He's baaaack: Mehmet Okur will return to action tonight

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  • MR Draper, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    Makes total sense to inactivate Evans. He averages over a point a minute of play time, provides instant offense and energy, gets the crowd involved .... Who wants that? Great move!

  • jazz_man Fajardo, PR
    Dec. 17, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    Welcome back Memo!!!

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    I fear the Jazz may have fallen into the typical trap: They know the Hayward pick, at best, is years away from working out. But they won't admit it so Sloan is ordered to keep playing him. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

    Watch Evans wind up on Portland for nothing.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    Insane to inactivate Evans instead of Hayward. Typical Sloan, would never dream of using a 'big' lineup or anything unusual that might force the other team to adjust, gotta go 1-2-3-4-5, by the book.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    glad to have memo's shot back...but I like Els, Fess & Jeff on D! Anyhow....glad to have the Moneyman back. I hope Sloan just blends him in lightly off the bench. Maybe for a few of AK's minutes

  • UkJazz W-Ton, Uk
    Dec. 17, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    The best of luck Memo !!!! Take it easy man, nice n slow, there is plenty of time to get back to full speed...

  • Ted's of Beverly Hills Las Vegas, Nevada
    Dec. 17, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    I have a feeling he isn't rushing anything. I hope he stays healthy.

  • I Will Be Till I Die Holladay, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    I find it extremely refreshing to see someone want to "give it a try" instead of waiting till they feel they are 120% healthy (not naming names, but it rhymes with loser...)

  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    I think that they team isn't sure if Raja is really fully healed. If he isn't able to play his normal minutes they need Hayward to fill in is minutes, it is about position that they play. Because clearly Evans has played the best out of the two rookies.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec. 17, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Neither one will get amny minutes now so it is a mute point. With Memo back I'm more concerned about our rotation and flow. Is he #1 or #2 off the bench for the forseeable future given how Milsap and Big Al have played. I think he comes in before anyone else (to include Miles) but those 3 will split the majority of big men minutes. One thing is certain is 1-7 on this team is probably deeper than any other team. Miles and Okur can start on several teams in this league and having them both on the 2nd team makes the 2nd team nearly as good as the first team. Hope he has his shot still!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Why put Evans on the inactive list while keeping Hayward active? That seems so confusing to me. We have Memo now, so we don't need Hayward's airballs anymore. Send him to Orem to get his confidence back. Let Evans play!

  • Ute Fan In Utah West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    Much rather have Evans than Hayward. Evans is just plain fun to watch.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    Great to have Memo back. I look at this roster we have and one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is the log jam we have at the 4-5 spots. Having a log jam of bigs in the NBA is not a bad thing, but not having a solid starting shooting guard that van defend the perimeter and giv3 you 15+ points a night is a glaring hole. I like Raja Bell, but he is past his prime at the age of 34 and should be coming off the bench. I still think this Jazz team needs a guy in the back court to help the scoring load the D-Will has been baring. Obviously Hayward is not the answer and Bell is a bandage covering the sore spot on this roster. The reason the Jazz have not been getting the rebounds is because teams pack the paint and don't respect our shooters. I think having Memo back will help draw a big out of the paint to guard him, so hopefully Memo can get back to "Money" form from outside! Keep working hard, GO JAZZ!!

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    If he plays tonight, he is waaaaay above schedule of a typical rehab from an achilles tear. It sounds like Okur has been working hard, but I really hope we're not rushing him back too soon. We need Okur for the long-term, not for spot minutes in the annual Christmas road trip.

    Here's hoping he really is ready to go! Welcome back, Okur!

  • Mitchell_12 west have, ut
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    Glad to see Memo back!! Hopefully with Sloan picking Evans to sit tonight will give Hayward the confidence he's lacking right now... I think putting Evans on the Inactive list is more of a tryin to get Hayward going type move. Hayward does have the Potential to be a good player.

  • jazzfanzz Farmington, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Why on earth would they put Evans on the inactive list???

  • anonymous.111 Farmington, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    YES!!!!!!! However, I do believe it should be Hayward and not Evans on the inactive list. Go Jazz!!!!!!!

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    Super, I hope he stays well.

  • Denver Jazzman Parker, CO
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    Unbelievable that Evans would be placed as inactive over Hayward. Did nobody watch that Warriors game?

  • Steve-o Ogden, UT
    Dec. 17, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Great to have Memo back. It will take him a while to get back into the flow I'm sure. And the rest of the team will have to adjust to him. In the end we need him for the playoffs.
    Sad that Evans is the one placed on the Inactive list. Hayward is definitely the most useless player on the team right now. I think he could benefit from some D-League time. Let him build his confidence back up because he clearly has none right now.