obvious that sloan has lost his edge or cant coach these players? What is that based on? In my opinion, the jazz have overachieved with this bunch of players. Dont worry about it everybody, this roster as it is cannot win a championship. They are two all star caliber players that can play defense away from the possibility. They dont play D and teams that do play defense arent vulnerable to boozer. Sloan keeps these guys as competitive as they can be and its because of sloans never accept defeat attitude that you guys think another coach could do better. Trust me, Phil jackson finds a million different ways to point out to the media that he doesnt have the roster to win if was the coach here....or anywhere for that matter when he didnt have a top 5 all time player. In any case, the coaching change is irrelevant, this roster cant do it.

I'm Tired

...of getting players that are supposed hard workers that can't shoot.

Brewer is a SEVERE liabity on offense as shooting guard. No more players that can't shoot. Our whole team has to score at the rim or they simply can't--its awful and it does not work. Nobody on our team can spread the floor but memo and in back to back years he has been injured come playoff time.

from a Laker fan

Jazz have the "nastiness" down.

Comments usually are ripping Kobe, Phil, etc. all apart but now that they are holding the 2009 NBA championship trophy you finally are turning your comments back to where they should have been...on your own team and how you can get better.

Lakers big challenge is keeping the championship team together. Free agents Odom & Ariza have both said they want to stay and supposedly will take less money. (when have you ever heard that from a Jazz player?!!)

Jazz soft

The Jazz are soft at both the 4 and the 5. If we want anything out of this draft, we need to trade up.

There will be no coaching Boozer and Memo to be tougher. Those habits are already ingrained. No coach will make that difference.

People on this list are acting as if the Jazz is not a successful franchise. Compared with whom?


Sloan has 2 options

1. He can modify what he is doing. Modify the offense so it uses more outside shooting, more balance and less reliance on the PF. And he can design a defense that will work.

The above requires modification of the roster!

And most importantly, change his bone headed ways of approaching the game.

Most teams spend endless hours on video review breaking down each play and explaining to each player how to improve their timing, positioning and footwork on each play. It is a system. If one player is out of position or not doing what they are supposed to, the play suffers. Most teams rely heavily on very sophisticated stats.

The above requires modification of Sloan's approach.


2. He can keep the same roster and the same approaches and the same defense and get the same results until he retires or gets fired.

That is why so many people want Sloan replaced. He does not do the positive things that he can do to get better results.

The entire Jazz organization is in the dark ages when it comes to improving the functioning of the team.

They fly it by their gut.

LA had

1. a very strong inside game.
2. a strong outside game.
3. a strong defense.

The Jazz have

1. are dependent on their inside game mainly at PF but also SG and SF.
2. have a weak and erratic outside game that Sloan discourages
3. a weak and porous defense.

Those differences are why LA is a champion and Utah is an 8th seed loser.

Replacement Coach

Get Stockman to coach! He understands the strengths and limitations of the Sloan system better than Sloan. Further, he is results oriented and is a winner. I am sure he would know what to modify and what to keep. He also would not put up with any garbage from prima donna players.

Stockman may not be interested but Malone might.

Actually McHale was a lousy GM but a pretty good coach and the modern players like and play for him.

McHale did okay with a very limited line up this year. As I recall he beat the Jazz in Utah. That means he out coached Sloan.
The bigs would blossom.


I love how everyone is so eager to jump on the "sloan is the cancer of the team" bandwagon! Why should he have to motivate professional athletes to go out and do their job. Do any of you have to have your boss motivate you day in and day out to perform at the best of your abilities? I hope not! The real cancers on this team are Boozer (duh) and A.K. Two guys who expect that their role should be bigger than it really should be. Boozer really should've been the backup to milsap, because isn't that what you want off the bench is instant offense? And seems how thats all he's good for that probably would've benefited the team the best. But booz is not in it for the team as he mentioned towards the end of the season that he's all about starting thats what he's here for. As for Ak, he is not an offensive option that he believes he is, he needs to buck up and play D 1st and O 2nd. not worrying about getting touches. Play D and your O will come.

Florida boy

@from a Laker fan:

"...Free agents Odom & Ariza have both said they want to stay and supposedly will take less money. (when have you ever heard that from a Jazz player?!!)..."

Um, I think it was a couple weeks ago, when Memo said he'd take less to stay in SLC.

Can't say the Lakers didn't earn their Championship, but if any team could get a top 5 big like Gasol for an expiring contract stiff like Kwame Brown, they'd be playing in the finals every year too.

RE: Florida boy

I stand corrected on Memo.

As far as getting Gasol, I agree that was great and timely after Bynum went down. Gasol is thanking his lucky stars. (I will say after seeing him play in the Boston finals I wasn't as impressed. He has definitely become a better player in LA this year.)


Getting back to the point of this column...I would like the toughness that a player like Sam Young could bring to the Jazz. He's supposed to be a pretty decent defender as well...which is just what we need. Perhaps he could be the next Harpring...since Matt is clearly near the end of his career.

David Lee is available

for 7 to 10 Mill. Let Boozer walk and bid on Lee. NY is saving cap space for 2010 and will not match more than 7 mill for Lee.

It really does not matter if Boozer just walks away if the Jazz could get Millsap for 6.5 and Lee for 8. That would be cheaper than keeping Boozer only and the Jazz could be in better shape.

The rumor is that POR is trying to work a sign and trade but that gives NY a lot of salary they don't want.

It will be really hard for the Jazz to sign and trade Boozer this year for the money he wants.

Jazz Cop

The comment that coaches like popo and jackson don't grow on tress is on target. Jackson is good with big egos, and keeping everyone happy, and popo is the best game manager. Sloan is good in other areas. It's not sloans fault that memo and boozer don't play defense, sloan could not play those two, but is that realistic? Let those guys go, trade them, it's the only solution. I'm happy with sloan as a coach. All these antislaon guys are the same people who said the jazz wouldn't make the playoffs last year, and the first ones to shove it down everyone's throats when the jazz fell apart, some people take pleasure in negative results because they're more predictable, but this is predictable too, the jazz are not a better team with out sloan, if that isn't clear, it will be clear if sloan is pushed out the door. Just the thought of that ingratitude sends shivers up the spine.

No Lee

David Lee is known for his absence of defense as well. That would be like swapping boozer for another boozer; doesnt help us out any. Plus if you look at the salaries, we are probably gonna have to let booz walk, and we'll have barely enough money to give some more to millsap, some more to memo, and maybe sign a mid-level free agent. We aren't getting anything fancy for boozer, we cant afford it. I'd say find a decent point guard free agent with the leftover money (Farmar?) or use the leftover money to possibly move up in the draft.


The Jazz are over the salary cap and hence cannot simply "bid on Lee". The only way they can sign a $8 million player is by doing a sign & trade. Or an outright trade, I suppose.

Please Get A Makeover

Out of here with Collins, Knight, Miles, Brewer, A.K., Boozer and Harpring. In with Nocioni, Maggette, Crawford, Turiaf, Gerald Wallace, Jason Maxiel, Tyrus Thomas, and anyone with athletic toughness to fit the "Sloan" style.

Re: No Lee

Farmar is NOT a free agent.

todd to jazz cop

Maybe you should become a lawyer

todd to jazz cop

It is your comments why he is still there today and others like you, the minority happy season ticket holder, those few lurches that hold back the progress of this entire organization.

You know zero about basketball if you clearly feel, some of the suggestions being brought forth would not make the Jazz a better team. I watch many games many teams, it is not being arrogant and know it all. It is fact. I am convinced Bill Laimbeer and Rick mahorn as Assistant could walk right in and overnight improve this team.

Convinced and as "guaranteed" as Sloan being Sloan and his Sloanaholics are there for him.

I am glad i do not play under you, You then agree with his comedy philosophies of just boxing out 1/2 the court and "praying" the open 3 does not go in.

No thanks, keeping Sloan sends shivers up my spine...

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