Brad Rock: Utah Jazz: It's time to summon vintage Boozer

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  • bigjazzfan
    May 2, 2008 5:42 p.m.

    This article whole assumes there is a vintage boozer.

    That cannot be further from the truth.

    Boozer has actually never changed, he is playing like he always does,

    It just that every one has figured out the jazz.

    And as ususal sloan makes adjustments like a glacier.

    If you guys want a championship team get rid of the ilk like sloan and boozer and build the team right. Build team that can win a championship.

    You can not win championship without a first teir player (a player who was first team nba or first team defense the previous year)

    Closest thing they have to that is AK who is 2nd teir because he made 1st team defense in the past.

    Deron may make it someday but boozer never will.

    And the jazz will never win it because they don't have bigmen whose priorty is defense.

    Boozer and sloan must go for championship future.

  • Killer instinct...
    May 2, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    Where did it go? I saw a glimpse of it when Deron threw it down over I think Battier in game 4 but other than that, where is it? The Jazz have not impressed or shown their true potential all series. Lets just hope they find that killer instinct and put mclady and the roctkettes away early...

  • JAFO
    May 2, 2008 10:35 a.m.

    The reason boozer can't beat mutombo off the dribble is those size 25 feet, and mutombo tripps him up and anyone else that comes close. If sticking his feet out doesn't do the trick then mutombo has the sharpest elbows in the league to aid his defensive prowess.

  • Jazz Fan (The Original)
    May 2, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    The fact of the matter on Boozer, in his defense is that Houston has digested the film, and have devised a plan to take Boozer, and Okur out of their comfort zones. They have the athletes to do this. The Jazz have not adjusted to it. The Jazz are basically not quick enough get to the rack, but they must try. The idea is go to the hole and force fouls on the front line of the Rockets. Battier is hobbled, Tracy is hobbled...Mutombo is decrepit.....Boozer must reverse pivot on him, when he is down deep in the lane, and go strong to the basket. So far, Boozer has not been aggressive enough....however, in his defense, he is being denied the ball.....and Deron is dominating the ball too much. If Brewer is fit enough....which is doubtful with his groin and other leg injuries....he needs to shoot more....Okur needs to square up quicker and get his perimeter shots off quicker. I have noticed that the Jazz are not passing crisply enough, which leads to turnovers....Jazz need to push the ball more, and put a body on more in Landry, who is killing them on the boards and in the lane.

  • ID Jazz
    May 2, 2008 10:08 a.m.

    The last three games have opened with the picknroll and Boozer pulling up for a foul line jump shot. That is unacceptable!!! That lets them guard the Jazz perimeter where the other four guys are standing. How hard is it for Houston to play Defense when they are guarding five guys on the perimeter. If Boozer drives in at least they will double and someone is open for an uncontested jump shot, but foul line jump shots lets Rockets contest all players jump shots. Its all on Boozer to get the Jazz the win tonight. If he settles for jumpers we loose. If he will take it inside the Jazz run away with the win.

  • Funny
    May 2, 2008 10:02 a.m.

    I think it's hilarious when sports fans think they have all the answers. You don't think that Jerry and his staff have looked at every single solution. Here's an idea. Forget about coaching, be a fan. Go Jazz!

  • Better Defender
    May 2, 2008 9:02 a.m.

    Hey we can say all we want about Boozer taking it to Yao last year. But the fact of the matter is that Mutombo is a better defender than Yao will ever be. Yes he might be old, but this old man's arms are like tree limbs in a tornado they go everywhere. If we can get memo to MEMO that he needs to take it inside to make a switch from Mutombo to Memo instead of Mutombo to Boozer. We do this then Boozer will have his kingdom inside the paint back.

  • Help Boozer
    May 2, 2008 7:06 a.m.

    Three things would make a big difference for Carlos. First is when they are running plays for him, their spacing is terrible. Players don't have to move far to establish effective double and tripple teams. Second, if Booxer woud be aware of the inside out pass (and if the outside shooter would hit) it would help him out. Third, evidently there is an unwritten NBA rule that players over 40 are allowed to play defense with both hands on the player they are defending.