Utah Jazz notebook: More hurt players adding to Jazz woes

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  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Feb. 14, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    I've no doubt that Boozer was injured. But in my opinion he milked the injury far longer than he should have. He waited about a month before he saw a specialist who diagnosed it properly.

    While I can understand the average person on the street waiting, it made no sense for Boozer not to see the best doctor(s) right away. That's what I disliked about Carlos' handling of his injury. He could have come back to the team a lot sooner if he had been proactive in dealing with the injury.

    To me, the whole episode just came off as Boozer deciding to take his time in dealing with the injury while he took a mid-season vacation.

    He came back reinvigorated, refreshed, healed up and then played his heart out .... Why? So, he could get his "Big Payday."

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 13, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    AK Fan are you for real. Boozer faked an injury? When and Where? Boozer was hurt every time he sat out. Maybe he took forever to heal but he was hurt every time he sat.

    The problem is AK is so fragile. He can't play through pain. He sits for every little thing. You never hear him say, "It hurts but I will play tonight" Or "I will do my best to be on the court tonight".

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Feb. 13, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Anyone who has had a severely sprained ankle or sciatica knows how tough it is just to get out of bed with those injuries. These guys are amazing, with their ability to deal with those things. Okur, Milsap, and AK have played hurt, often.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Feb. 13, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Right on Bugoff. Finally someone said something right. Some injuries let you play trough pain some like ankle sprain calf or back spams don't. Faking injuries are rare but happens Arenas, Boozer.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 13, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Price, Bell, AK, Okur, DWill and Elson are hurt.

    DWill and Elson are playing

    Price, AK and Elson are expiring contracts. They would jump at the chance to play all the minutes they could because their next contract depends on it.

    Do you really want AK and Okur out there limping along? Does that really help the team win?

    Think before you launch into your soft player diatribe. You sound ridiculous.

    Stop blaming the players for a lack of heart or for not playing hurt. The ones that can play are logging major minutes oftimes out of position.

    The system as it's current version (5 different version over the years) is not working. That is not all the players fault.

    Corbin is going to have to develop a 6th version to fix "some" of the problems. That takes time to develop and get it to work.

    Give him and the team some breathing room.

    IF Corbin is successful he adds to Sloan's legacy as a 2nd generation coach.

    IF he fails Sloan and the flex are in the dust bin of history.

    Ripping on the players for not being capable of contributing while hurt is lame.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 13, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    The Jazz are down to 5 players, 2 rookies and 2 defensive bigs (insurance players). Of the 5 players Watson is a back up PG and AJ does not mesh.

    That is not enough talent and integration to win. Also the team is run down physically and DWill is dinged.

    It forces you to chose between running in selected spurts and trying to implement a slow down half court that does not have the right players.

    Get enough talent and some fresh legs and you can run. Fix the Pick and Roll defense and you might win. Fix the Flex offense so everyone is doing what they are supposed to and it might work better.

    Trading this late in the season will be salary dump or a rebuilding move for next year. There is no time to integrate key players. AND the current new players are not integrated and that is a major problem.

    You could add one shooter, a Korver type. He was able to come in and immediately impact. He did not know they system but he could shoot.

    Until enough of the Jazz heal AND enough players run the offense/defense do not expect to win.

  • JazzyMan Meadow, UT
    Feb. 13, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    We've got one decent big man to run a slower-pace half court offense:Al Jefferson.Milsap,although a good player and tough for his size,is still too undersized. Fess and Elson are simply not cutting it. Most people on other teams blogs think these two are completely worthless,and I almost have to agree. Maybe Ty can find a way to motivate and teach Fess into becoming a smarter and more aware player when he's out on the floor. The Jazz need another good big man 6'10'' or over really bad. Robin Lopez hit us where we are weak in the last game for all to see. As soon as Alvin Gentry told him to take it to us inside and be more agressive,we had no answer for him,and that's when the game was lost by the Jazz in my opinion.

  • JazzyMan Meadow, UT
    Feb. 13, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    I hope that the majority of fans who thought Sloan got cheated in some way can eventually get back on the wagon with this team and new coach Ty Corbin.To me ,it doesn't make sense to keep harping on and blaming Deron for all of this. I really felt that Sloan had lost communication and reality with many of his players by trying to make them into the types of players he wanted to run a slower half-court post up offense. That type of offense was fine back in the days when we had Antoine Carr,Big Mark Eaton,and of course ,Karl Malone on the front line.With Stockton there to get them the ball ,it was a fine half court offense. The personnel the Jazz have on the team now,in my opnion are not built for this type of offense.We don't have enough good big men to run an effective half court offense.That's why I agree with Dwill in that the Jazz need to play more up-tempo to utilize the talents of CJ and AK,Hayward,Price and Bell more effectively. Also,It would be a more exciting game.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Feb. 13, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Trade deadline is Thursday! My fingers are crossed.

    Lets go Jazz!

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Feb. 13, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    Yep,these guys will miss games because of the sniffles or a hangnail,keep Millsap,AJ,give Evans and Hayward a chance and dump the rest of these losers,williams included if he doesn`t want to play by the Jazz system

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 13, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    We'll be seeing more games missed because of minor injuries. Milsap won't do that to his team, but many others will and it will be easier to do without the shadow of Jerry Sloan coming around the corner.

    I heard that when Malone and Stockton played, they'd come into the dressing room and if they saw a player not dressed and nursing a minor injury, they'd simply say--"Get dressed--you're playing." If they tried to do that with most of this squad they'd probably be sued for causing emotional distress.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    I wonder if the Jazz have an off-season conditioning issue.