Utah Jazz: Mehmet Okur goes through full practice

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  • Bigpics Spring Valley, NY
    Nov. 24, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    So, without a trade or injury, who goes off roster? For Fes, it's a cut it or get off the pot year, and in the right situation, he brings fierce energy in a big package, while Elson's contributing all over the floor in tangible/intangible ways. Hayward's just not getting the time he needs to learn the pro style game, so I say he goes D-League until an injury.

    The "congestion" isn't as bad as it seems. Jefferson's a very legitimate 4-5, Kirilenko's another tweener who can play a range of positions (sometimes all during one trip down the court). Millsap has 3 experience, Okur spends too much time outside for a 5 anyway, so can he defend 4's?

    A question is if either Okur or Millsap can keep up with the faster 3's. But in any case, while I'd trade Okur for a tough, proven 3 with a sweet stroke on 3's - I just don't believe in him in a late playoff round, sorry - if these are the Jazz, my vote's to keep Elson and Fez and play jam-it-in-their-faces ball.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 5:00 p.m.

    Imagine Iggy in a Jazz uniform. Igadola is a great perimeter defender and can do it all. The 76's want a big man in return. Utah has the trade exception from Harpring and the rights to Ante Tomic and could through in G.Hayward. I am lobbying for the Jazz to trade for Iggy! GO JAZZ!

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 24, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    I'm extremely excited and nervous for Okur's return. The previous comments have reflected all my thoughts and emotions.

    The anxiety I have is about who will start games. My guess is, it will still be Al and Milsap until Okur really gets going. Perhaps I am too worried about hurting feelings.

    Trading in this situation does not seem like a bad move, but we would need to make some serous magic to happen to get a wing who will really give us what we need.

    When it comes down to it, we want to be a team that can beat the Lakers in the playoffs. If we have Fes, Okur, AJ, Milsap, and occasionally AK working against Bynum, Gasol, and Odom, I think we have something much better than we have in the past.

    Now let's start rebounding!

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    If all these know it alls do know it all the should devide up KOC and Sloans paycheck!!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Re Gdot-aka-whitelightning : I hope your wrong, what the Jazz need is what Fes brings to the game, defense and a presence in the middle. I worry that when Okur returns it will cut Fes's minutes but what we need is for Fes to get more minutes and continue to improve so he can be on the floor more.
    If the name of the game is winning, Fes needs to be on the floor, his plus / minus is usually the highest or near the highest on the team. He helps the team outplay the other team while he is on the floor and that is what we want and need. His individual stats may not be that great but his impact on the game and on winning is what we need.
    There is more to the game than scoring.

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 3:15 a.m.

    Maybe, just maybe Okur will finally kick fes outta the rotation. Come on Memo!!! HEALLLL

  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    It certainly is a nice problem to have an abundance of quality big men. Al Jefferson has played well thus far offensively at center and can keep improving defensively. I think Memot Okur could play the 3 within the offense. Why can't he be the wing player we need? I can't wait to see him play again - wish we had a time table but I'll bet he's able to play in a game in a few weeks.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Re all previous posters:

    If I could choose to have a log jam at any position it would be at center. What a great problem to have.

    I also think the Jazz could use another wing, but trading AK, who will play almost exclusively on the wing when Okur comes back, seems counter intuitive.

    I can't wait to see Okur back in action, the Jazz are unquestionably better with him. He will provide the two things the Jazz are missing the most- rebounding and outside shooting.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Nov. 23, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    @ Jazz-Nation: i see it too...they have too much people at the 4-5...come next season...they'll get another one in Tomic...they need to get wings...and a legit 3-pt threat...why not Trevor Ariza?...Ariza is definitely a better shooter than AK...but AK has a lot of advantages...one...he could swat the ball...two he could defend multiple positions...and he is at his best when he is patrolling the paint and helping on the weakside...they need to develop Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans...not just through D-league...they need them NBA quality minutes...like they used to during the old days...where there wasnt a D-League....look at Morris Almond...he dominated the D-League...and where is he now?...rookies need playing time with real NBA caliber opponents to improve...i think...they should just tank this year and make it a season long practice session...so that they could build up a very strong chemistry....just look at the spurs...its chemistry that wins them games...if everyone new what they need to do...they'll win..

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Nov. 23, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    miami needs some players but they have noone to trade for and no money to pay.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Am I the only one who sees that the Jazz have a log jam at the 4-5 spot? All the bigs are playing well right now. I guess it is a good problem to have if your the Jazz. I still think the Jazz should make a trade to get another wing player, someone who can create and shoot the ball. I am not trying to be negative, but I dont think the Jazz need AK and his 17 million dollar contract. I would use that to get under the cap and bring in a shooter.