Utah Jazz: With Carlos Boozer gone, Paul Millsap feels no pressure as Utah's main man inside

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  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    Final Word,

    you nailed it.

    Milsap is very good bench player who can play extended minutes when needed,

    but he is UNDERSIZED, and over paid

    and that will always be a liability, especially if you want to win a championship,

    there is resaon he was NOT drafted in the first round,

    and there is reason MOST champioship teams have a good defensive PFs who are 6'10 and taller,

    emphasis on DEFENSE,

    not emphasis on offense (like the jazz system),

    and no amount heart is going to change that.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    I think CJ should start at the 2, and I hope that is what happens. Jody G. thinks it will be Bell though. I like Raja, so I will be OK with that but to me it should be CJ, especially if CJ is supposed to be one of the CORE players of the future.
    I hope AK starts at the 3, he gives us an advantage with his height and length.
    CJ has great size for the 2, but is undersized at the 3.
    I'm hoping Fes can prove himself, he is at least working hard, evedenced by showing up slimmer and in better shape.
    Has anyone heard how Ryan T. and Evans are doing in practice?

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    The Final Word, Boy. You just sound like you know what your talking about. I almost belived you. ha.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    @CJ Miles, The Final Word: Take two asprin and see where your half empty glass went. The combo of Sap and AJ will do fine.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Oct. 1, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    AJ will start at C with Millsap at PF. In most match ups that is a great combo, better than Boozer/Millsap.

    Paul will get all the time his fouls will let him. The key thing is he plays smart with intensity while he is in. When he is not AJ can move to PF and Fes/Okur can play C. If both are healthy and playing well that can be a great set of options at C.

    The Jazz front line should be stronger IF everyone is healthy and Fes is playing to potential.

    Okur has a good inside game when he chooses to use it. With Boozer gone and maybe fewer minutes, Okur's intensity and inside game should be similar to his first couple of years with the Jazz.

    Okur is a decent inside C when not deferring to Boozer.

    The big question is the quality of the inside D? Will Fes live up to potential? Will AJ play D? Okur tries sometimes.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Oct. 1, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    Paul is the MAN. He is humble and gracious, something not akin to many of the players in the game today. Go JAZZ!!

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    I think it is comical how the pie-in-the sky fans pour out their heart about how excited they are about Millsap and all he is going to do.


    Millsap is like 6'7"/8" on a good day with thick socks.

    If you think Millsap playing even more minutes is going to make anything better then perhaps you need to re-watch last years Laker playoff series. The Laker tall trees scored over, around, and through Millsap at will.

    I love Millsap, his attitude, his hard work, and his improvement in his offensive game year after year. Love it.

    The problem is though he is too short which compounds the problem we have defensively when you are playing a PF that is not much taller than some 2 guards or SF's that we play against.

    He is tough and he is strong but he is too short and if Memo is out to start the season we won't be able to stop a D-league team from scoring.

    It will be back to the same. Outscore most teams on execution except for the best teams with tall players which we will lose to...again.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    How is Paul the man? We got rid of Boozer and traded him for Jefferson. That shows that Paul is not the man in Utah in the front court. Jefferson will be that man. Sorry Millsap but the Jazz don't see you as the man who will replace Boozer.

    Millsap will always be a hard working but too small of a power forward. And please don't compare him to Barkley. He is no Barkley.

    I love Paul but he is not the man.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Starters should be Williams, Miles, Kirilenko, Jefferson, and Millsap. Millsap needs to play within himself and not be hot and cold, moody, but give the Jazz some leadership and maturity. The ongoing problem with the Jazz up front is the mismatches they will see versus the traditional elite teams. So, please fellow Jazz fans be realistic and enjoy the season. It's just entertainment. If the Jazz stay healthy they can do some good. Millsap, Kirilenko, Williams, and Okur have all taken their turns at serious injury. This cannot happen this year if the Jazz have playoff aspiritions. Conditioning is a year round proposition. Raja Bell can also be a plus if his head is into playing in Utah. I like what I see so far in Hayward and the other players that may make the club.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Oct. 1, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    Peopl keep saying we lost Boozer, we lost a 20-10 guy. But still, I would rather to have Paul Millsap.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    Paul u r the man can't wait for the season to start new team new life no more loser.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 1, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    They haven't played a game yet but for the 1st time (in many years) I am really optimistic about the Jazz.

    The player's attitudes and outlook this year are just terrific.

    Go Jazz!

  • Jazzman72 Springville, UT
    Oct. 1, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    It's Paul's chance to shine. Hopefully he can handle the rigors of being a starter, and hopefully AK will fill in okay as his backup. It will be interesting to see the rotation when Memo comes back.