Okur is a great 3 point shooter and a decent rebounder.AFTER THAT HE
IS AWFUL!!!He is the Center and CAN NOT DEFEND THE RIM!!We can not WIN ANYTHING wtih Okur and BOOZER together and there is no question
who is more valuable. BOOZER!!Okur is a good guy, nice team mate,
good 3 point shooter, decent rebounder BUT that is not his job. His job has to
be to defend the rim and he is incapable.Trade him--there are lots
of teams that could care less about defense and would love a good guy like Okur
who can bomb it from deep.The dynamic defenseless duo of Okur and
Boozer must end and the sooner it does the more games we will win.
It shouldn't be hard to replace Sloan. There are a whole bunch of top notch
coaches giving their free advice and vast knowledge and understanding of the
game in these posts. Actually, the Jazz don't even need a coach. they
should just read the comments from the experts above, and pass them on to the
team, then we could celebrate our NBA championship next June!
On the subject of Boozer and Okur in the same game together: I saw them both go
for a rebound and their hands collided and the ball went out of bounds. I've
seen that a couple of times in other games. Can't they say "I got it"? real
loud? Okur looks likes he's gained some weight, he's slow this season and his
game is off. It can't all be Boozer's fault. I can't understand why Jerry
Sloan keeps saying the Jazz are a young team. These players have been together
for a few years. The only rookies this season are Maynor and Matthews. I guess
coach has gotta have an excuse for the Jazz's erratic play. Miles is
really in a groove, his game is really on.He pops 3's like they're candy.
...defender, but only if he can stay on the floor. If the coaching staff could
count on this, he would probably play 20-25 min per game, much of it on the
starting big of the opponent, but the kid still does not have the instincts to
stay on his feet and/or in front of people. Given all of this, he still should
be playing at least 15 min per game. At a minimum, he wears the bigs on the
other side down with his incredible size and strength, which is very helpful in
the 4th quarter. As we hear coaches say all too often, you can't teach height
and size -- the Jazz under-utilize this boy-giant.
Memo is not doing well, defensively he is a liability. Sloan needs to go, I
cannot support his substitutions and OCD mentality when it comes to lineups and
games by playing both Boozer and Okur together. However, there are times when he
can't and he knows he can't and he just plays them together anyway. Yes, every coach makes mistakes and then tends to learn from the mistakes.
Sloan develops patterns, that lose games, and then refuses to change the
patterns. That pattern of denial, that there is any need to adjust,
pervades the whole organization like cancer. At this point it is
more than "Sloan is stubborn" and refuses to adjust. There is a corporate
culture of not making any changes unless absolutely forced to do so. It is way
beyond "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". It is more like "if it is broke it
will have to fix itself."Sloan may have fixed his back to back
problem inadvertently by having enough talent (at very high expense). Let's see
if he can fix his road record (2-18 for 20 years), his lack of defense and
especially his inability to cope with tall athletic teams.A HOF does
not have these types of problems for years if he is trying to win and makes the
Trade Okur before we start dreading his contract like we do AK's.
Why is it that the Jazz may have the big body they need sitting on the bench,
but refuse to play him?Okur's matador defense is embarassing at
times....we need Fesenko.
We could use Memo ( but NEVER in the game at the same time as Boozer.) if he
would wake up and play some defense. When Memo's shot is not falling he is as
big a liability as Korver is. How much do we pay these two guys?Lets
bring on the Big Feller. It's time.
Sloan's comments: I agree with your defense philosophy. I believe that's the
problem with not having a great Center. I hope the front office makes a move
before the deadline and I hope Boozer decides to stay, or the get someone like
Dwill is taking all of Memo's shots this year so he can make the all-star team.
Why don't some of the critics have NBA coaching jobs? Sometimes Sloan makes
mistakes. Who doesn't?
We are still a young team and have a lot to learn. Pathetic thats what that
statement is! How long does it take to learn this Sloan system that doesn't
work? What about your defensive philosopy Sloan? Do you still think double
teaming every player with the ball and leaving shooters wide open uncontested
shots is the right thing to do? Again pathetic! Running your offense has since
day one even with the great Karl, Stock, and Horny put your teams at the very
top in the league every year in turnovers. Who's kidding who here?
Wheather it be missing shots, turn overs, laziness, missing foul shots or
whatever,with the depth that Coach Sloan has on the bench it should be. . ."If
you don't produce you collect pine"! Interesteringly, thats the way it was when
we won the state championship. It created an interesting situation in the locker
room. We were friends but when we got on the floor we had one goal and that was
to do your part and win. Earn your start or sit down. For the first time coach
Sloan has a healthy roster that is pretty good. Now lets see if he can pull a
PJ for the fans.
enough depth to win back to backs. On Okur, Boozer has taken more of
the inside looks. That is partly Boozer getting open and partly DWill hitting
Boozer instead of Okur who is pulling his man out so Boozer can get open. The ball movement tends to break down when the other team disrupts
DWill, the bigs inside can't get open, the screens are weak, the passes go down
and the outside shooting goes up, the defense is tall athletic and switches
well. All of the above are related and result in the Jazz standing
around pumping up jump shots with little hope of rebounds.This is
why the Jazz are so erratic. The Sloan system is inherently erratic and often
dependent on the defense of the opponent.Sloan of course can fix the
above problems by making substitutions. However, he often does not because that
would alter his set rotations.He also could alter the offensive
plays (which he did last year). It really is a matter of coaching
and preparing for each team instead of just showing up (coaches and players).
Cannot coexist Boozer and Memo