I was a huge basketball fan growing up, played in HS, etc. For one reason or
another I stopped watching. Then came Kirilenko (in fantasy basketball). I
thought he was amazing. I've never seen a player like this! He would just
destroy any teams best swingman. When he first came in the league he would
consistently hold players like Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Kobe, Reggie Miller,
Tracy Mcgrady, even Allen Iverson to 4-17 shooting nights. I thought he was
destined to be the MVP of the NBA. I'm not even a Jazz fan, but AK
is my favorite player...and the cool part is it isn't just about him. When AK is
real good, the Jazz are real good and it looks like this team is going to make
some noise! I'm jumping on the bandwagon early!
Could anyone imagine what kind of player AK would have been if the Jazz ran as
many isolation plays for AK as other teams run for forwards Durrant, James,
Melo. What a shame. The Fact is that play develop depending on how
their coaches use them. If OKC decided that Durrant should be just a shooter he
(which they did the first year) he would never have developed into the player he
is today. AK should be catching the ball at the top of the key 10
times a games to either get a pick (to draw out the other players big man) and
drive to the basket. Or run an isolation play. He would have been unstoppable
james at 9:03 is right..!!!AK got the big contract because Sloan
didn't have player for 'his' form of play. When AK was the go to guy, even when
the Jazz lost they were fun to watch. Then came Boozer and DWill. I like Dwill
but you can see him shut AK out of the offense. And Sloan, he doesn't really
know how to properly use AK and we can see Sloan's confusion.If AK
goes somewhere else and they use him correctly, I think he will be a consistent
andrei is one of my favorite all time players, and has gotten a very bad rap
from many Jazz fans. Andrei could be a better swimg player, passer,
defender than Scottie Pippen on the right team, who would use a point forward.
His psyche was understandably hurt, when the Jazz turned over the offense to
DWill, who shut him out of the offense his first few yrs. Why did he
break down in the Rockets series? DWill, Boozer, Brewer refused to pass him the
ball on many occasions even when wide open. It does seem whatever rift was going
on behind the scenes is over.I personally hope he finishes his
career with the Jazz, but dont expect it. I will guess the summer of 2011 will
see him move to Jersey, or to w West Coast team. Yes..he is gettign
alot of money, but the Jazz were happy to sign him to a long term contract and
did so on the strength of his previous yrs play. It is not his fault the offense
does not always use him correctly.
I'm sorry, nobody has room room for 18 million dollar bench player. Good
prospect my love!
AK's wife allows him one marital indiscretion per year.How many
basketball indiscretions should his contract allow per season?
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
form..as in..him crying again?
Get that man a book of mormon!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Receiving $193,000 per game seems like a good reason for returning to form.
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?
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
Playing a cellar dwellar tonight huh? A certain loss for this Jazz team.
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.
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.
His added beef is starting to pay dividends.
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
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