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Published: Saturday, Jan. 23 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chuck Nunn

At a Media Day that seems like 100 years ago, with media speculating all the previous month as to whether or not AK would be traded, or if he'd even show up to camp if he wasn't, I got the chance to ask him what his message for Jazz fans was out of all that. He said, "Always, my heart is with Jazz." I'd personally like to see AK finish his career here, although admittedly with a decidedly smaller contract if he re-ups. It looks like he's getting utilized the way he needs to now, and hopefully going forward he continues to start and continues to excel for the team and enjoy living in Utah.

Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

Andre's Lunchbox

We need Andre to open up his lunch box and feed us like this at least every once in a while instead of 2-3 times a season. We are all rooting for him but we cringe anytime he shoots the ball these days. If he could play that way 2 or 3 times a month, I would pull his lunch box out of storage and start using it again.

Theres the beef

His added beef is starting to pay dividends.

Ferg

AK has been the missing peice for years now. When we allow him to have a larger role in the offense it gives him more energy on defense. I really hope we are on to something with his recent play. Jazz fans will be quick to restart the AK47 love affair if he can keep this up.

Bob2

This kid is so talented and such a wonderful team player. When we get a big scoring night out of him the Jazz are awfully tough. As good as anybody. But heres the thing about AK--even when you don't get a good scoring night out of him, he's filling up the stat sheet in other ways as long as he gets the minutes. Look at it this way, who is out there on the court at the end of games (whether his shot is on that night or not)? AK is a gem--albeit an overpriced gem. But with his love of the Jazz, when his price goes down and he's still in Utah, he may prove a bargain yet.

DH

Playing a cellar dwellar tonight huh? A certain loss for this Jazz team.

Hugh Jardon

I agree, every time I begin to get my hopes up that the Jazz will begin to go on a roll they end up losing to a team like the Nets. The Jazz need to roll over these team.

AK

AK is out of place at the 3. If he was still in the 4 slot, his stats never would have dropped, and we'd have some defense near the basket. Put Payton Manning at wideout -- how good would he be?

Willie

Receiving $193,000 per game seems like a good reason for returning to form.

Anonymous

He quietly has been a great asset for the Jazz.
A great player who almost silently gets the job done.
No razzle-dazzle, no prima dona acts (relatively speaking, of course).
Just a good piece for the franchise.

Thanks AK!

Doug

AK plays like he has been drinking out of CJ's cup. CJ gets more fan abuse although he gets paid a fraction of AK. Sometimes CJ scores much more than AK.

Trouble with keeping AK is going to be next year when we pay him 50% more than we pay our 20/10 PF this year.

Plus when next season rolls around we will be getting valuable offers for his expiring contract and then it will be very difficult to keep him.

Just like Houston has the TMac lottery this season for his huge expiring contract next year the JAzz will be entertaining offers for AK.

If we kept our team intact and unloaded Korver we would be under salary cap and in good shape.

Were we to package Millsap and Korver for Al Jefferson in Minnesota we would be in much better shape. And KOC they are listening to offers for him right now.


Anonymous

At the beginning of every basketball season, we hear that AK added "15 pounds of muscle" over the summer or something ridiculous along those lines. Everybody gets excited that he's going to turn the corner with all this added muscle. The reality is, we know exactly who we have--a willowy, inconsistent player who shows very brief flashes of greatness--same as season one. He'll never be anything else, despite articles like this that give us a hint that maybe he's actually turned that corner.

die hard

Start Ak period. The only problem he has is he still doesn't understand how to work for and deal with Jerry.
Treat him like the franchise player he is and play him 38 minutes and we will find out if we have a championship caliber team.
Trade him and I guarantee we will never see a playoff or championship team.
He is the only Jazz player that is capable of completely changing a game for the better except maybe Williams.
No Head Games Jerry just put him out their and expect greatness!

Anonymous

Trade AK and we will never see a playoff team? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Jerry knows how to get teams into the playoffs. Championship is a different story, I still don't think that trading AK means we will never have a championship team, but the Jazz are always a playoff team.

Calgary Jazz

to Anonymous. You have short memory. AK led league in blocks twice and was elected to All defensive team - no way he would achieve that with just brief flashes of greatness. Those seasons he was consistent and great. It all changed when Sloan got Williams and resurrected his favorite 1 to 4 offense virtually freezing AK out of it and eventually cutting his minutes.

Ah shucks

Get that man a book of mormon!

hmmm

form..as in..him crying again?

CL

I love AK's game, he plays the whole game. His scoring is his weakest part of his game. If he were a good shooter, he would be a top 10 player in the league. Hopefully he will accept a contract the Jazz can afford and he can retire as a Jazz man.

AK the once a year man

AK's wife allows him one marital indiscretion per year.

How many basketball indiscretions should his contract allow per season?

THEeyepatch

I'm sorry, nobody has room room for 18 million dollar bench player. Good prospect my love!

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