Utah Jazz: Injuries finally starting to take toll

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  • pate123 willard, ut
    Jan. 1, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    I hate too say it, maybe getting beat by Portland isn't such a bad thing in terms of making a push for a legitiment two guard who can score by creating his own shot and who is athletic enough to defend decent. It is time too move AK and CJ for a quality- consistent two. I really think we are only one player away from truly being top notch; because we are very good at every other position except for the two!

  • creek35 Richfield, utah
    Jan. 1, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    I Used to Love watching the Jazz But to watch the same game over and over gets old every game down by 15-20 points or so then come back and win or all most win gets old now they have three guys out for injuries happens every year they can not even win a game now with out them I used to be a die hard Jazz fan but this is loosing my interest in them....Come on Jazz start playing and stay with the teams lets see some good close games or blow-outs that's the kind of game I like watching...

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    I think the Jazz are in need of a 2 guard. I think with Memo coming back he will strengthen our bench. I would like to see CJ start at the 2, Air Gordan at the 3 Milsap and Jefferson at the 4-5. Raja,ak, Memo run the bench squad. I wish the Jazz would trade AK already, bring in a higher caliber player or a shooter that we need. I think Air Gordan and Jeremy Evans are the future 3's. If AK was making mid level money, I would not be complaining about him so much, but the fact is he is our highest paid player at 17.8 million! That is super star money, and we are not getting a superstar in return. I like AK, but if we have a chance to swing a deal to make this team better, I would understand moving on from AK47. I hope the Jazz play hard for 4 quarters tonight. Lets go Jazz!

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    The Okur missing in action is one thing, but one of the more pressing issues is the ineptness of players like Fesenko. He has very few NBA level skills. I thought most Russian players could shoot free throws. His bull in the china shop foul prone style of play leaves Coach Sloan in a precarious position. He is short of big people even when all the players are fit to play. Back problems for Okur and Kirilenko, which is pure baloney, and wouldn't happen if those two knuckleheads were in shape and properly performed their warmup exercises before games. And then you have flu issues with Miles. Come on buck up and get it together. Elson with an improperly breaking in a shoe and losing his big toe nail? Come on man. The Jazz is losing games to a crippled Portland outfit they should never lose to on any planet. They are only a couple of players away from being a D league team. Come to think of it, the Jazz are in the same boat. And now we have a lower echelon Memphis Grizzly outfit coming to town to challenge the Jazz. If we lose it is over.

  • Rick Northport, NY
    Jan. 1, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    ak kills the Jazz when he's on the court. Now he's killing the team again because coach can't showcase what's left in his tank with the trade deadline next month. Hopefully ak plays better than what we've seen so far this year. The Jazz then, can finally get something in return for ALL the money they shelled out to this stiff ! Hit the weight room ak -- it prolongs careers.

  • Catreus Bristol, TN
    Jan. 1, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    149 games out of a possible 197 (regular season). 48 missed games, 29 of which have come this year. Until he ruptured his Achilles Okur was a remarkably durable. His current string of injuries (hopefully small...we'll see) are most likely a result of his body trying to compensate for the weakness in his injured leg. As he gets stronger and more sure of himself it will become less of an issue. Patience with Okur is the best course...he is working is way back from what used to be a career-ending injury. It takes time, but he should be rounding into form towards the end of the season, when the team will need him the most.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Jan. 1, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    The last two seasons Memo missed 19 games. D-Will missed 20.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    How many games has Okur missed in the passed 2 years? Better question - how many games has he actually played in? The guy is an injury waiting to happen and perhaps its time to find another center.