Utah Jazz: 8 months later, Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz lineup

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  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    A few years ago Okur said he its a goal of his to get him jersey in the rafters of the ESA. I sure hope he makes it. He obviously hasn't earned it yet and last year was a rough one for him, but I still believe in Okur.

    @Iowa. Sloan gives Fesenko minutes and he can't handle them. He's huffn and puffn after 10 minutes on the floor. Whats a coach to do?

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Dec. 18, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    "That's the only way you get a chance to get better" said Jerry (above) of playing time.

    Jerry, we all wish you would apply this principle to Fes and the two rookies.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Dec. 18, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Korver had the best season shooting percentage from three in NBA history, Matthews had a nice three stroke...Jazz kept cj instead!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 18, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    The Jazz brain trust are betting the season on 3 risky propositions.

    1. That AK will stay healthy all season especially at playoff time.

    2. That Hayward will emerge this year and turn into a great outside shooter/defender.

    3. Okur will return to better than ever in both shooting and rebounding.

    The 2 glaring weaknesses in this team are perimeter shooting and rebounding.

    For the Jazz to contend they have to have better perimeter shooting.

    Bell is good for short amounts of time but can't be run into the ground with too many minutes.

    Hayward has yet to blossom.

    CJ is erratic as usual. AK is pretty consistent but never was a great outside shot. Further, at this stage he should not be run into the ground with minutes.

    Okur can help but he is not a replacement for Korver. The Jazz HAVE to have Wings Who Can Shoot.

    If the wings can't shoot it negates the whole Sloan system.

    Sloan hates wings who miss but refuses to get Wings Who Can Shoot.

    KOC/Miller need to save the Jazz and Sloan from the Sloan biases.

    Give us a Zone Breaker.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 18, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    Glad to see Okur back. I do not expect great things until maybe the play offs.

    Okur is a team player. He also has the respect of the team and fans and does not have Boozer messing with his rebounding, shooting and defense.

    He should gradually improve. However, the team should not expect him to be at his best this year. He will need time to adapt.

    Even if Okur can hit 3s he will not be able to replace the 3 point shooting that should be coming from the wings.

    The Jazz need to make an in season move and get at least one consistent 3 point shooter who can also defend. They have trade exemptions.

    It is a similar situation to the year Korver was acquired except the Jazz have a much better overall team this year.

    Sloan is apposed to 3 point misses as that starts the fast break against the out of position Jazz.

    Give him consistent 3 point makers and he will use them.

    KOC/Miller have to go get at least 1 perimeter wing who can consistently hit from the outside.

    That will make the Jazz contenders.