Utah Jazz notebook: Energized rookies likely to see more playing time

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  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 31, 2011 8:42 a.m.


    You must have misread. I never said that Sloan should have been replaced with a rookie coach. I have always wanted the Jazz to replace Sloan with an experienced coach without the chip on his shoulder.

    It's all you Sloan lovers that should be thrilled with Corbin. He is Sloan 2.0. Again, I'm sure Ty is a great guy, but he has shown that a great basketball mind, he has not.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    March 30, 2011 9:11 p.m.


    You actually sound a lot like folks living in Denver who wanted Shanahan's head on a platter and begged for the promising mind of Josh McDaniels.

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 30, 2011 8:46 p.m.


    Why do the Sloan defenders always ignore the fact that Corbin is running things EXACTLY the same as Sloan while gloating about the dismal state of affairs.

    I'm glad Sloan is gone. I'm sad that his replacement is Corbin and not Phil Johnson. Phil deserves a ton of credit that he'll never receive. Phil was the one traveling in the off-season, talking with other coaches, watching basketball, learning what other coaches were trying to do, all while Jerry was riding tractors.

    What us sloan detractors wanted was a coach who could relate to younger players and coach them up. A coach that made defensive adjustments. A coach that watched game film. A coach that put players in positions to succeed rather than constraining them to an out-dated system. That is why I want a coach like JVG. A tough, defensive minded coach that can take talent and make them better.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 30, 2011 6:57 p.m.


    i agree with you...Paul needs to be the 6th starter...I want to have a lineup of...Al Jeff Favors Hayward CJ Watson....and give major minutes to the three rookies...

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 30, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    H2O.......I think unless you play Favors at the 4, the Jazz will get crushed. Millsap and Jefferson have no chance against the Lakers without Favors on the floor with them. With AK out, Favors has to start. But he won't.......

    If Watson can't guard Fisher, we have a major problem.

    I will take my chances with CJ on Kobe. Kobe will get his points regardless.

  • H2OSKI Alpine, UT
    March 30, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Oh please. Sloanhater? You got what you wanted by getting rid of Sloan now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your genius.

    Karl Malone? GM? Please. Lets face it folks, the guy was a load of braun on the block but he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. I think "maybe" as some type of assistant to help teach our PF's and Centers with some moves but that would be it. The guy is a loose cannon and we know "Karl Malone goin' do what Karl Malone goin' do".

    Any more questions?

    Millsap playing the 3? Please. At 250+ he can't defend threes in this league. He needs to go back to the bench and we need Favors on the floor so we can have some better interior defense. Paul is too short and would dominate coming off the bench against inferior talent.

    CJ? You are thinking some decision Corbin is making is what will not make us competitive against the Lakers? Uh, no. The fact we start a 6'7" Millsap and 6'9" Jefferson (real heights) is the beginning and end of our problem. They can't stop anyone or rebound good enough.

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 30, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    I agree Sokol.

    It would be great to see Malone return as an assistant to coach the big men similar to what Horny was doing. I wouldn't call Malone a great defender, but he knew the tricks of swatting the ball and taking a flop.. er charge. I bet he could do wonders to help Favors develop his low post game.

    Now if only the Jazz could get rid of Corbin.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    I love the phrase 'earned the right to be on the floor'. Hoorah!

    I would like to invoke the name of another great coach ... Popovich. He has somehow convinced Manu Ginobili to come off the bench when he's clearly not their #6+ player. He'd start for most clubs. He does finish games however. If Ty can convince Paul to come off the bench yet get major minutes, that would be excellent.

    Give me STARTERS: Favors (5), Jefferson (4), Hayward (3), ??? (2), and Harris (1) with RESERVES: Okur (5), Millsap(4), Evans (3), CJ (2), and Watson (1) I'm pretty pleased with the exception of a starting 2 guard.

    I'm a huge Raja fan but he's not the player I remember. I'm not a Ronnie Price fan and I'm grateful to be done with AK. Elson and Fesenko may be helpful in practice, but I don't see much PT for them.

    As a BYU Fan, I have to wonder what Jimmer as a backup 2 would be like. He hasn't shown he can defend at the NBA level but, for those who can remember Vinnie Johnson (Pistons) Jimmer could be like him

  • PalmG Glen Allen, VA
    March 30, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    its not the coachs problem, the jazz are just a bad team. have you seen our bench? it sucks. just play the rookies so they get more comfortable and hope to get barnes or derrick williams next year, and with a fresh start we'll be able to really see how good a coach corbin is

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    March 30, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    I would like to see Evans and Milsap play the 3 spot the rest of the year, to see if they can handle it. Especially Evans, he has atheticism but lacks bulk to play the 4, so he needs to prove he can play the 3. He needs to show he can make shots from outside and put the ball on the floor and take the ball to the hole.
    Hayward has been play better and better and I hope he gets 40 minutes a game, so he can develop. He needs to be told he needs to be assertive looking to score. Hayward shows he will be good, he shows he can pass, play defense, rebound and make others better.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 30, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    I like the idea of hiring Jeff Van Gundy or Karl Malone..as head coach or GM.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    Sloan was the all-time non-adjustor to specific matchups & mismatches, a trait he picked up from Frank Layden and took nuclear.

    Agreed that Al, Fav & Sap need to plan on 40+ minutes Friday to have any prayer of not losing by 30, CJ (spelled by Hayward & Evans) has to try to make Kobe work on both ends and NOT launch dumb threes, and quite frankly, as the relative weakness of LAL is at PG, I'd rather see CJ & Hayward alternate bringing the ball up than Watson and esp Price or Bell, all three of whom shouldn't be here next season. The vets had their chance, time for the kids.

    A good big man coach would prolly help Al as much as Favors.

    No big name coach like JVG would ever come here even if guaranteed a ring, nor would the Millers pay what they'd demand. Thibodeau's prolly makes 1/5 of what the Lakers will offer one of the VG's (or even Sloan), unless they want to stay cheap in-house with Shaw.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 30, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    Sounds like Jerry Jr. doesn't want to be competitive against the Lakers. Without Al and Favors on the court most of the night together, it will be a blowout. CJ needs to guard Kobe. Millsap will be a non-factor unless he plays at the 3 and guards Odom.

    I just don't see Jerry Jr making the adjustments to match up with the Lakers on the defensive end. Basketball is about matchups and mis-matches. Phil will exploit the Jazz all night if Jerry Jr. doesn't make adjustments throughout the game.

    My only advice to Big Al is bend your knees on defense and play like a big man should play on defense.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    The Vets had their chance this year, they did really well until 2011 came around, but then they blew it. They blew it so bad they didn't win a single home game in Jan, went from contending for the 2 seed to being out of the playoffs, their coach quit and management traded away one of the leagues best players for Devin Harris and potential.

    Ya the Vets had their chance this year and if they had done their job the Jazz would be fighting for home court right now. Now it's time to develop potential into talent.

    Wins and losses don't really mean anything this year anymore, but the development of the 3 rookies this year is crucial for the Jazz to get back to the playoffs next year. This is especially true if AK doesn't come back.

    Re Sloan hater: Don't you hate it when you get what you want. I think it's time for a name change.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    March 30, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    Just run your own show Ty, and ignore 80% of the negativity here on these webs because none of them are important regarding the Jazz and their future. I'd bet less than 10% have attended a game this year and the same percentage have never played competitive sports of any kind!

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 30, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    I can't take another article that quotes Corbin as saying, "I don't know..We'll see how it goes." Really Ty? When are you going to know?

    I also can't see how Corbin doesn't acknowledge the hard play of Big Al and give him the option on whether he wants to start or not. The guy has played hard and played in every game. How many Jazz players can make that claim? He hasn't complained, he hasn't gone to the media, or discovered a phantom injury. The guy shows up every night and Corbin rewards him on the bench.

    Time to fire Corbin and Hire JVG!!