The Jazz are likeable because of their international flavor. However, it
appears that the "three amigos" are already backing and gone
(Kirlilenko, Okur, Fesenko). They brough personality to a lackluster team. Why
can't anyone coach Fez? He is as big as the "Ponderosa". In
baseball, it takes a long time for lefties to mature. In the NBA, it takes
quite a while for European big men to mature. Why not bring in someone like
Kareem A Jabbar to work with Fez. You can't teach height. It doesn't take much
insight to see that when AK and Memo are hurt that Fez has "sandbox
injuries" as well.
Con't 1. Harris, 2. CJ, 3. Williams, 4. AJ & 5. Bogut2nd
Unit1. Jimmer / Watson 2. Hayward 3. Evans 4. Favors & 5. ?the rest trade bait for a def 5 and 2 fillers Hopefully a shooting 3/2Williams is Derek from Arizona hopefully, other options are Burks, Jones
or Vesley or maybe Kanter as back up 5 & sign AK for th e3 spot at approx 5m
- no more
Dare I say it , Trade Memo & Milsap to the Bucks for Bogut
Okur, won't make it next year either, he's old and a whiner, he didn't want to
play because he new the Jazz are not making the playoffs. So he made excuse not
to play. Oh my poor back it hurts, I can't play. The Jazz need to buy out is
contract and let him go. he can play for Turkey, he lives their. When things are
bad for the Jazz the players find ways not to play. They pay them good money,
and what do they do claim they are hurt or not feeling good, poor excuse for a
ball player. Maybe it should be the Utah whiners instead of the Jazz.
The issue seems to be who exactly is the "parent" here?Of
course, the players want to play.The chance of Okur coming back at
all from such an injury was slim. As we have seen, to have him come back as
soon as he did was wrong.Who over-rode common sense here?The Medical Staff? The Ownership? His Agent? Okur Himself? Money? This story is just another example of what has become of a once proud
I hope Memo comes back when he is healthy. But he is unlikely to be with the
Jazz for the full season next year.Why? Because he has a huge target
on his back called an expiring contract. He is going to be wanted by a lot of
teams. Barring an extended lockout, I don't expect him to be with the Jazz
beyond the NBA's trade deadline and he'll probably be gone a lot sooner than
that.In my opinion, Memo just isn't the player the Jazz need. So, if
a good to great trade comes along, I expect the Jazz to trade him away.The Jazz should have picked up Gortat when they had the chance. Though Phoenix
lost, Gortat was a beast in the triple over time game the Suns played against
the Lakers a few nights ago (played in LA).
John Stockton and Karl Malone were NOT freeks of nature. It's called getting in
shape and staying in shape. Playing in the NBA is a fulltime job, not 8, 9, or
10 months. It's called working out, putting on muscle and keeping it there year
round. I agree with comments that suggest Mehmet Okur is probably not able to
resume playing basketball at the NBA level with his debilitating injuries, and
the fact that he has a soft body, and is not in basketball shape are negatives
he has to deal with. The Jazz have little if any post defensive presence. The
Jazz need a couple of lumberjacks to play the post. That guy Kevin Love is the
type of aggressiveness we need under the basket. Don't get me wrong, I love the
Jazz because it's the team we need to support. But this assemblage of players
makes it tough for them to win. In the face of NBA conditions, free agency, and
the like this situation will be difficult to reverse. Kevin O'Connor and the
rest of the Jazz brass have a herculean task before them. Best of luck.Go Jazz.
I am not questioning Okur's heart, but you would have to be crazy not to
question his age and/or his ability to contribute meaningful minutes in the
future. Time for retirement.
Sometimes I wonder what Jazz games people watch? Okur can shoot... sometimes. If
you look at stats he averaged 1.3ish 3's per game and his averages are garbage.
Do you know how many points he has givin up and rebounds and how many times he
has sent people to the line and how many and 1s he has givin up? No you don't
and that is why you cheer for him. He is a terrible player to have on the court
unless we have an outstanding big man to patrol the middle on D and we do not.
Can you imagine him and AJ in the game at the same time? Disaster!I
regret giving you 10 mil per season Memo and you ever starting and being on the
team in fact.
Okur has always shown up. He's been probably the most durable Jazzman. The
fact that he tried to come back from that injury shows that he has some heart.
Don't forget that he tore his achilles AFTER tweaking and deciding to continue
playing. Most players don't do that today. See Carlos Boozer, AK, etc.
Fans should be a little more patient with athletes and their injuries. Its
really tough to do because Karl Malone and John Stockton were freeks of nature.
I wish Okur all the best. I still believe in him (I'm pretty sure
I'm alone.) If he would have been healthy, things would have been really
different this year (I bet he would have started... Millsap would have been 6th
man of the year, we would have had more scoring options to start off games and
maybe we wouldn't have fallen behind so frequently in the first quarter.)Okurs the man. He'll be back. Shame on you all for being so critical.
funny...I regret Okur coming back...at all..Good Okur speak for " I will earn my $$$..next year....again...