It' the system dummies. No defense and rebounding equals losses, plain and
simple. Jerry's teams have never been good defenders anywhere on the court from
the perimeter to the post. Just reflect back and look at this mans philophy's on
both ends of the court and you will see that his staunch beliefs just do not
work and are a reason why blue chip players don't want to play here. Look at the
competive teams today and in the past and look at their ability to trade and
sign free agents to verify this! Sack the coaching staff would be the exact
place to start, then and only then will this team compete for a title.
Al Jefferson is not a center, and he'll struggle a lot when he's going up
against 7-footers, particularly on defense. Unfortunately, Okur is not back in
premium shape to take those minutes. I can't be upset about Fesenko not getting
minutes last night because he was sick. I want to believe that if he were
confident in getting minutes he'd try to play, but if you can't breathe, there's
not much you can do anyway. Hopefully he can be available tonight. I still think
Al needs to start at center, at least for the time being. But playing AK at
power forward in the 2nd unit works better for Andrei than it does for the Jazz.
They need him to start at SF, with Okur at PF and Fesenko at center in the 2nd
unit. Jefferson ought to get a few more minutes at PF with either Okur or Fes at
stretches in the game. For the record, I pulled for this team in the
truly rotten years, and I haven't jumped off the wagon. But what's going on
right now isn't working.
The Jazz will never be a championship team as presently constituted. They are
constantly playing people out of position. Jefferson would do better at PF,
Millsap would do better coming off the bench at backup PF. Notice how Millsap's
stats have dropped with him as a starter, especially his rebounding? CJ would
be better starting at SG, Raja would be better coming off the bench at SG.
Notice how Raja gives them almost nothing offensively most nights? Even his
defense isn't great right now. Kobe just kept shooting right over him last
night. Let Fes, Elson and Okur cover the minutes at C in the meantime. Give
Evans more minutes. Give Hayward more minutes at backup SF to AK. Give Price
more minutes between SG and backup PG. To improve long term, they need a better
SG, and better C. Hopefully that can be resolved via trade or draft.
Bugoff.....CJ and AK combine for 25 points at the 3 position and that is a
problem? Maybe I missed something but last time I looked, Jerry runs his
offense thruough Dwill, Jefferson and Millsap. 25 is a good night at the 3
position.Millsap should be averaging 18 a game and Jefferson 20 in
Jerry's offense. Dwill should be around 20 a game.Bell should be
able to throw in 12 a night. Add that up and there is 95 points a night. The
bench not counting CJ/AK should add another 10 - 15 a night.The
entire issue with the Jazz is with Millsap and Jefferson. They are not doing
their part on offense.
It's time to change this up a bit. We REALLY miss Matthews and his spark. Move
Bell to LA, Brown from LA to Portland & Matthews back to Utah. Throw in
Okur to Portland since they need big men. This does NOT work salary wise so
there would need to be some others in included. Pay the $$ to get Matthews
Recently, there has been something just a little Cavalier about the way the Jazz
Fire Koc dont you people get it .. utah fans just dont get it .. you think our
players are better then they are.. dont tell me koc should keep his job bc he
made 2 decent picks outta 20.. he has never pulled off a good trade and in free
agency he just brought in players everyone in the world knew was good ...
jefferson and boozer... you need to find those players who havent gotten their
chance to shine .. example jermaine o'neal who was dealt to the pacers bc he was
a benchwarmer and became all-star ... find those players and flipping trade for
them...last year we coulda brought in several talented players from free agency
instead we brought in re-treads give me a break koc doesnt know talent thats why
he cant draft and thats why he brings in vetran players who are on the decline
or already worthless instead of players who are yet to even come close to their
full potential and are thus great bargin's on the fee agent market..
you can polish and re-polish a turd all you want its still gonna be a turd...
It is not just the SG position. Bell did next to nothing in 20 miinutes but Utah
only got 21 points out of Millsap/AJ and 25 out of CJ/AK. The whole
offense is not working. The SG position is supposed to bail the offense out by
hitting 3s and driving when the offensive flow stops. So the SG position needs a
big upgrade. However, the real problem seems to be the offensive
flow which has little to do with the SG. The Sloan system is
disrupted and broken. The current players are capable of making it work well but
right now they are not making it work. One or more of them are
disrupting the flow or 6 coaches in a row (unlikely) have figured out how to
kill the Sloan offense. Sloan knows who/what is killing his offense.
Juggling the SF position is not likely to fix it and he knows it. The C/PF positions need addressed but Okur only had 3 points in 12 minutes.
But that is about as good as AJ/Millsap on a minute basis. The
offense will fix when the players decide to execute it.
CJ should be starting at the 2 not the 3. Sit Bell, Start AK.
Come on coach. Really, do we have to say it out load, can't you see who is
holding this team down? Don't you see the same game fans do? The shooting guard
position is terrible!!!!!!!!Thank you for starting Miles, he added a scoring
spark, but for heaven sake, please put Bell where he belongs, riding pine!
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, is there anyone that you think is playing with out some
weakness in their game at this point.