Utah Jazz: Mehmet Okur regrets returning to the basketball court too soon

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 28, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 26, 2011 4:11 a.m.


    1. Harris, 2. CJ, 3. Williams, 4. AJ & 5. Bogut
    2nd Unit
    1. Jimmer / Watson 2. Hayward 3. Evans 4. Favors & 5. ?

    the rest trade bait for a def 5 and 2 fillers Hopefully a shooting 3/2

    Williams 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

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 26, 2011 4:02 a.m.

    Dare I say it , Trade Memo & Milsap to the Bucks for Bogut

  • woodmaster6225 Florence, OR
    March 25, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    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.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    March 25, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    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 franchise.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 25, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    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).

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    March 25, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    March 25, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    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.

  • The Jazz Truth Draper, Utah
    March 25, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    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.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    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.

  • 3for5spotshooter St George, Utah
    March 25, 2011 8:44 a.m.


    I regret Okur coming back...

    at all..

    Good Okur speak for " I will earn my $$$..

    next year....