Utah Jazz notebook: Carlos Boozer is targeting Saturday return

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  • Not a hater
    Feb. 4, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    Hate is a very strong word Mr. Gabey. We don't hate Boozer, we just recognize the wasted investment he has been. He took it to Cleveland so that he could land an insane contract (reeks of me/me) and then he has not earned his pay here. With as much sick time as he has taken his pay per game played is obscene. How could you forget all those games that he missed? I fire prople who contribute much more than he has for much less. Oh, and I don't hate them either, just need more out of them for what I pay them. Now give me my Nintendo back.

  • gabe
    Feb. 4, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    Yeah, people who hate Boozer are about 13 years old posting because they have nothing better to do. Now go play with your Nintendo !

  • north-jazzfan
    Feb. 4, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Why are so many people down on getting rid of boozer? I used to be one of the biggest Boozer fans around, but then his actions over the past couple of years completely turned me off.

    I would love it if the Jazz kept Boozer IF he can show that he truly cares about more than just a pay check. I think the reason so many people are on here saying we should get rid of him is because he said himself, he wants out. He's never fully retracted that statement, so I expect that he will be gone in a year's time whether we trade him or not.

    Also, why should any player expect any fan loyalty after behaving so selfishly? Players need to remember where their paychecks really come from. Even Allen Iverson was appreciative of the 76ers fans despite being traded to another team. A fan base had opened their hearts to him and he loved them for it. I wish Boozer could say the same.

    (never thought I'd be holding up AI as a positive role-model)

  • How About
    Feb. 4, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    The 4 above mentioned jazzmen for Robinson, Jeffries, and David Lee from the Knicks? Throw in their 1st round pk if needed as we don't need more young players that take 4 or 5 years to mature!

  • Say Boozer Where's Mickey?
    Feb. 4, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Your buddy the cruise ship owner would like you to be one of his greeters, ala Wal Mart you know. We need talent here but the me only attitudes we can do without! Your a proven commodity here, with your me first mentality. Get something done quick management, and move on. There are too many players here with positive attitudes and desires and the last thing we need any longer is the ME, ME, first mentaity! How about this Boozer, Miles, Brewer and Price for Hindrich, Deng and Thomas from the Bulls?

  • RE: New York Jazz | 5:03 p.m.
    Feb. 4, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    What diffence has he made?

    what game has he changed?

    did you miis the playoffs against the lakers last season?

    I have seen that jazz win and lose against good teams with or without him.

    HE MAKES NO DIFFERNCE , he is a NON factor, he simply takes rebound opportunities and shots away from other team mates

    The story the other day said boozer is nursing an injury,

    I think MILKING it is more accurate.

    The sooner the jazz trade him the better.

    hopefully for some ono taller longer and better defensively.

    The jazz obviously don't need his offense.

  • Please, Please, Please....
    Feb. 4, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    Just go ahead and trade this guy. He has one injury after another. Millsap is awesome and should be starting. Get whatever trade you can get for this guy and move on without him.

  • New York Jazz
    Feb. 4, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    There is no doubt that Boozer is a better talent than Millsap. Boozer is a difference maker, a game changer, a first-rate talent. You simply can't watch Boozer play without concluding that, no matter how badly people want to trash him. Millsap is a "good" player, but Boozer is a game changer. There's a big difference.

    Now, maybe Millsap fits in better with an organization that has made larger financial commitments to two other players--DWill and AK47. And there's nothing wrong with that. But to say that Millsap is a better player, a more talented player, than Boozer simply does not make any sense whatsoever.

    I suspect the Jazz will try to sign Boozer to a new contract. There's no doubt the Jazz organization appreciates his dominance on the court.

  • trade him for what?
    Feb. 4, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    What player are you going to get here that is averaging 20 and 10? For cap relief? His contract is done after the year.

  • Calgary Jazz
    Feb. 4, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    C33: ridiculous comment. It is enough to see players smiling and having fun when Boozer is not around and you do not need any stats to prove that Jazz are better without him and enjoying it. Boozer is black hole on defense and everybody needs to help cover his defensive lapses. Now you have all 5 guys who are hustling and care about defense and it shows. Trade Boozer.

  • Hmmm
    Feb. 4, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Finds it funny that the same people that were calling for Boozer's head in the summer are now defending him to the bitter core... Yeah, that's pretty much your typical hypocritical, fickle Utah sports fan.

  • Haters Hater
    Feb. 4, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    @Haters: So if Memo were "a big [black] guy that can just shoot threes", would people want him?

  • Trade?
    Feb. 4, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    I am not exactly sure where to post this, but as I have been watching the games it has become apparent that Boozer is not the one the Jazz should trade, but instead they need to trade either Miles, Brewer or Korver (but he has expiring contract) to free up time at the 2 and 3. I am just wondering who you guys would trade of those three.

  • PCJazzfan
    Feb. 4, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Trade Boozer and Miles for Joe Johnson.

  • Karl.
    Feb. 4, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    Listen to the comments of the team, including Williams. The team comes together when Boozer is out. They have more fun, they play better. Yes, Boozer has numbers. But, if you have watched the Jazz, you see a team, not players going for numbers, when he is out. There is more movement, more flow. That's to say nothing of defense. Boozer needs to move on. Trade him for a 2 guard.

  • return...
    Feb. 4, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    return to the lakers along with andrei and then the jazz get bynum???

  • VJ
    Feb. 4, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    I see Boozer as a vacuum, he sucks the energy,the fun, the life, the game,etc. out of his teammates. I won't deny that he has talent and can put up good individual numbers, but I question as to whether he makes the Jazz a better team day in and day out. He appears to be a very selfish person/player.

  • Haters
    Feb. 4, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    if my memory serves correct, the jazz won five in a row with booz in the comment and one night he had 21 and 20, he is a great big man and okur is a poser. No one wants a big white guy that can just shoot threes. Milsap Boozer starting together go small and fast

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    Boozer is horrible. Milsap can keep up these stats all year long. The guy is for real. Whoever says he can't keep up his awesome play is crazy! Paul Rocks!! Louisianna Tech 4 life!!!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    The Jazz would be better without Boozer!

  • RE: Calgary Jazz
    Feb. 4, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    Great points. I agree 100%. If nothing else the guys work hard for playing time and when Booz goes down they get it. I think that is what we are seeing right now with everyone playing well. Keep it up Jazz, Bye Bye Boozer!

  • re: Houdini
    Feb. 4, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Trade AK to Lakers for Walton?...whaaat? are you crazy or are you a Laker fan? ...well, obviously! Walton is one of those name-association draftee ...but he looks like he belongs on a high school/average college team. GO JAZZ!!

  • james p
    Feb. 4, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    houidini, what if instead of wasting energy wishing for an AK trade, you waste it wishing he'd show up at every game like he has been for the last half-dozen or so? wouldn't that be way more helpful right now, instead of thinking about the future?

    everybody on here is so down on the jazz lineup. whine about trades in the offseason, now is not the time.

  • Mike
    Feb. 4, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    NOOOOOO! Boozer looks best behind the bench with his shiny earrings and ugly suits. We all remember what happened last year...

  • Houdini
    Feb. 4, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    Sign Boozer to a long term contract, trade AK to Lakers for Walton, Move Millsap to the 2, start Matthews at the 3, bench Brewer, Go Jazz,,

  • C33
    Feb. 4, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    "Bozers stats are great with him in lineup, he doesn't make others better around him."


    Boozer has been in the top 5 in assists among ALL bigs in the NBA, all year long. His sneaky passes from the post to a cutter are highly underrated and reminiscent of another interior passer from the Jazz's history.

    Booz returning Saturday couldn't be better news! K-Mart has been beastin' it and Nene causes all kinds of trouble for the Jazz. They're a strong and big pair, so depending on only Millsap and Memo for interior defense would be suicide.

    And if you think Boozer isn't needed consider this; During the current streak, with Booz in the Jazz were winning with a +15 point differential. With him out that has dropped to +10.7.

  • todd to doug
    Feb. 4, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    you never learn do you?

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    Boozer is a great player, but Memo and Andre are better players when he is not playing.

    The Jazz are getting to be a great team either with our without him. The question is whether keeping him makes them enough better to justify the cost.

    Remember, when he is not there, the other guys seem to play better.

  • to Doug
    Feb. 4, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    You criticize "us" for the exact same thing that you just did, have an opinion. You are absolutely wrong on this one. Boozer doesnt fit in here and should move on. Perhaps watching another team from your front room would be better for you, maybe the team that Boozer land on when he is traded.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    I for one is going to be happier to see Boozer back now they are unstopable!!!! GO JAZZ!!!!!

  • Calgary Jazz
    Feb. 4, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    No they are not great with Boozer in lineup - Bozers stats are great with him in lineup, he doesn't make others better around him. Just wait till he comes back and messes things up just like last year. It is now perfect time to trade him. Do it O'Connor!

  • Doug
    Feb. 4, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    Lots of anti Boozer writing. Too bad you don't ask a coach of 20 years or perhaps read what he says. You may think you are brighter or smarter or more experienced or perhaps think an armchair coach is more valuable than one who has done this so long.

    Perhaps coaching another team from your front room would be better for you, the Warriors are always changing as are the Knicks. Perhaps those teams would enjoy some banter about not having a premier pf play for their team.

    Boozers numbers, attitude and professional style speak for him and I am wondering what speaks for you guys who think you are a better coach than Sloan.

  • Under the bus!
    Feb. 4, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    Because dollar for dollar this guy has not earned his massive contract. Have you forgotten how much time he has not played since he has been a Jazz player? His coming and going because of his frequent injuries is what disrupts this team and keeps them from really grabbing any momentum. His MO has been that his time off is not equal to the severity of his injury and interestingly enough, even in a contract year, he is injured again. For those reasons this team would be better off without him. Plenty of talent go around. Shed the Booz and build around the remaining core players. That would be the right business decision.

  • GregH
    Feb. 4, 2010 6:15 a.m.

    Most people that make comments on here about Boozer are just haters that want to talk crap about Boozer because of the comments he made. Remember, the people that write on these blogs are not screened and just like to stir up trouble. It could be some 13 year old at home writing some stupid statement because Boozer made him mad. So, people saying these comments about Boozer are crazy, yes! The Jazz have won 11 of last 12 and Boozer only missed three of those games.

  • Re: GREAT?
    Feb. 3, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Why are you guys throwing Boozer under the bus? We were playing great with him in the lineup as well. We were already on a three-game winning streak and were looking to win our fourth (at Portland) when Boozer got injured. The Jazz are even better with Boozer in the lineup. Personally, I think they should start Boozer AND Paul Millsap (Boozer at Center). Bring Memo off the bench as the backup to both the power forward and center positions. Either way, I think either Boozer or Millsap should always be on the floor.

  • GREAT?
    Feb. 3, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Just when the Jazz were on a roll...now it's back to losing!

  • Jazz Fan
    Feb. 3, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Of course Boozer is coming back so quickly it's a contract year! If this injury happened any other year he would have milked it for several months.

  • Don't bother
    Feb. 3, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    You were not missed Carlos. Take your time on the return because the team plays better when you are watching. Great game today against Portland. Great energy. And some of the missing players are back to making a greater contribution. Rest up Boozer, we are fine.