Utah Jazz: Kyrylo Fesenko is leaner, meaner and fitter

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  • Citizen Jim Boise, ID
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    The Jazz need to take advantage of the new Fez Dispenser...as in let him dispense some pain on other bigs around the league. Do away with the pick n roll, and the multiple screen/read offense. Simply feed the big dog a bone and let him throw it down the throats of the likes of Gasol, Yao, Nene, Garnett, and Howard.
    There's a new Fez arisin' out West, and y'all best head for cover. Not even yer mums can save you now.

    Nuff said

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    It's astounding the lack patience the jazz fans have for certain players,

    especialy for cj miles and Fesenko,

    It take about 6 years for centers to develop,

    with fesenko so young and immature when he came, you can probably tack on another 2 years,

    Fesenko WILL be a good center in this league but you must be patient,

    fans seem already have already forgotten how bad eaton was when he first came, and he was much more mature, and never did develop any offensive game,

    they just him stuck out at the 3-point line to point out illegal defenses.

    Be patient, this guy will be the best all around center the jazz have ever had.

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    It looks like Al Jefferson has found the weight Fez lost. Jefferson reportedly came to camp 15 pounds heavier.

    Jefferson says it was by design because he was getting pushed around, but considering he has missed substantial time because of fragile knees, the weight gain could be risky.

    It's better to be pushed around in the key a bit than in a wheel chair.

    The Jazz gave up two first-round picks and Kosta Koufos to get Jefferson. If Jefferson is a bust, the Jazz won't have much in the pipeline to help themselves with.

    It does send a strong signal though, that the Jazz are looking at Jefferson as the starting center and Paul as the starting power forward.

    Have you guys thought about the depth chart and who are the likely starters this year? Will Raja start?

    The Jazz start their preseason with 2 games against Portland: one in SLC and one in PDX. I'm looking forward to seeing Raja Bell vs. Wes Matthews.

  • Steve-o Ogden, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    I don't care what any of you say! Fes is a solid center when he gets minutes. We can't judge a players performance when he didn't get a chance to play. I thought he did a GREAT job in that Denver playoff series last year. NeNe was literally non-existant. Fes flustered him and did well.
    The Lakers series was a different story. He got intimidated and lost his confidence a little I think. That's to be expected from a guy that got basically zero playing time during the regular season. Obviously nobody could handle the Lakers bigs last year.
    Fes deserves some minutes in every game. He'll either prove his worth, or we can stop pretending he's going to be good and drop him from the team. But lets at least see what he's made of!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    "Fes does nothing to help the team win."

    Then why is it that when Fes is in the game, the Jazz score more points than the other team? ( see: +/- Fes highest on the team. ) I would say Fes does nothing to help the team when he is on the bench.

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    jarron collins. hands down the worst player sloan kept around for way too long. JFFR. By trying to slam on the team and someone else, you just made yourself look really stupid.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    JFFR, Ostertag was the ultimate play every once in a while when you want to guy, the rest of the time he was terrible. Also was the worst offensive player in the NBA at all times, a 7 footer that couldn't even dunk. Collins was a great guy but the fact that Sloan was his buddy restricted the progress of Fez and Koufas by getting the playing time they should have had.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    Your next MVP!!!

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    J, J, J ... Nobody said Fes was perfect. But he has a role to fill on this team, and he's just going to be better this season than ever. Get on board the Fes express, hoss.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Oct. 1, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    RE: Bugoff --

    I agree with everything you say, except your opinion that "Fes is not planning on being here next year". Please clarify -- he's not planning on being here because he doesn't WANT to, or because he expects the Jazz will not offer him another contract?

    With Memo aging and being most useful outside anyway, and with Fes knowing the offense and defense, I would think, if he works to his potential this year, he would have a chance by next year to contend for starting at C. He wouldn't anywhere else. Why would he not want to be here?

    Thanks . . . .

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Oct. 1, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Fes is not planning on being here next year. That means he needs minutes to get a contract, much less a decent contract. Further, he has had time to adjust to America, Sloan and learn the offense/defense.

    He is stepping up because he has to and maturing a little.

    If Fes can execute the offense and defense, he along with AJ could provide the muscle and beef to give LA real problems on the inside.

    IF he can rebound better and maybe block, because he is in better shape, lighter and can move/adjust quicker, he will be a force.

    This is a turning point for Fes. I hope he seizes the opportunity. Center by committee of AJ, Fes and Okur is a great combo for the Jazz. AJ can spend more of his time at PF.

    AJ and Okur are primarily offensive Cs. Fes will have to improve to potential to become the defensive C the Jazz need. If he improves enough he can replace Okur next year.

    A front line of AK, Fes and AJ has height and defensive capability with some offense. That can be a good front line. Maybe good enough to beat LA.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    I'm glad Fes is taking his job more seriously, but we still need him to have a sense of humor--that's why he's my favorite player.

  • TheJazzDidWhat Washington, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    It's good to see Fes making more of an effort this year. If he can keep it up improve his game at all, the Jazz FO are going to wish they offered him a multi-year dear for a nice low price. Coming up next off season, he'll be getting some much better offers, most likely from Portland.

    Here's hoping he's worth the big numbers this season and in the future. Go Fes!

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    How can anyone be serious about Fesenko with his reduced weight/basketball abilities at this early date? The guy has wasted 3 or 4 years by not getting his head together with someone he may trust or build a relationship with to correct his deficiencies and be the man/athlete we would like to see on the court. I don't understand why professional athletes or teams can't get it together to develop these young guys at a early time in their careers. It is just mindboggling and mistifying. Kirilenko and Miles are other cases in point. It all boils down to the fact that the Jazz are a collection of athletes, or would be NBA athletes trying to compete in this league, hopefully as a team to possibly overcome other teams with superior athletes and individual stars by sheer willpower and effort. It will be interesting to see what happens as Malone was want to say a lot.

    Have a great season Jazz!.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    JFFR: Great stuff. Fes has never done a thing for the Jazz. Isn't this like his 4th year? Fes gets more love than CJ and CJ actually helps the team to win. Fes does nothing to help the team win.

    So until he actually does something, I am not a fan!!

    It's put up or shut up time for the big Fizzle.....

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    Re JFFR : Your missing the point, and you have a bad attitude.
    Fes isn't probably in the top 20 centers the Jazz have had so far but potential wise he has what we need and the potential to be better than Eaton or Ostertag. He is far more athletic than either and even though he struggles with his freethrows, his form isn't that bad.
    Nobody said his defense was that great, and especially not perfect as you are exageratingly saying but his defensive presence was a big positive last year and should get better with experience and playing time.
    You can take Polenice, Foster, Collins etc and I'll take Fes, he may not be as good as those guys yet but by the end of the year let's see how he looks. If you can't see the talent he has, maybe you need to go get some glasses that will help you see talent and potential.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    I am glad to hear about his physical condition but Sloan will watch for inner child behavior that he doesn't like. So, be carefull Fes not to blow it and be a man. Sloan respected John Stockton when he first came to NBA to Jazz uniform.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 9:07 a.m.

    Wait a second guys! I thought Fesenko was perfect last year...(right Chuck Nunn???) losing this weight was a big mistake. He's not going to have that HUGE defensive presence that he brought during those limited minutes. You remember that right guys? You couldn't stop talking about how great his defense was.

    Give me a break. One of the greatest Jazz centers? I'd take Ostertag in a heartbeat. Give me Olden Polynice's 25% free throws. Give me Antoine Carr, Greg Foster or Jarron Collins.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    Opportunities ... I'm hopeful that Fez finally 'gets it' and understands when goofing around is appropriate and when hard work and focus are needed. If he does, I believe he can be a tremendous boost to a team needing size inside.

    Time will tell but this sounds like Fez is headed (pun intended) in the right direction. Good luck Fez. Here's wishing you a tremendous season. Go Jazz!!!

  • TenaciousO Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    I like it I love it I want some more of it

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    Great comments commrads.

    Could it be that the stars are linning up for Fes to have a good year? I believe that to be a good possibility if his god given talents merge with his new found desire to be successful. Can't wait to find out. Go Big Fes!!! Go Jazz!!!

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Please tell us you've worked on your free throws Fez.

    I would love Fez to work his way into the starting center role and think he could do it but if he does he will be on the line a lot and needs to capitalize.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 1, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    His weight loss should mean a quicker and lighter foot Fesenko. Hopefully that translates into more rebounds, blocked shots and a better shooting touch.

    On second thought, if all he does is clog up the middle and play some defense I'll be happy with that at least until January.

  • Jazzman72 Springville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    This is Fes' time to shine. He's in a contract year, and should get some good playing time while Memo is out. Hopefully he'll take advantage of it. I'll be curious to see the rotation when Memo comes back.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    Sept. 30, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    He's lost another five pounds since Monday's weigh in, apparently. He looks like he's really going after it this fall. Has to be a good sign for both him and the team, since he'll have minutes available.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Sept. 30, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I personally think Fes has a lot of potential and could be one of the best centers the Jazz have ever had,(that wouldn't be that hard) if he will get serious and work hard at his game. That being said, time will tell if he has the wherewithal to discipline himself to be able to reach his potential.
    I'm hoping Sloan sees Fes is trying to be more serious and gives him more and more playing time.
    The fact Fes had the highest plus / minus of any player on the team shouldn't go unnoticed.
    Fes I hope you stay focused and serious and show everyone what you can do.