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  • Scott
    Dec. 13, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    The NBA is as rigged as the WWE.

  • forgiving
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    You know I didn't like Boozer's early opt-out announcement and I didn't appreciate his last minute opt-in or trade attempts or summer comments....but you know he has been playing harder than ever before and that creates a pretty forgiving attitude on my part. Right now he is a total Jazz player, working hard, leading with a good attitude, and having fun doing it. The past is forgotten in my book. If he keeps playing like this, the Jazz would be crazy to get rid of him. Boozer if you are reading this, forget Barkley; he obviously doesn't have a clue!

  • @Jayson
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    Your facts are dyslexic. Try checking the stats on that. We'll wait...




    See, the Jazz win more WITH Boozer than without.

  • oregon man fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Carlos boozer is an elite power forward.

  • @tex
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    At this point, yes. Both are on the backside of brilliant careers.

    Booz played excellent D on Bynum tonight, after he was switched in the 2nd half, btw. Shut him down.

    Also would've had a trip-dub if not for late foul trouble. 7 dimes! He's emerging as a premiere passing big very quickly!

  • mike
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    I can't believe the Deseret News would actually print ANY comments by big-mouth Barkley. He may or may not be right but fact is that most Jazz fans love Boozer and hopefully if he does leave he'll do it with some class and show some respect for the fans that cheered for him for the past many years that he was here in Utah.

  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    I would take re @ tex Boozer at age 28 over Duncan and Garnett both sloowing down and each 33 years old

  • Jayson
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    It is amazing how quickly people have forgotten how over the last 4 years the fact that the Jazz have played better as a team when the rest of the team was healthy except for Boozer. The only reason they would have been worse off without him this year is because of a lack of healthy players, not because his presence does anything to improve team chemistry. Team chemistry is as important if not more important then one possible All-star

  • RE: @tex
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    Number do not tell the whole story.

    Would you really want boozer over a garnett or duncan?

  • Ed
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    Seems to me that the Jazz need to trade Boozer... perhaps even eat part of the salary.. but not try to get value for value... If they were to get a non-scoring defensive center who they could afford to keep next year, it would be great. Then they would free up money to participate in the free agent market and get someone really good in a position where they need help... ie. C, SG

  • @tex
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    "Doesn't play defense" eh? Huh?

    How come he's out-scoring, out-rebounding, and out-stealing his counterpart then? Let's do a little scouting...

    Best defenders at PF are Garnett & Duncan, right? We'll throw in "defensive" Bosh since folks are convinced he's "lock-down."

    Defensive rebounds
    Boozer 8.9 Tops in NBA
    Bosh 8.3
    Duncan 7.5
    Garnett 5.9

    Steals
    Boozer 1.1 Top 5 among PFs
    Bosh .50
    Duncan .60
    Garnett 1.1

    Blocks
    Boozer .50 We all know he's no shotblocker
    Bosh 1.0
    Duncan 2.0
    Garnett .70

    Add up each players defensive numbers
    Boozer 10.5
    Duncan 10.1
    Bosh 9.8
    Garnett 7.7 I know, I was surprised too

  • adam utah
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    what happened at LA ? MAN O MAN THAT WAS SAME OF THE BEST D THAT I HAVE EVER SEE, INTILL THE 4TH. MEMO PLAYED REALLY GOOD SO DID BOZZER ! I HOPE THEY R - SING HIM. WE CAN NOT STAY HEATHLY THAT'S ARE PROBLEM. WES PLAYS SAME OF THE BEST D ! I LIKE HIM. WE NEED TOO HAVE SLONE PLAY AEW R MORE, IF THEY DONT GET PLAYING TIME THERE NOT GETTING BETTER ! I LIKE ARE BACK UP TOO D WILL WOW HE'S PLAYING GOOD, ITS SO NICE THAT D WILL CAN GET SAME TIME TOO REST. DWILL IS MVP IN MY MIND ! AND THEY PLAY LA TONGIHT AND THEY GOING TOO KICK SAME BUTT ! GO JAZZ. KORVER IS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS ON ARE TEAM, AS MILLS AND WES. WE NEED 3 POINT SHOOTING AND D, SO KORVER GET BACK ON THE CORT MAN WE NEED YOU. JAZZ STEP UP ON D AND WE WILL WIN TONGHIT ALL THE FANS THAT ARE AT THAT GAME TONIGHT STAND UP GET LOUND FOR THE JAZZ. THANKS ADAM

  • I know the problem
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    Barkleys diet!!

    That dude talked more about creme cakes than he did about basketball.

    There is a reason he was called "the round mound of rebound".

    Now he is a fat carcass on a stool.

    Seriously though I think he just kept rambling on the point about boozer and it got blown out of proportion...although i do understand where he is coming from--there is some validity to his point.

  • Paul????
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    And Milsap has done what this year with all that $$$$$????

  • Gojazz
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Barkley your awesome, but one problem Boozer has been on fire of late.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 12, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    Wow suddenly so many Boozer backers? Fair weather fans huh. He never showed up except stats. Personally he is just selfish bustard. Good playing stretch will last as long as he wants but this time is different contract TIME.

  • Frantico
    Dec. 12, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    I'm so tired of people talking about Boozer's D. It's Memo that has to go! We need a TRUE center that guards the paint and is not afraid of contact!

    Boozer will be resigned. Mark my words. Then we trade several players and/or draft pick, for a star SG or center. Believe it or not... This team is VERY close to being a championship contender...

  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Boozer is not acting more positive to please the Fans, he is being to him-himself enjoying life and his game..

    Does not matter. He plays this way he can stay long as he likes to me. If the jazz had a very very good year (like getting to the Western Finals) which would be the only thing that tells me the Jazz played to the level of theyre talent losing then to LA, it is realistic...

  • Monty Montana
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    What does Barkley know! Isn’t he the guy who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling? NBA players are never guaranteed to be playing together year after year. The Jazz have the option of dealing him or keeping him. The other player will adjust. The Jazz inconsistent play has been around for years. The problem lies elsewhere.

  • Charley
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    And it should count for something that Boozer is a decent guy, clearly a good person, a good team-mate, a great cheerleader when he's on the bench. He's obviously a good dad and a person who has tried hard to make his marriage work. And it has also impressed me that he always stays positive. Never seemed to get too bothered by all the criticism, much of it very unfair Yes, he has talked when he should have kept his mouth shut a few times, but never said anything mean-spirited or harmful to anyone other than himself. If he should someday become a TV commentator we can be sure his observations would be much wiser and more useful than the kind of dumb flights of fancy we so often hear from Charles Barley.

  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    Ideally-the players if I were the Jazz this offseason I would like to have dumped (assuming they exit early in the playoffs because mostly of Sloan and the "sloanaholics"), AK, Price and Okur-start there. If someone sees good value in CJ and Koustos look into that. The Jazz could have survived with Boozer as small PF with a true center which Fez could have backed up

    When we did not get Okafor-we blew it. That is the one guy over anyone that could have helped out. Gorcat would have been good, or getting long defensive guy like A Pietrus or Bredrins.


    If the Jazz when had a chance could have packaged CJ, AK, couple of others in any type of blockbuster for a combo of Turiaf/Biedrins/Maggette and Jackson I think the Jazz would be a huge threat to Denver and a #2 seed. Right now, Denver is clearly the best in the Northwest Division.

  • todd to houdini and wicks
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    No Houdini, you are not wrong. I agree. I am happy with Boozer. Personally, I wish it would work out with hi,. I like Carlos I do. I wish all this garbage could be forgotten. Okur did poorly in the first half but did ok because I thought "Superman" (not) was a "non factor"

    Wicks: You praised SLoan today. Yet you are against Kevin. Let me ask, are you blaming all this on "O CONNOR"?

    If you are, there is merit and I will listen. I think it is both, but would like a summary why you feel it is more O Connor"

  • Houdini
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    Aren`t a whole lot of PF that are real good at both O and D,you rarely get one like Duncan,who comes to mind,Malone was good,but Karl was more of a slapper,which I`ve noticed Boozer is getting better at,neither Malone nor Boozer are high jumpin shot blockers,careful what you wish for,Boozer haters

  • Fez Pop
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    Don't get me started about fez. boozer is the key player for the jazz, when he plays good, the jazz play good, the jazz need to make sure he gets at LEAST 20 points a night; one way to do that, is put fez in, booz pretty much gave him an endorsement by what he said about howard, how much do you think fez could hlep boozer not pick up fouls, and keep him in the game? the jazz need boozer in the game, and they need to him to get at least 20 a night.
    it doesn't matter,
    jerry won't play fez asnyways, the jazz will struggle and itwill be jers fault, not mine; then someday, in a hopeless situaiton he'll play fez and then jer will blame him for the loss, typical sloan.

  • darkcoupon
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    so...the DesNews goes from ripping Boozer apart every chance they get to defending him against the national media because he's playing well? Make up your minds and stick to one script, please.

  • Miles
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    Without Boozer this team is 7 - 15.

  • The lapdogs
    Dec. 12, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    comment, by Barkley, was more of a dig than his "brick wall" babbling @ boozer. I watched the show; Barkley's comments were awkward/confusing and seemed to mystify Ernie, Kenny & Chris. Barkley is an entertaining buffon - don't drink the koolaid people.

    The jazz played three good quarters in L.A., swept San Antone, shifted into superhero gear to beat Orlando. Enjoy it while it lasts. And hope current roster sticks together throughout the season. Change now would be more disruptive/destructive than keeping the w.c. player of the week.

  • Idaho
    Dec. 12, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    Okay, really?? You want to get rid of Boozer and start Fez??/ Really?? Have you seen great things from Fez because I sure haven't? You think he will be the caliber of player as Boozer? Get real!!! Sure, Boozer is playing for a contract and probably not with the Jazz. SO! Let's ride him this year while he is playing great! We need outside shooting as nobody on the team right now can consistently hit a shot outside 10 feet!! We need to let AK go, Brewer has been great but can't shoot, so package him up for someone who can stretch defenses and shoot the dang ball!!!!

  • Sokol
    Dec. 12, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Barkley's info is stale...He is not the brightest bulb in the box....
    Boozer is the leader of the team...If Williams wants Boozer to stay, they two could still be special....For the life of me, I do not know why they have not been given a talented center.

    As I see it, they did figure something out though with Okur, you draw the big guys out to guard him and then Boozer has more room to work. This is their strategy...I think they saw how much Fesenko could help, so I do not understand why he does not get to play against the Lakers.

  • The real problem
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    Not just Boozer folks . . .Sloan is the biggest problem for the Jazz. They've needed a new coach for years now and just keep bringing him back . . .over, and over, and over again. The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Please Jerry . . .RETIRE already!

  • Enough Said
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    It is Boozer's life and body, If he wants to keep his body that way that is his business , He does not need Charles Barkley telling him what to do , It s his life, and he should be able to live it the way he wants, Enough Said Case Closed, Boozer is a good player for the Jazz,

  • Houdini
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:30 a.m.

    maybe I`ve been missing something,but other than the 4th quarter against LA,both Memo and Boozer have been working harder on Defense,especially Carlos,am I wrong...again

  • Doug
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    Barkley was TWD (talking while drunk) looking to say something to garner attention.

    Sloans system allows Boozers style of play to flourish andmake him one of the elite PF's in the game. That will not happen eveywhere. Did you see Malone in the allstar game without Stockton, he stood around and got 4 points with nobody to feed him.

    No doubt the Jazz are in a very tough position, as we don't want to lose Boozer or trade for a lessor player. The Jazz left on the roster would not be satisfied. Boozer knows the Jazz system and is best suited to that style of play.

    Jazz will gain financially from Harprings leaving, trade Korver, Price and AK and get a player of enough stature to make Boozer and Williams want to stay. Hey Kobe and Lebron what you guys doing next year?

    After that the pool of available good players get shallow in a hurry. Bosh will not come to Utah, nor others of his caliber. Without re-signing Boozer the Jazz outlook is bleak.

    One idea might be if Cleveland does not win the title they will be dumping Shaq for somebody like Ronnie Price.

  • BP--to Boozer haters
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    I'm sick and tired of hearing that Booz tanks it, or just doesn't care enough to play hard. Everyone who says that is completely out of touch with reality. Booz has ALWAYS played hard on the floor. The reason he doesn't play Tough D is because he's a finesse player in a Bruisers body. Everyone thinks he's a power player, but he's never been that. He just looks the part and dunks big every now and again. I can gaurantee you the coaching staff and management are not worried about him tanking it. They challenged him to play better D this year, and he's trying. For all you cynics out there, maybe that is the reason he is playing better D (not just because he's in a Contract year).

    The fact that Booz is a finesse player may still mean we should trade him, but it won't be because he doesn't play hard. It will be because we need a true POWER forward. I'm in favor of anything that will help the team, but stop cutting off your nose to spite your face guys. Stop following the crowd.

  • To Attack LA and beat
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    fun and gun teams the Jazz need more speed. Or they need one player like Brooks who can attack and shoot from the outside to go after LA. They need to get back much faster on fun and gun teams.

    Sloan should be able to attack LA the way HOU does. He has slashers. However he is lacking the Lawson/Brooks type player who is needed to cut the heart out of LA.

    HOU rebounds well (with a small line up) and shoots very well from the outside. Note those differences with Utah.

    Utah does not shoot well from the outside. They can't open it up against LA so they can slash or even run their inside game.

    Sloan is fully capable of beating LA with a variation of Alderman's approach. However, he can't do it without much more outside shooting.

    The Jazz improvise most outside shooting. That does not help the rebounding.

    Sloan needs to get a Brooks/Lawson (replace Price) but most of all he needs a dozen (plus variations) outside shooting plays just for LA.

    The Jazz can beat LA if Sloan adjusts enough. Utah needs MORE potent outside shooting.

  • Bob2
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    There are so many idiots in this state who are almost PRAYING for Carlos to fail so that their summer long rants about him won't be exposed for what they really were-namely: whining and pouting by immature fans because a player got injured and wouldn't get better as quickly as they would have liked.
    So now he's better and time after time, he delivers. He is the unquestioned best player on the team at this moment and still there are many who honestly believe that if you shipped him off and "PUT FEZ IN THERE" things would run a lot more smoothly and Fez would lead us to the NBA Championship. (Deep breath) I know Utah has the loudest fans, but to call them the BEST FANS is really a stretch with boneheads like these around.

  • Better than Boozer?
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    At first there were some chemistry problems. At this point most of those are gone as far as the flow of the game.

    As long as Boozer rebounds, hits a high percentage, does not turn the ball over and plays some defense he helps the team. Boozer and DWill determine if he gets the ball. He has to get open and DWill has to decide to run the right plays.

    As long as the Jazz can not get the RIGHT trade back they are better to rent Boozer. If he walks they will be able to take his salary and buy a very good player in a down market.

    The right PF is longer, plays defense and still rebounds and scores like Booz. That is a tall order.

    It is best for the Jazz to have quality depth than 3 over paid "super stars" who are going to get injured. The key is plan B. Outside shooting when other teams force the Jazz outside.

    If Sloan fixes that one problem and if the intensity/defense are good the Jeckle/Hyde will disappear to some extent.

    The Jazz are still to slow. Getting role players can fix that.

  • BP
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:59 a.m.


    Booz stays. The Jazz are a status quo team, not a shake-it-up team. If there's any reason to keep Booz they will. And I hope they do. He's giving them plenty of reasons to do that. His Defense will be a non-issue if we get a reliable 7 footer that can play Defense.

    WE NEED FEZ!!

    REMINDER: It's not like we need Fez to be an All-Star. All we need is for him to somehow aspire to the lofty heights of Osterspaz in his prime. Is that too high of a bar to set for the big fella??? I think not. Amazingly, we went to the Finals twice with Big O. And Fez has way more upside. All he needs is 20 mins a night. Besides his defense, the upside is that he will without question score way more on accident than Ostertag ever did on purpose. Also, Big O had to have been a lot more annoying to Sloan than Big Fez...so cmon Jerry play the kid and let him make some mistakes. He's our great white hope, the missing link.

    For the record, I'm not a Jerry hater.

  • texas jazz fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    c33 you're missing one big key- Ball is played on both ends of the court. Boozer has no clue how to defend. I'll give you the offensive side but there are 30 other pf's that can play offense. Defense wins games! I hate la but they defend and they help their team defend. Everyone is on Jerry about bad coaching but no one wants to defend. watched the tnt broadcast and orlando was scoring at will. They lost becase they got disinterested because the jazz are such a non factor right now. Why play boozer at all if you're not going to get anything for him next season. They playing him for a trade. If he's not traded before the deadline, his playing time will drop. everyone in the country knows he's not coming back. 1,2,3 is fine if healthy. 4,5 needs serious work defensively. move your feet memo and carlos just go away. he doesn't deserve the honors he's getting except that no one gets that this game has to be played on both ends of the court.

  • Pull the Trigger Kevin
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    Can't we get Okafor or Bosh or Deng at Chicago for Booz? I guess the Jazz are so set on having their power forward being the high scorer on the team, I say we would be better off with Okur as PF, Milsap at SF and Fes at Center. If we got Okafur, he would be a great center in the Jazz system. Deng with his 18 ppg and Milsaps greater output with more touches would help offset Boozers 20 ppg, plus both players are better defenders. With Bosh we could still get 20 ppg but with a better defender as well.

  • Boozer.
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    Barkley is out of his mind....Not one player has even whispered of any problem. Barkley has as much credibility as a man arrested for DWI, driving too fast so he can pick up his prostitute...What a loser. Sorry.

    Boozer is a great player and this year, he is the leader...If Williams is happy with Boozer, they have a nice combination going...
    Who could we get that would play as well as Boozer, no one.

  • One for the Money
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    Booz made it clear that it is all about the money. He is playing well because his mouth made his stock go sown. He has to play well as a free agent and the Jazz would like to get as much out of him in a trade. My opinion but it isn't rocket science...

  • STEVE-O
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    If Boozer's departure is inevitable.... that's life!
    The Jazz can just start Millsap or AK at the PF spot. Or they could even start Fes and put Memo in at the PF position.
    The Jazz have guys playing well at the 2 & 3 spots with Brewer, Matthews, and CJ. Then AK can be down low more blocking shots rather than chasing guys around the 3 point line.
    I don't want Boozer to leave, but he's going to. I think the Jazz would be able to survive. They'll just have to figure out something other than DWill to Boozer pick and roll in the end of close games!

  • louisiana jazz man
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    we all knew boz was going to play his butt off for a new contract. also know williams and millie was doing nothing untill orlando game. wasent getting the ball to boz untill williams was out a couple of games and manyard was in and got the ball to boz. then sloan a boz lover kept putting the rookie in plays more than williams did as a rookie why because he gets the ball to boz. millie not doing much of nothing. couple of games he lit it up the rest just going tru the motions. looks like boz playing for a big contract williams and sap dont want to help him get it.

  • Henry Drummond
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    Its a business. Everyone will tell you that. As a season ticket holder all I ask is that he earn his money while he's here. I think he's doing that. What he does next year is none of my concern. I feel we can build a championship team with or without him. If it works for him to be here, I think the fans will welcome him. If we were worried about players complaining about their contract Karl Malone would have been hounded out of town many times.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:01 a.m.

    Hey Utah Fan, you're right about worrying whether D-Will sticks around after his short-term contract hits the wall. Losing Boozer and not picking up a comparable replacement would cause him to jump ship.

    D-Will's not dumb, and he has the inner fire that all winners have that win championships. He reminds me a lot of the kind of players that Boston and LA had back in the day. I loved watching those two teams during the Bird and Magic era.

    Depending on how the Jazz do this year in the playoffs, even Boozer might stick around next year. He has that same desire to win it all, and so far hasn't felt the Jazz can do it (like many Jazz fans also think). But, with success comes happiness, and people don't easily throw away happiness.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    Hey, Big Frank, Fezsenko and Koufos are not developing because they have nothing to develop--no inherent "great" talent. They'll stay in the NBA because of their size, but will never be perennial starters.

    Still, I like both of them and hope that the Jazz can keep them around a long time, because "decent" bigs are quite useful off the bench.

    You're right that without Boozer this year, we'd have a tough time winning. No telling what will happen next year without him, even if the Jazz get lucky in the lottery with New York's pick. Drafted PFs, even if among the top five picks, won't equal Boozer's contribution until they've had a few seasons under their belts.

    With the addition of Matthews, and it seems CJ is finally looking like he can shoot 3s consistently enough, and when Korver gets back, the Jazz game plan will finally pay off with more wins than last year. It's based on paint scoring with enough 3-point threat to take the double-teaming off of the paint players. A pretty effective strategy that all of the tops teams employ.

  • I thought
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    Boozer's best friend in the NBA was D Wade.

  • Barkely Is Right On!
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    Booze is playing his butt off for a contract plain and simple. I would guess that people in the know and Charles being an ex-NBA baller knows, word is out there on this one with those that have that info. Remember Charles is super close to Wade, and I'll bet Dwayne Wade knows more about the situation than commentors on this web. It's plain and simple--Boozer is playing for a contract. He really doesn't want to be here, but he won't say that until he is gone, this is about financial security for him fans, and the only way he is going to get what he wants is to conform and play like crazy. I would trade him at the trade deadline trying to get some return because at the end of the year he will walk for nothing. And don't believe that he will agree to a sign and trade at seasons end because he won't!

  • Citizen_Jim
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    Admit it, all you Boozer blastin' tools: The day Boozer walks from the Jazz you all will have your heads buried in your pillows each night and sob yourselves to sleep.

    As far as Barkely is concerned, this man makes up it girth what he lacks in brains. Have you ever heard him say a thoughtful, intelligent thing in his life. He's like the dork you let hang around because he makes the rest of you look so good.

  • It's Boozer's contract year
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    Carlos has hot spurts this year just because it's a contract year for him. The better he can look to others this year, the more his contract will be next year. If we could have consistency and defense from him, I'd sing a different tune. I completely agree with Waldo.

  • Utah Fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:30 a.m.

    I think the bigger problem the Jazz have is keeping D Williams. He opt for a shorter term contract to see what the Jazz would do in the future to become a contender. He is the guy they can't afford to lose. The jazz need to build around Williams and show him they are committed to keep him. He's the franchise. Since Stockton & Malone I can't believe the players we have prone to injury. Not sure they have what it takes to play through injuries. Super stars seem to play through them, like Bryant,James,Nash,Duncan. Funny I can't name more because I don't think we have as many as there were in the past.

  • LBJ says
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:23 a.m.

    Barkley should just shut up!

  • Waldo
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    Let's be honest here. Boozer is now performing like he should have last year only to improve his marketability. Teams won't look at taking him unless he produces. Once he is scooped up, he will go back to being the antics that he has shown while at the Jazz. Just skating by getting a paycheck. A HUGE paycheck! He doesn't have the work ethic of a Karl or Stockton. It's a shame it what it is

  • Simple
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    The way Boozer is playing right now I have to disagree with Chuck.

    This team is not going through the motions. Sure they are still young and immature at times but realistically they are decent now most nights.

    Seriously though, if we could SOLIDIFY perimeter shooting from the trio of Korver, Miles, and now Mattews?

    Okur needs to go bye bye.

    Centers have to be able to defend the rim.

    Every time Okur actually makes a defensive play (maybe once or twice a game) the ESA erupts because it is such an anomaly.

    That my brothers and sisters is the problem.

    Defend or go home!!!

  • Give Boozer a Break
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    The guy's apparently playing his heart out.

  • Jazz Owner
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    Fire Kevin O'Connor! He is the problem. Can't spot talent, can't draft worth a hill of beans, and can't make the team better. He doesn't even try to make the team better from one year to the next. Please Miller family, FIRE KOC!!!!

  • C33
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    Sorry, Charlie. You're wrong on this one.

    Without Boozer, who has closed out numerous close games for Utah this season, the Jazz would be well under .500 at this point. Carlos doesn't panic in close-game situations, instead thriving.

    Among qualified PF's Boozer is;
    3rd in scoring
    3rd in rebounding
    3rd in assists
    4th in FG% (largely on that 17-foot jumper, unlike guys like Amar'e and Bosh that depend on playing close to the rim a lot more)
    4th in overall efficiency

    When pts/rebs/asts are combined, the list reads Dirk, Bosh, Boozer. There are you 3 best PF's in the NBA this season.

    But remember, Toronto's D is horrendous. I know many would like to think Bosh plays defense, but he doesn't really.

    Sure Bosh gets 1.1 blocks per game, but he only gets .50 steals per game. Boozer may only get .50 blks/game, but he leads Bosh in steals at 1.2 and D-rebs. And the Jazz, while no defensive standout, are way ahead of the likes of Toronto, there.

    Boozer should be an All-Star again this year, Chuck.

  • Big Frank
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    I can't believe all you insomniacs up in the middle of the night on the message board. My take on Carlos Boozer is much like everyone else's. I think Boozer will find the market out there much less that he is hoping for due to the economic downturn. The money out there is big but not what he will expect. He has garnered a 'soft defense' name for himself and somewhat of an arrogant attitude in the locker room. The Jazz are in a tough spot because there are no players on the roster to replace Boozer. The younger big players Fezsenko and Koufos are not developing. The loss of Boozer, who is apparently healthy again would severely damage the Jazz as a middle of the road darkhorse contender. Right now the Jazz cannot attract a player to replace Boozer. No way will topflight players come to Utah and fit in Jerry Sloan's scheme to make them a legitimate championship team. The Jazz need Korver to have another 3 point threat. As a team they are just too soft against athletic teams on defense. So I think realistically they will make a run at signing Boozer.

  • ron
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:59 a.m.

    and why is boozer playing like an allstar? He found out that nobody else wants him when he was looking so dumb. the better he plays the more attention he gets when the dealing is done.. If and when he does leave , what does williams do? Boozer is HIS guy. Will williams react the same way?? Me thinks the Jazz board of directors is caught between a rock and a HARD PLACE. GOOD LUCK.

  • Thumper
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:54 a.m.

    Boozer seems to play better at home. He likes to be liked and when he is in front of the home fans he plays his butt off. When he is on the road he doesn't play as well because he doesn't hear it from the fans. He does NOT like being booed. Injuries pop up when he has to go back to Clevland becuase he knows he stuck to them. He is a fair weather player.

  • frststrykr
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:40 a.m.

    Any NBA team who would have to face losing a player the caliber of Boozer should be heartbroken. But I agree with Barkley- his departure is indeed chisled in stone. Now that he's playing some of his best ball why not try to get something in return before the inevitable happens?

  • C33
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:26 a.m.

    Expressing a sentiment that "anyone would" like to play with Dwight Howard is just that. Simply a sentiment.

    You want to talk about toxic contracts, just take a peek at Rashard Lewis' salary. Orlando couldn't afford another PF if they wanted one. Jody's just stirrin' the pot.

  • Defense
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    "You got that big fella down there on defense because he covers up a lot of mistakes for you when he's as active as he is,"

    If he's referring to the mistake of him playing any kind of defense he's right that's a big mistake.

  • ********* ????????
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    I want Boozer gone. He is the Max Hall of the Jazz.

    And no the asterisks in the title are not swearing.... just trying to figure out why La has so many of them after their name. The Lakers are super cool ????

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    Barkely could be right, look at cleaveland this year, everyone thinks lebron might leave, so maybe chuck would say thats a problem in cleaveland; or maybe chunk wouldn't that cleaveland stinks because they have shaq?
    the jazz need to get some help in the paint, or toast.

  • Chris
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:09 a.m.

    Teh sad part is, is he is like a Derrick Coleman. Has the talent, but never maximized it. It is people like a Karl Malone, that are not as talented, who work their tail off, that become hall of famers, while others just go through the motions. It is that, because they are so talented, that they give us glimpses, just enough to keep us interested, but when chips are down, they disapear. Unfortunately, you can't trade him. We don't have the time to go through an adjustment period that can cost the team wins. We have to take this ride to the end, hopefully the playoffs, then say goodbye.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 12, 2009 6:57 a.m.

    FIRST TIME I EVER AGREED WITH ANY THING THAT BARKLEY HAD TO SAY!!!

  • John Wicks
    Dec. 12, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    Boozer needs to be resigned by the Jazz. Dump AK and Korver and free up the money to do it. If we had a GM it would have been done by now. Wake up Greg. KOC is a burden to the Jazz.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    The Jazz must of been looking to the summer of 2010 for the past few years since we've never really been consistent.
    Boozer struggled early in the year, but I agree with Collins that is had to do with conditioning and lack of outside shooters. When a team can triple team the paint it makes it hard for anyone to work.

    I can't think of any PF who I would trade for that we could actually get. There are a lot of players I would love to see in a Jazz uniform, but there is no way that their team will give them up (I'm thinking Bosh specifically). Players that we could actually get wouldn't be an improvement.

    And please, don't tell me that Milsap can carry the load. He is a terrific backup PF, but can't be a go to player over the course of an entire season. The best teams in the league are long (LA, Boston, Dallas, Denver) and Milsap's size will get exploited.

    We need Boozer and he's performing like an all-star. Without him we'd be 7-15.


  • Boozer still here
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:46 a.m.

    He won't possibly be gone before the trade deadline...he wasn't traded this past off season, why would anyone trade for him now as his contract expires?

  • Vernal roid
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    And let me get this straight, We actually give a rip about what Barkley says about anything? Barkley just says stupid things just for the WOW factor, I really like the guy but I would hardly worry about what he has to say.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 12, 2009 3:33 a.m.

    Doesn't matter. My LAKERS are going to win it all anyway.

  • Jayson
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:42 a.m.

    Boozer coming through on a few occasions does not make up for all the time he spent injured or didn't deliver.

    Jazz need to trade him asap while he is playing the way he is so they can get someone who might actually stick around and who will contribute to the overall team chemistry.

  • RE: He will disappear
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    Who do you imagine in your fantasy Jazz viewing that is going to be more reliable in the clutch than Boozer in the low block? Remember Game 7 at Houston when the Jazz won in the playoffs? Remember who delivered? Take a guess or go look it up.

  • He will disappear
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    Boozer will be gone before the season ends, after all he continues to disappear during the playoffs. He might find out when he goes free agent he is not worth very much.

  • Up and Down
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    Jeckle and Hyde has very little to do with Boozer. It has a lot to do with a lack of outside shooting to stop teams from packing the paint. It has something to do with a short bench that plays too many minutes and gets worn down and tired. And a short bench that lacks role players who could come in and win match ups.

    It has a lot to do the the Sloan biases that have been there for years and are embedded team weaknesses.

    Sometimes Sloan gets out coached. He fails to adjust or is to slow to adjust. Sometimes he does not prepare to win. He just trots his same old system out there knowing it is not going to work and pretends that it will.

    Mostly it is other teams exploiting Sloan biases and Jazz weaknesses. LA just went to a match up zone and the Jazz were helpless. Sloan had better develop a way to break that zone. He is supposed to be HOF. He has had a week to prepare for the zone.

    A good coach finds a way to win when the other team makes adjustments. Sloan does not.

  • THEeyepatch
    Dec. 12, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    I think that's just plain "TORRIBLE"!

  • I am with Barkley
    Dec. 12, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    Boozer is bad medicine for the Jazz. He refuses to take hits and defend, therefore, he allows as many points as he accumulates in many games. He is a pain to watch. Williams can carry the load, and, get or use a decent center. Let Fez play. Discard Boozer,the sooner the better.

  • I Hope so
    Dec. 11, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I would like to see Boozer back but Memo we Love you but you need to go. We need a center than can play ANY defense. Although we would miss your three point shooting you are a one trick pony.

  • JazzHater72
    Dec. 11, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    What is this news story talking about?.... You all know the Jazz are going to re-sign Boozer just like they did Sloan!!!