Utah Jazz: Othyus Jeffers comes back to haunt Jazz with hustle

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  • Jazz Cop San Francisco, CA
    March 29, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    its definitely time to get players who will buy into a winning culture based on solid work ethic, millsap is therefore a keeper, if size is all that truly matters, which i subscribe to, i like the idea of him there at the three and so far he has showed he has some/many of the skills needed, also he is in exceptional shape even for athletes so i can see the mismathces that will create and his superior athleticism making up for things here and doing things there, it wouldn't be conventional but i wouldn't be surprised if it worked out either,

    but i'd find a center, trade the winner who never wins.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 29, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    @CJ Miles

    Hayward is definitely better than Jeffers...but Jeffers is better than Price and Fesenko...i respect what ronnie brings to the table...especially his energy and hustle...but...sometimes...it just wont cut it...Fesenko needs to go...and Elson and Raja are past their primes...Okur needs to go...AK if he really wants to stay...he should be happy with a veteran's minimum contract...coz half of the time...he isnt playing...for CJ...if an offer came along...pull the trigger...i am guilty of calling him out a lot of times...its not because i hate the guy...its just that...i had high hopes for him since the playoffs last year...but...lo and behold...same old CJ...at least he is consistent on one thing...being himself...

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    March 29, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Quit being stupid you people that keep saying sign A.K. for less. He's been shopping himself since the middle of the season and is without doubt going to N.J. Send Miles there also so that him and D-Will can waggle their mouth pieces together. Fess more than likely will resurface in N.J. also. Price, for as super a person as he is,has no business in this league with anyone and maybe Bell can be traded W/a pick for someone who is not a trouble maker if not a starter and wants to contribute. All of you that think big Al is the second coming of you know who are also delusional, why do you think Minn didn't want him any longer and they are a bottom feeder?
    Lets clean this house while the cleaning crew is here, and get rid of anyone who is like D-Will "a malcontent"! We want players that want to be here and will work to stay!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 29, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    It's a business. If you have players under contract you can't keep better players. That's just how the NBA works. Hayward may not be as good as Jeffers but Hayward had a gauranteed contract going into camp. No brainer from a business side. Some players are in the NBA more because of being in the right place at the right time. Nothing more..........

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 29, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    Agree with BillM75 & Jazz-Nation

    Jeffers, Yatta & Cousin - plus the the guys we draft for Bell, Price, Elson, Fes.

    Lets be young & aggressive - nothing to lose !!

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    March 29, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    OJ over Bell any day.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I understand the decisions made, but I'd sure rather have Jeffers, Yatta (I know he's injured now) & Cousin than Bell, Watson & Elson going forward. Tough, hungry kids, looking to bond with the higher-profile rookies, run through the wall for the coach.

    Sure, they'll never be starters, but you can't rebuild with fringe veterans looking to tag along on a contender, always turn cancerous. We know what we have with the vets, Fes & Price--not much. Love Ronnie's energy but his shooting is horrendous, and his handle isn't a lot better.

    Oldest guy on the roster next year should be Harris, Memo if healthy, AK if he takes a big paycut.

    I'll always root for Jeffers & Gaines.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    I have no problem with Corbin playing the rookies during this last 10 games. Favors , Hayward, and Evans are the future and they did an outstanding job last night. Resting Millsap and Jefferson could keep them from some of the injuries that occur towards the latter part of the 48 minutes. There is some dead wood in the organization that needs pruning like Fes or Elson, Either of these two could easily be replaced by the addition of Favors. His double / double last night was just beautiful to watch, especially when one considers the fact that he is only 19.
    Having AK 47 surrender that fat paycheck and be resigned for the veteran player minimum is only logical as he certainly doesn't need the money and seems a bit hesitant to uproot his family. I really think he would sign a veteran minimum contract, leaving us with a solid role player.. if not trade,bait, and switch.
    I think that we have just been spoiled over the years and that the future just caught up to us. One needs only to look at OKC and pay attention to what they did in four years after leaving Seattle.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    This season is predictably ending on the sour note it is simply because of the inability of the Jazz to rebuild and put pieces together when Stockton and Malone were leading them to victories. The team was stagnant and unable to bring in more young players that could make a difference, and develop them. It's more of the same have nots will continue to have no chance going forward. This is a multi-tiered league that will never, going forward provide any chance for the fringe teams to build and keep players to become a contender. This is not baseball, football, or hockey. It is a five man team, making it easier for management of the haves to cherrypick the havenots stars and continue dynasties in the major market cities. This is just sad. It is a sham to say that lottery teams have any chance to build something for the future. Teams like the Jazz are getting crucified and no one gives a hoot. The players and owners/management just laugh when they play teams at the bottom like the Jazz. It sickens me to see the demise of teams that used to be competitive, now just dregs.

  • 3for5spotshooter St George, Utah
    March 29, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Loss to Wiz...

    In overtime...

    Sort of says it all about the..



  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    I have been wondering when the Jazz would catch on and realize that making the eight place playoff spot is foolish. Now it seems they are realizing that they will have two lottery picks in the upcoming NBA draft. I say tank the rest of the season and play the lottery game. It certainly hasn't hindered San Antonio or Houston in the past to tank the season.