"I go from being in a Toyota to a Bentley. It's a beautiful thing."The Jazz are like a Bentley? While Jazz fans appreciate the enthusiasm and the
compliment, comparing the Jazz to a Bentley is like comparing Salt Lake City to
Paris. The Jazz are more like a good pickup truck, or even a John Deere tractor,
than a $300k British luxury car. But thanks anyway Al. Can't wait to see you
playing in a Jazz uni!
Our patience has paid off....Boooooze is gone and that certainly makes my day as
a fan. Kevin has done good. Welcome Al...we love ya. What a pleasure it is to
look forward to your play and life in Utah. You are our kind of guy. Keep up the
good work. This should be a great year for new beginnings and hope for a
Maybe Kevin knew what he was doing after all. Having Paul, Memo, and Al rotating
through the Center/Power Forward position maybe with some help from Fez means we
can keep up the pressure under the basket for points and rebounds for all 48
minutes. Now it makes perfect sense to get someone like Gordon Hayward to work
on the perimeter with D-Will and Raja. Have a "big" like Memo who can hit from
outside also makes it difficult to double team. Raja certainly adds a lot
defensively. If we can find out a way to stay healthy this team can go a long
ways both this year and in future years.
Folks, ya'll gotta be very conservative with what we'll get from Memo this
season. Best case scenario is that he's in shape with his shooting dialed in,
but he's going to be on very limited minutes anyway. It's a serious injury that
takes longer than 5-6 months to fully heal.However, if he can
contribute, if CJ has a breakthrough, if AK has a big contract year a la Loozer,
if Al reaches his potential, if Bell has one last run in him, if Hayward can
fill in in spots, if everyone stays healthy, the Jazz will be right there
near/at the top of the West.Catch a couple breaks from the refs, who
knows...Must say that so far Al, Bell, & Hayward have said/done
everything you could hope for, but loooong way to go of course.
I hear Mike James would like to come to the Jazz. He would be a serviceable
backup to D-Will, and would add some veteran savvy. Price is okay as the third
pg, and AK, CJ and Hayward are decent ball handlers in a pinch.
I read that Mike James would like to play for the Jazz. He would be a good
addition. He would be a serviceable backup to D-Will, and would give the team
some more veteran savy. Gaines would be the odd man out if that happens, since
his contract is non-guaranteed. Price would be ok as the third pg. AK, CJ and
Hayward are all decent ball handlers in a pinch as well.
Looking at some of the NBA analysts they have UT very high on their lists for
the coming season. within the top 5 and ususally #3. With Memo and Raja making
3s and spreading the floor part of the time and then using AJ, AK and Paul on
the floor at the same time you would have a decent defensive unit. The
possibilities are endless and I am gald it isn't my job to figure out which
units wo play at which time.This will be a great season and yet at the
same time a large learning opportunity for all the new players to find their
niche and work into the system. However Bell already has a leg up. Lets take LA
down this year.
I can see the Jazz resigning AK for a lot less money. He has already said he
would like to stay in Utah and recognizes it will be for less money.
AK will be traded by the deadline if the Jazz feel they can compete with the
Lakers by adding one more piece. If not, AK will play the year out and then not
be re-signed saving the Jazz a ton of money.Bugoff: Do you stay up
all night researching websites so you can post?
Al is my official new favorite sports person. I live 1000 miles away, but I may
actually try to get on the internet and watch a Jazz game or two.
Young Al is going to bring us a championship for sure! He's not all talk
because he's moved here so he can work on his game at the practice facility; a
real gym rat. It seems like we still need a shot blocking big man. AJ blocks 1
and a half per game (an improvement vs. Boozer) but we may need AK to do some of
that. Let's see if we can find a young Marcus Cambi out there.
Hey. Rudy F from the Laziers is a head case. Why would the Jazz want another
team's malcontent. With this team, the Jazz may have the best locker room
environment, even better than last year now that Boozer is gone. Boozer speak
was too slick and not from the heart. With D-Will, Bell, and Big Al the Jazz
fans will get the straight scoop. Go Jazz!
I hope that the Blazers trade Matthews to a sub 500 team and he finds out what
its like to play somewhere like that instead of for the Jazz who are set to move
I will take Big Al over Boozer every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Add
Raja to the mix and I am more excited for the Jazz this season than I have been
since Deron was drafted.
Nobody wants to play in Utah!! Waaaaaaa!!!Wait a second...
One more tidbit, fans appreciate more a guy who tries and wants to play here,
like Big Al, then some loafer with only dollar signs in his eys..like
@Cameron, Gasol, Dirk just to name a few.Bugoff, why you always a
buzz kill?This will be good for the Jazz, but even better for
D-Will, which is great news for Jazz fans like us! A happy Derron is a happy
Big Al will have the best season of his career this upcoming season once he is
paired with the league's best PG, and under the control of the Sloan system. He
has shined without such support--with it, the sky is the limit. Watch and
see...he will play at a level that he has not yet reached. It's gonna be fun to
watch. We will soon have a hard time remembering the name of that one guy that
used to play for the Jazz...what was his name now..Buzzer, Loozer...I think he
plays for the Bulls or something now...
I am excited to see how AJ fits in, and anticipate that he will do well in the
system.However, I am concerned how he and Sap play at the same time.
Seems to me that they play in the same general vicinity with the same type of
game. I do, though, like the thought (at least offensively) of the
combo of Okur's mid to long range shots and AJ's paint moves as they complement
one another. Defensively is a bit of a concern, but not any more than Okur and
Boozer. I think this is where AK really comes into play this year with his come
from behind swats.
I like this guy's attitude. He'll be a welcome addition to the Jazz.I'm glad we'll have a competitive team this year!
Utah Jazz fans embrace hard work and dedicated players. We respect work ethic,
and frown on guys that make comments about money. I really like Al Jefferson and
his demeanor, it is very positive and refreshing and should rub off on other
guys on the team. I am getting excited for the season to start! GO JAZZ!!
So what are the thoughts of the Jazz going after Rudy from Portland. They guy
can really hit the 3 and spread the defense for AJ
Big Al was a monster in Minnesota. He scored 23.7 without Deron Williams...He
is a great guy. In the middle of winter, 30 below, 75 degrees below with the
windchill factor....and all there is too eat in the fridge is Lutefisk, Lefse
and Head Cheese...and people are screaming hockey insults at each other....I
would probably have a whiskey or two myself...and crave to be out of the
American Siberia...known as Minnesota.
AJ will be an all star this year. He'll get 20/10, and with Boozer and
Stoudemire moved to the East, there's not as much competition left. What's the
list of better PF in the West?
I think they need to ease in Okur so he will be healthy the rest of the season.
At 100% health I would give the Jazz the nod over anyone.
"Music to your ears"? Wait until you walk into ESA for game 1 ... us Jazz fan
will bring music to your ears... you may need ear plugs!!! Welcome to Utah Big
Several things have to happen for AJ to be an ALL Star at Utah. 1.
The Jazz need sufficient outside shooting to open things up for AJ's low post
game. The combination of AJ at the low post and Millsap in the high post should
be very strong IF the paint is not packed. 2. With a healthy Okur in
the low post (and with his 3 shooting clear outs) AJ in the high post could be
even better than the AJ/Millsap combo BUT only if AJ improves his passing. If combos 1 and 2 are combined with enough outside shooting the Jazz
have 3 ways (plus running) to beat opponents. IF AJ plays defense
and the Jazz develop an interior defense then they will contend. Okur is still
weak on D and Millsap can be shot over. Stardom is predicated on AJ
improving his passing and defense dramatically. AND the Jazz having enough
outside shooting to keep the paint unpacked by torching Kobe and other free
roving SG/SFs who back off of the Utah SG/SFs.
I am so excited for the upcoming year. I think we are going to be awesome if we
can stay healthy.
This is going to be fun to watch. Go Jazz!
Al, on Sloan octain and nourished by D-Will feeds, will be one heck of a
disturbance in the NBA force. This is going to be fun!
abr2116 you mentioned someone named Boozer...who was he...is he related to the
I've already forgotten about Boozer! It will be great to see how they can
perform on the court - 52+ wins is my projection.
Welcome to Utah! It's a wonderful place!What you said is music to
our ears! :)
I'm just glad that we've picked up some guys like Jefferson and Bell that are
enthusiastic about being here. Frankly, I think this club needs a good shot in
the arm of excitement that we weren't going to get from Boozer...
So glad to have him over Boozer the mercenary. Also happy to have Raja back and
to see the Jazz tell the Blazers to eat Matthews contract.
Well he's certainly saying the right things.....
I'm glad you're happy, Al! Now make us happy and take us to the promised land!
the key to a good run by the jazz this coming season is okur's health. if he's
healthy and in shape, he'll be the X factor for the jazz. hitting 3s, getting
rebounds, clogging the lane(not necessarily blocking shots) and keeping the
other teams' big men playing honest defense. jefferson and millsap might be the
starters but okur's length and shooting would greatly help the jazz's cause even
coming off the bench. even against the lakers, okur would have a big impact
playing against gasol or bynum by simply hitting those long jumpers and giving
millsap and/or jefferson easier timer in the paint
It's music to my ears too if we won a championship. Stock and Mailman would be
the best players of franchise history but u two (dwill and al) would be the
heroes in jazz history if that happened.