I don't think anyone thought Matthews was worth the price. When I heard the
headline that he was signed I knew the Jazz had the opportunity to match. I
thought in my head "Anything over $5 million/year is too much. $4 million
a year would be generous."Now he's one of the top 15 SG's in
the league (if you compare statistics.) He's producing as much as Vince Carter,
Barbosa and Igu0dala Nobody really saw that happening.Its tough to
see him do it for another team but I'm really happy for him.
Leave Evans active and put Hayward on the inactive list -Permanently.
I don't know if O' Conner's ego could handle the hit but his wasted #9 draft
pick is in essence inactive whether on the inactive list or not. I hate to see a
productive guy that is capable of igniting the team sitting out a game in a
suit. I can't quite figure out if it's part lack of confidence and part a lack
of NBA level talent of just lack of talent completely that keeps Haywood so
unproductive, the best way to find out is the D league. When the Jazz have
another first round pick, after dumping the 2011 and 2012 to fix Kevin's boo-boo
in drafting around Al Jefferson in the first place, it would be tremendous if
the Jazz fans voted on the draft choice. The people that pay the salaries could
hardly do worse, so little would be lost if it blew up, leaving the fans with no
room to complain since it was their choice.
Wes Matthews was a BIG BIG part of the Jazz's success last year...now we have
cj.Matthews is a MAN...mentally, physically, spiritually and
emotionally!cj likes to laugh and giggle & is giddy when he
scores a few buckets win/or lose...then he he will sulk and act despondent when
others succeed and we win (I have seen it numerous times)Matthews
can have 0 stats and still be a major contribution to the team...coaches and
basketball experts understand those types of intangables...A guy
like Matthews only comes along every so many years....we had him....O'Kevin
didn't sign him for long enough...then he chose to let him go........Matthew is
worth his salary when you divide it up between the length of the
contract......some guys are notAt Marquette, Uath &
Portland...nobody has to worry if Wes is happy or feeling sad...is is mentally
prepared to either start and play 40 minutes or come off the bench and play 2
minutes...he looks and acts the same way and he has dignity and guts.Wes Matthews has a lot of ball!
"because I don't know how we'll try to do it with 13 guys."That's what she said! That's what she said!
Responding to Houdini, Wes Matthews I was afraid would be a big loss, I did not
realize how much it has been. He plays offense, defense and is working to get
better. It would have been a good investment. CJ, your buddy, is starting to
Irk me again. Nothing, replaces youth and energy, plus he lifts his arms up
urging Portland fans to cheer. He is a sparkplug, Matthews, I mean and
truthfully miss him more by the day....This would have eliminated much of the
Jazz first quarter problems...
why not cj?...Evans is good!
Bugoff, as usual you are right. Andre I wold solve many of these issues. Then
again, I got ripped on these boards in the past for asking about Salmons or Joe
Johnson. Matthews not being resigned was the biggest mistake made when they
could have last year. The man is shooting 47 percent, improving as a player.
He is already a folk hero in Portland. He has been the higlight with Aldridge
for the Blazers. ANyone watch Wes like I did last night would have been equally
impressed. Yes, Roy was hurt (again) and Portlands biggest issues are
continuity and injuries. Wes came up big in the clutch.If the Jazz
do not bring it, an 0-4 road trip is not far fetched. For one thing, Cleveland
is due to win a game, and the Jazz are the type in the past that can lose a game
like that. Minnnesota is far better than a 6-21 team. Kevin Love would have 20
points and 20 boards if the Jazz played like last night.Fes is again
going to be a garbage time player and wasted.Enjoy him, he will not
be here next year.That pleased his critics
The Jazz need to send Evans to D league and let him work on his outside
shooting. Eventually he will be a tweener who plays more 3 than 4 and he has to
develop his outside shot. If Hayward does not improve his shooting
quickly they should maybe send him down also. I like both players
but the Jazz need to go get a perimeter shooter who can also defend to break
zones. They need a Zone Breaker. Without a consistent
zone breaker the Jazz are the usual mediocre playoff team.Sloan does
not have the fire power on this team to consistently break the zone. However, one other Sloan bias has also surfaced. He is running his starters
into the ground with a lot of minutes. He does that every year. That produces
games where the whole team (especially DWill) are slow, off and lethargic. The Jazz need to add a quality wing (shooter and defender) in the worst
way. The Jazz have been deficient for years in 3 point shooting and
it defeats them and the Sloan system. Part of the Jeckle Hyde Jazz
syndrome is caused by Sloan biases. Give Sloan the right players.