Utah Jazz: Injured toe not only factor in Raja Bell's benching

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    March 16, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    There is little doubt that one-on-one eliminate Raja from the equation. Even with screens he can't get open because he has gotten too slow.

    He has some good veteran experience which this team needs. CJ needs to get his inconsistent rear end in gear and perform.

  • King Black Paso Robles, CA
    March 16, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Heres how my take follows

    Raja is just complaining I mean what do you expect the system to do keep feeding the ball to the guys when they keep missing wide open shots.

    If I remember right the Jazz are number 2 in the NBA with assists per game that right there clearly shows that they are not playing one on one ball. I have yet seen Raja cut to the basket without the ball then receive a pass and go up for the lay up like Matthews and Brewer once did and how AK does now. So maybe he is the one messing up the system

    And CJ is better at creating his shot than Raja but thats not saying much Cj is not that good at creating his own shot he is however better suited for cutting having the ball thrown to him then going to the basket as AK is. He can also penetrate at times.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 16, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Bell's interview with Locke is very interesting. The flap over communication is minor. His other comments are telling.

    1. All year the Jazz have played more one on one basketball than system ball. The system has been breaking down and then the Jazz go one on one. Bell is a system player. CJ is better at creating one on one.

    I like Bell he is honest in his interviews. He is also smart.

    (my take follows)

    The Sloan system has been negated. Part of that is other teams defenses. Part of that is the weakness at SG. Part of it may be the addition of AJ who tends to disrupt the system flow.

    Corbin has tweaked the offense. It is more AJ and one on one oriented. It will take the coaches all summer/fall to develop a system that works. Further, there may need to be a different skill set at SG and maybe SF (wings).

    Corbin can't develop and implement a new version of the system this year. He has to design it and also get the right players to complement the existing core players.

    The Jazz will be better after the changes.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    With the team as now constituted, CJ is the best we have at the 2, he has always been better suited to play the 2, he has been asked to play the 3 but that is not his best position. It is nice that he and Hayward can play both the 2 and the 3, I hope Hayward becomes more aggresive and shoots more and get to the point he scores as well as CJ. AK has the length we need at the 3, I just hope we get a long athletic 3 in the draft to go along with AK or replace him. Who ever they get though needs to be able to shoot, create and play D.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    No question CJ is much better at every phase of the game versus Bell. I know that there are a lot of CJ haters, I am not one of them, I think CJ could be a very good player for this team, keep in mind, he is still only 23 years old and did not play in College, so he is learning the game. If CJ would have started all year at the 2, we would have 5 more wins on our record. Raja Bell says the right things, I like that, but 36 minutes and 5 points doesnt cut it for a shooting guard in the NBA. Bell use to be known for his defense, but even that is suspect lately. Some say Raja is a leader? I don't see how or why you would follow a guy that plays so poorly? I like the line up move. CJ brings a lot to the table, things Bell can not. Hopefully we add some higher caliber players in the off season to help build a solid foundation and get back to what we do. WIN! GO JAZZ!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 16, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    About time that Corbin has finally noticed what I have known for weeks. CJ is a two and should be starting before Bell every game.

    CJ soft? Anonigma, he would run circles around you.

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:08 a.m.


    Even Corbin mentioned how CJ was winded when he played extended minutes as a starter last game.
    Any gaurd in the NBA should have enough stamina to last the whole game. If Big Al with his huge body can last as long or longer than CJ, then there's a problem. Big Al did get tired last game, but he played 5 minutes more and works much harder down in the post since he's the go-to guy.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    I'm not so high on Raja these days...

    @Anonigma, I don't see anything wrong with CJ's conditioning. Sure's he's not as ripped as other players in the NBA, but that is not how he's built. He gets up and down the floor just fine and has put on quite a bit of muscle since joining the Jazz.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    I Think that Raja is not finding ways to help enough when he is on the court. I love how he takes guys to the side and talks to them but his play is not what it used to be. I think Raja would make a great coach but I think he needs some work. CJ still can improve I just wish he was in better shape just like Fes. I think that we have talent on the Jazz team but we need guys to be consistent and not give up when it gets tough.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    March 16, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    It's about freaking time. We are not making the playoffs anymore, and Raja needs some motivation to start making shots, and fighting through pick and rolls. We have three rookies on this team who can use the experience. Raja can be saved for next year, and benching him now will send a message that he needs to put in the extra time to improve.

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Meh, CJ won't do it. He's made of cheeseburgers.
    Get the kid in shape and then we'll see.

    I hope Corbin is using some kind of psychology here on Raja to get him to play better.
    I can recall a couple games this season where Raja has locked down his opponent defensively. He's gotta be able to do that to be in the starting lineup in my book.

  • samuel h wiscomb Sun Lakes, AZ
    March 15, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    Dear Raja, Quit your complaining. Just be thankful you have a job.