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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 27 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Anonymous

I am as big of a Jazz fan as any, but let's all be honest people, it will be another season of the same. Good home record, horrible road record, first round exit. Believing anything else is just dumb.

Sloan said it best

it was the addition of outside shooting that caused the Jazz to win on the road. Horny played a little d but the outside shooting changed the inside game.

Home teams just pack the paint. Since they are home they get the calls. The Jazz have to be able to open up the inside to win. They also have to play better D. Sloan has consistently lost on the road. Part of it is a lack of D but much of it is his inside philosophy at any cost and bias against outside shooting.

A small adjustment in outside shooting to open up the inside could shift the road record a lot. It would produce fewer offensive fouls which would allow the players to be more aggressive on defense. I did not say Sloan should abandon the inside game.

I wonder who is playing D against Okur in practice? Koufos or Fez? Maynor and Wes should get better in a hurry just from practice.

I expect the Jazz to struggle without Korver and (to some extent) CJ. LA and SA would not be nearly as good without their outside shooters. Why can't Sloan learn from Pop and Zen.

Sloan really does not have

a choice. He is going to have to play Koufos. It is just a matter of time before Okur can't play a game or more. He always misses a few.

Fez fouls so much so fast that he can't stay on the floor for more than a quarter. That means Koufos will have to play and maybe a lot of minutes.

It is no wonder Sloan is on K2's case. Koufos will have to start and play starter minutes some games. Boozer is to short to play C in many match ups and even if he does Koufos will still have to play back PF.

If Koufos can just focus on his positioning and really understand the plays he could see significant playing time this year. If he does not the Jazz will struggle as the year progresses and the small injuries mount.

If Koufos takes a leaf from Collins he will prosper. He just has to focus on making the plays run smooth, rebound and shoot when appropriate and he will do fine.

Rich

It's always hard to win on the road in the NBA because the referees give the benefit of the doubt to the home team time and again. So a player who lacks confidence quickly abandons the game plan and stops trying to work the ball inside where fouls by the opposition are not being called, and he also stops bodying up his man because the officials are blowing the whistle anytime contact takes place. The solution? Play even more aggressively on defense. The refs might call a foul or two at first, but if the whole team continues to play tough, they'll start to allow physical play. Ditto on working the ball inside. The refs respect somebody who tries hard for a close-range shot, and typically they'll start to call a few fouls on the home team. You CANNOT let the refs take you out of your game.

Anonymous

Just play better?

Dubya

Maybe the Jazz should buy 2 or 3 hundred seats in each stadium right behind the bench. Other than that, looks like another dissmal road winning season. As the old saying goes, "There's no place like home." At least for the Jazz.

i know everything

Jazz can be one of the best teams in the league.. They just need to figure out how to win on the road or not slip up against bad teams.

Anonymous

"Wishing" to play better defense isn't going to result in better defense. There have been no personnel, coaching, or tactical changes...it will be more of the same. And if you think one more year of experience will have done the trick...the rest of the league also has one more year of experience, so that's a null argument.

If the Jazz do start playing better D, then I guess the opposing teams can just say in their heads that they will play better offense?

Get Veterans

That is the only way you win on the road and in the back to back games.

These young pups still mistakenly believe they can beat everyone with offense. It will take a few years of getting whupped in the playoffs for them to realize no matter how hard they try on offense it won't make up for lack of defense.

Young players always do this. They are very immature and know-it-all in their thinking. They don't listen to their coaches they just keep doing it their own way UNTIL...they get later in their careers and they realize they have no NBA accomplishments.

Then suddenly it becomes "important" to get on a winning team and have a chance to try to win a championship.

How many times have we heard the phrase...AND watched it happen.

Garnett, Ray Allen won absolutely NOTHING with their original teams. They took the money and piled up the stats.

Then later in their careers suddenly they are no longer happy on their teams and start complaining to get traded. Then suddenly it is important to win.

This cycle will be no different with our group of youngsters.

jazz fan..!

Please please trade that Loozer for someone that can
play some defence. or try to make a block buster trade
for someone that that can carrie us in to the playoffs. We all now that Boozer does not care about
wining,only his money.I think he will be a distration for the team.Just maybe Boozer plus Kover for a true
power foward.

thanks
Jazz fan

a must new addition

the Jazz need another Jeff Hornacek type of guy to win road games, the problem is there's not much addition made in the Jazz roster this coming season, the Jazz need additions like what Denver did when they acquire Billups.. having the same personnel from last season is I think not going to do the trick eventhough each of them emphasizes "defense" in their game.. new addition with reputation like "Billups" type should be made to change this Jazz as a whole.. still I'm still optimistic about our chances

Tell me PLEASE

Why do you think other teams will trade us their treasure for our trash?

It just never ceases to amaze me the stupidity of fans.

Gee, why doesn't O Conner just trade Ronnie Price for Lebron or something....I mean is that the "blockbuster" trade you want or what?

Rule #1

In a small market like the Jazz the only assets you have are your players. If you do not get equal or greater value in return then the value is GONE!!!

If we can't get GOOD value for Boozer then we are better off keeping his offensive talents and getting the VALUE of his EXPIRING CONTRACT at seasons end.

Trading him for trash will leave us with trash and no expiring contract with which to purchase new talent.

Please!! Go in search of brain cells...I beg of you!!!!

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