Utah Jazz: Kevin O'Connor gives 'State of the Jazz' address

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  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 1, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Don't worry boys.....CJ will play defense next year..........

  • amgolfer San Francisco, CA
    April 1, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    @Kakashi--not happening. I like Walker as well but starter he is not right now. I think you forget that we do need vet leadership and AJ has not proven he is just that, yet. As I look around and see the best/elite teams in the league they are not loaded with a bunch of rookies. You basically have 3 rookies in the starting lineup? This is not how it's done. We have to develop them. The NBA is not the NCAA.

    Now, the players you have mentioned I like. I also like Irving at #1 but it's wishful thinking that we could get him; but who knows. He will go before Walker for a reason. I like both though. If we hold on to AK, SAP and CJ (unlikely) one probably needs to start for leadership.

    We need a #5 and #2/#3 and I feel a number #1 long-term. I have told many posters that I will give Harris a chance, but I am not convinced he is the long-term answer the Jazz need. I disagree with Bugoff in that I don't feel he is a top #10 PG.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 1, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    i really think...Kemba Walker could be good...or better than devin harris...harris is injury prone...i'd rather trade him to get something that we need...a SG that can shoot and defend...i like Tony Allen...i think he fits the bill...harris for Allen + Darrell Arthur + a first round pick next year's draft...i think a combination of Perry Jones and Kemba Walker would be good...our line up could be...

    Al Jeff


    i think this could be a potent lineup...although i'd rather have Omer Asik or Varejao as a back up C...

  • amgolfer San Francisco, CA
    April 1, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    @Buggoff--I always appreciate your posts but...a few concerns I have. Let's talk. First, I quote you, "AJ is close to ideal at C. He is not a traditional C but he is producing like no Jazz C before him. AJ is weak on D but Favors may cover for him eventually." Al I feel is definitely not the future at #5. He can do this against smaller teams but if we want to truly compete against the big guns (aka Dallas, LA, etc) we have to get bigger, bottom line. We need a legit #5 to do just that. AJ should not be our future #5 and he needs to play more #4...he can also rotate to #5 as needed or when teams play small ball. Look at the greats in the past that have won it all--most, have had a true #5. I think you would agree with that.
    Second, I feel Burks should stay in college one more year. He will be good but to many flaws right now. He will be a project I feel.

    I agree about Favors and Sap.

    Harris not a top 10 PG right now.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 31, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Favors is probably the PF of the future. He has the talent and the length to make him ideal for the Jazz.

    AJ is close to ideal at C. He is not a traditional C but he is producing like no Jazz C before him. AJ is weak on D but Favors may cover for him eventually.

    Millsap is a great player and best as someone who fills in or matches up. Millsap will extend his shooting range. He is very talented.

    The SF position is a problem. AK may not return. Hayward plays SG better. Evans in not ready to play SF. Fortunately there are some good SFs in this draft.

    A defending/shooting SG is needed badly. Bell is a spot up shooter and does not fit Corbin's offense. CJ is better at SG but still erratic. Burks is about the only SG early in the draft.

    Harris is a top 10 PG but the Jazz probably need someone built like DWill who can set/run thru picks. Jimmer might eventually be capable but he will likely go to a fun and gun team.

    This is a good foundation. Add Jones/Burks/Jimmer/Etc.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 31, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    Just so everyone understands. Sloan is a hall of fame coach and deserves it. I also think he is a very good coach. However, at least to me he had several very strong tendencies that were both strengths and weaknesses.

    Jerry dominated the Jazz organization until Larry died. It took Greg a couple of years to get his bearings but Greg is a different personality than Larry and had a much different relationship with Jerry.

    Greg and KOC exerted more influence in the last 2 years. The night before he resigned Sloan was late for the press and said he had met with KOC about a trade. I am sure that meeting caused him to decide to retire.

    DWill is a top 5 PG. He also cost the Jazz the max. He can be replaced and some of the salary can go to other positions.

    I hope AK can be signed for reasonable but both AK and DWill are replaceable with time and enough money.

    The Jazz are getting good player for reasonable prices. With DWill,AK and Okur off of the books they can rebuild a great team.

  • amgolfer San Francisco, CA
    March 31, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    @Mountainbird...Really? Patriot was just sharing a thought/opinion, nothing more. Don't bash his comment. Classless. Who cares if he misspelled D-E-R-O-N.

    Did you actually hear DWill say he was leaving? No you did not. We assumed he was leaving, nothing more.

    Furthermore, I laugh when you call out someone that supposedly "choked" in a game for attempting the last shot to win it all. He had the guts to take the winning shot and you win some and lose some--ask the best--Jordan, Kobe, etc....DWill showed last night why he is a top PG in the league--and all this while playing hurt. Did you watch the game? He single handily brought the Nets back.... I'm curious as to if you ever posted about DWill being a choker when he was wearing a Jazz uniform? I will go out on a limb and bet you didn't. So why now I ask? Before combating others just think before posting. Let's not be so cad. Go Jazz.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Great to have straight talk from the GM. Only thing he did not explain is that when the Jazz decided the team was not going to playoffs this year and that DWill would probably leave so it was time to rebuild and Coach Sloan said see ya cause he did not have the energy for that again.

  • ram Saint George, UT
    March 31, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    The real story remember back in jan when the jazz lost to the wizards and then lost al the games on the road trip that is when the wheels came off jerry quits a month later d-will gone 2 weeks later whats the real story the jazz always keep quiet but there has to some kind of story because no way sloan gives it up in the middle of the season and then the jazz go from 3-11 in the west in 2 months jazz fans deserve to now

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 31, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    @CJ Miles

    i agree with you there...i think...the drafts have been influenced by Jerry...and yes Jerry is a bit biased among the players...i mean...come on...we drafted Mo Williams...and look at the production he is giving right now...but as a coach...i have a ton of Respect for Jerry...he did a good job...

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 31, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Tomic wont be a defensive force in the NBA...that's the truth...Fes...to be honest...i dont think much of him...he should be gone...as Bugoff pointed out...Kanter has knee problems...Montiejunas is compared to Andrea Bargnani...and he doesn't defend...if we could trade harris for a solid wing...at the 2...we could draft Perry Jones and Kemba Walker...we could probably have a line up like this:

    Al Jefferson
    Derrick Favors
    Perry Jones
    (the solid wing from trade whoever he is)
    Kemba Walker

    we have height in this line up...Perry Jones standing 6'11...at SF...who could handle the ball...and shoot jumpers...who knows...if we can have get some talent in by next year...we might be able to entice D-Will to comeback...if we play it right...we have solid role players in Hayward AK watson and millsap all going off the bench...and if tomic comes in...he can rotate at the C...im just going to keep positive...and leave it to KOC to do his job

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    March 31, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Some of you keep talking about D-Will, D-Will is gone! I watched him play last night on ESPN it was the first time he played in 6 games, it was a national telivised game. 22 points, 8 assists, 7-19 from the floor 36%, 2-6 from the arc. He looked bothered at times by his wrist which we all know has been bothering him for most of the season.

    So what is Silly Rabbit getting at well he came back on a ESPN game, I love D-Will's heart and game thats why I watched the Nets last night, BUT why come back if you are still hurt, why go to the all star game when you have an injured wrist which will affect games after the break, D-Will should have taken the all star break and let his wrist heal a little, but he didnt. Maybe it improves maybe it doesnt, but we have all witnessed how well he played over the years on National TV, he is a gamer when the lime light is on him,

    Do the math in the past few years it has been about him, not the team. Sorrytosay.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 31, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I agree with CJ to some extent. All those 1st round busted picks had heavy Sloan finger prints. Sloan ran his system his way. He had VETO over all player selections. Sloan would make a horrible GM. Partly because is he bad at lying (good at PR answers). Partly because he would use the same bad approach to drafting and player bias that prevented him from winning a championship.

    I disagree with KOC (frequently) but he is probably a top 5-10 GM. I think he may be weak in quant analysis (unlike Morey). It will be very interesting to see who he drafts in this draft now that Sloan and his biases are gone.

    I doubt if Corbin has VETO power over player selection. KOC is finally free to do his job without Sloan fouling it up.

    The Jazz seem to be going after much better talent instead of projects now that Sloan is gone. That is needed badly.

    KOC got Favors and that is his first good move. Harris is okay. Give KOC time and see what he comes up with. AJ and Hayward have Sloan prints on them.

    AJ blossomed under Corbin not Sloan.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 31, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Dang! Brave Sir Robin beat me to the punch. Now is a perfect time to kick a nsaty habit and watch a REAL sport, with REAL players that play together as a team and don't whine constantly. And they deliver....

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 31, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    Because Jerry was protected by Larry, Kevin had to draft Dwill. Also he had to sign Boozer. Jerry's system only worked with a point guard who could hog the ball and a big man who could run pick-and-roll. Don't blame those two moves on Kevin. In his defense, he got rid of both of them because he knew he couldn't win a championship with either of them.

    So this will be his first year with Jerry calling the shots. Let's see what Kevin does in the draft, free agency and trades. He might surprise us.

    If he takes Jimmer with his first pick, we will then know he doesn't know what he is doing..........

  • Jazzguru Provo, UT
    March 31, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    I saw the Andrei comment too, but I think that he meant don't have back in the sense, as he is the only major player on the team not under contract next year. He is too smart to slip up like that I think.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 31, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    While you're all watching the Jazz circle the bowl, may I suggest giving Real Salt Lake a try? Yeah, I know -- it's soccer. But RSL is an amazingly good - and entertaining - team to watch. Plus they'd remind you of the Jazz "glory days" (if there is such a thing with the Jazz)....consider the following:
    - There's no prima donna on the team
    - There's no huge star
    - They play the game as a team
    - They're about defense first
    - They're pretty much a stone-cold lock to win at home
    - Their coach is a fiesty ex-pro from the midwest

    Give an RSL game a shot - if you can get tickets, that is. And don't be afraid that you're suddenly un-American if you find yourself liking it.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    March 31, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    The State_of_KOC is:

    HE has missed a dozen great players overthe years,

    Went over braad toget dwill, which ended up much ado about nothing,

    could've drafted player like bynum, granger, lee and drafted rondo or other pg later in the draft.

    unless your point guard is magic johnson or isaiah thomas, player whocan make things happen, you don't waste high picks on point guards,

    KOC has failed to draft a great shooting guard or small forward,

    and there are none in this draft either, you have goto small guards to find shooters like fredette, walker and pullen,

    but there some intriguing and very talented 7 footers like vesely, Motiejunas, and Valanciunas,

    grabbing a couple of those and trade AJ, okur, bell, for a 2 guard and a pick to get fredette,

    gives you a crop of 7 footers with Fes, Tomic to build around,

    add favors, harris, hayword, resign AK for cheap,
    and have a young and talented team to develop

    but please KOC stop missing out on talent or over valuing talent like deron and boozer or getting sloan type players or system players,

    and get a coach who can develop young players.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 31, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    If anyone ever thinks Duncan had the skill, moves or durability of Malone, you have to be smoking something...Duncan was a center anyway. Malone would help the Jazz..in many ways...I just think Smallsap and Big Al are not the answer.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 31, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Hey the hiring of Sloan as GM would be a great idea...and get Malone on board as big man, power forward-center coach...Here we have the Greatest Power Forward to ever lace them up ready to come on board...Sheriff Mailman Malone needs to be on the side line.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    March 31, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    I am so over the frustration of this season. What happened happened and it might turn out to be a blessing for everyone. Coach Corbin gets a half season of experience that he would not have gotten otherwise if Sloan left during the summer. Next season will be better for him having wet his feet a bit I am sure.

    Sloan leaving was a big deal. To a point things needed to come crumbling down so something new could be re-built. Though I do miss Sloan I very much look forward to the future of the Jazz. I am still here Utah

    Go Jazz

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    March 31, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    NO JIMMER PLEASE! Doesn't matter if he plays in Utah, lives in Utah or got o church in Utah...no Jimmer!

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Brilliant comment, patriot. Did you just parachute in here yesterday? Deron (and it's spelled D-E-R-O-N) was traded because he said he was leaving when his contract was up. The Jazz got something for him before being left with nothing. And, by the way, he sure choked last night for the Nets, like he so often did with the Jazz.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    March 31, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Poor Fes just learned -- directly from the mouth of the GM -- that he is not a significant player.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    I attended the Jazz charity fundraiser last night. From what I could see in person I must say that the coaching staff and players are all genuinely great individuals. They were incredibly nice and positive.

    Ultimately the team is judged by the number of wins and losses. I hope the W's will fall into place because I really want these guys to succeed. They have my support.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Just fire O'Connor and give the job to someone else. I hear Jon Huntsman needs a job.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Trading away the third best player ever to wear a Jazz uniform (Darrin Williams) will forever be the worst of the worst moves ever. Darrin was someone who could draw other good players to the Jazz as well as being one the best point guards in the league.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 31, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Good previous idea of hiring Slaon as GM. Alarm bells should go off when there is a report from 2004 of major injury problems and missed games from Kirilenko, Boozer, and Bell. This is a "prima donna" problem and not an injury issue. Tomic is not mentioned. He would appear to be the "anchor" of a future team. Favors is the "real deal". From a columnist, it states that Jefferson is very frustrated. He thought that he would play for an all-star coach and be the missing link to make a deep playoff run with an all-star guard. Instead, it appears that he is back in the Minnesota mindset. That is why he is upset. He is honest and aboveboard and Utah needs to "do the dew".

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    March 31, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I'm just curious as to whom the Jazz would bring in to replace A.K. if he bolts? Everyone acts like people are beating the door down to sign up with the Jazz. The Jazz had to give Raja 3 years just to get him to come here! Sign AK, for a modest amount-6 to 8 million, if you have to trade him in the future for another asset then do it. At least AK brings some length and defense and he wants to play here.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    March 31, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    When the wheels come off you buy new ones. This team does not need the frail Kirilenko anymore, he will be replaced. Next season Bell and Harris will have guys chomping at the bit to take their roster spots. The future is bright for the Jazz. I would offer AK a veteran minimum deal of maybe 2 years, if he declines, oh well, we move on just fine w/ out him, if he accepts, we hope he stays healthy and focused.

    GO JAZZ!

  • JazzFanMontana Hamilton, MT
    March 31, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    I'm glad many of you aren't running the Jazz. byronbca got it right. KOC has done a great job. The Jazz have a few problems right now but this is a playoff team next year. Injuries have killed this team. David Lock said if you have over 20 Million dollars sitting on the bench at one time unable to play, you are in big trouble. Well, we've had 20 Million sitting on the bench many times the last half of the season starting with D-Will's wrist injury.

    I still think this team has other problems including the lack of outside shooting, lack of defense and lack of bench scoring. However, I am confident those things will be fixed come next year. We have 2 draft picks coming up that should solve the outside shooting and bench scoring problems. We replaced D-Will with a former All Star point guard a future star power forward, 2 first round draft picks (one of which is a high lottery pick)and 3 million dollars to help with cap space... for D-Will who was likely going to leave anyway. I think KOC deserves a standing ovation.

  • Jaggie Logan, Utah
    March 31, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Friends dont let friends draft Jimmer

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 31, 2011 10:21 a.m.


    Lol. Sloan WAS the GM. CP3 would be the hometown hero if it wasn't for Sloan.

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    March 31, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    Watch the Jazz win the lottery this year and then every one can jump back on board the KOC bandwagon!!

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Re SJ Bobkins:

    GMs are judged by wins and losses and not by how many 1st round draft picks they can keep on their team. After the Stockton Malone era it took the Jazz exactly 2 years to rebuild themselves back into a contender. It took the Bulls over a decade and they have twice the resources.

    Fact, stealing Boozer away from Cleavland was brilliant. Fact, trading up to get DWill was brilliant. Fact, getting Al Jefferson for Kosta Koufos, and 2 draft picks was brilliant. And if KOC knew that DWill wasn't coming back trading him was brilliant too. Look at what happened in Cleavland and Toronto, that would have been the Jazz in 2012.

    Here's my honest answer to your question: "Who has done a poorer job as a GM, than KOC?" Every single GM in the league who has lost more games than the Jazz over the past decade.

    Fact, no GM in the league has done more with less than KOC. OKC and SA have good small market GMs too, but they also got extremely lucky in the draft lottery, which is something the Jazz have never done.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    March 31, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    The NBA draft is all about chance and luck. Even in those years when there is a can't miss player or two at the top of the draft, you still have to win the lottery.

    If you are a small market, even if you get lucky and win the lottery and get the franchise player, chances are about 70/30 that your franchise player will bolt to a more attractive market when his initial contract is up. That has been the pattern in the NBA for at least 30-40 years. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (or Lew Alcindor as he was named when he entered the NBA) went to LA Lakers after his initial stint in Milwaukee. Shaquille O'Neill left Orlando after his intial stint, again for the LA Lakers. This past year, Amare Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony bolted for the Knicks and LeBron James bolted to Miami.

    San Antonio was very lucky to get Tim Duncan initially (David Robinson got injured and their team tanked the season, then got the number one pick with about the 11th worst record in the NBA). Then, they were able to keep him happy. That is by far the exception.

  • karenella Provo, UT
    March 31, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    Mr. Wicks, I like it. Sloan as the GM...that would be a dream.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Re Me myself and I:
    "We need to do a better job managing. I need to do a better job."

    "The Miller family has given us everything we've asked for, so it's our responsibility and it's right on us. It starts with me and works all the way down to the coaches, to the players"

    Really? "KOC never once took any responsibility for the state the Jazz have fallen into"? Did you skip over those quotes? When he uses words like "I", "me", and "we" do you think he's referring to someone else?

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    March 31, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    I hate to sound like I am defending O'Connor, but many folks posting here have no foundation for their claims. They are simply fishing for reasons to be mad at the Jazz. If you can't be a true fan, then go join the Lakers fan base.

  • Hugh G. Hater SLC, UT
    March 31, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    The fact that KOC said he WANTS AK back is all I needed to see.

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Memo is done and CJ should also go. Keep Bell but as a bench player. I would then dump KOC and hire Sloan as the new GM. He would not have to travel with the team and I think he would flourish in the job. Jerry is the Jazz and always will be. Offer him a job upstairs. It's the moral right thing to do.

  • Andrew J. Marksen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    When is anyone in the Jazz office going to admit that Fes and Memo are total busts? These two valuable picks could be wasted by short sighted myopia. Who would have ever thought that the last great Jazz center was Eaton. AK, Fes, and Memo should all be replaced.

  • kiapolo Provo, MA
    March 31, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    @Anonigma you misread it. He meant to say that AK is a free agent - "We don't have him back" not "We won't have him back"

    Chances of AK returning are less. He's the last stockmalonian, but he's 30 and he's been injured too much so I don't really care if he's back or not.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 31, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Has there ever been a team that has so badly imploded in one season as has the Jazz?

  • doc33 Las Vegas, NV
    March 31, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    Wow! I bet those questions made KOC squirm. What's next? A guest hosting appearance on the Piers Morgan show. Hey! The Jazz are in free fall with no bottom to the abyss in sight. How about asking more pointed questions?

    Like for instance, with the Jazz 5-16 since the Sloan retirement and a possible 0 for April coming up, why was giving Ty Corbin a 3 year contract before the end of season the right thing to do?

    Or, now that the Jazz's franchise and all star point guard has been traded, how does the organization plan to fill that void?

    I think the local media has given KOC a free pass regarding the trade and the current state of the team. On the contrary, KOC is the most responsible Jazz employee for this meltdown we're seeing now, and it would be nice if the local media would occasionally hold his feet to the fire.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 31, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    Kanter may have knee problems. Sullinger is not going into the draft. It would not surprise me if they went with an SF.

    However, there has been talk of Millsap playing the SF, with AJ at C and Favors at PF. Millsap would have to gain some quickness (probably lose weight) and extend his range.

    I see a big need at wing for shooters. Bell is not going to fit this new offense well. Hayward needs to develop his shooting or he is not the answer either.

    The Jazz need someone at least as good as Mathews. However, they should be able to do that for reasonable.

    It would be nice to keep AK but he could be replaced with the right draft pick. AK is much more valuable to this team than most realize.

    The Jazz finances solve next year. They also get a lot of young talent to go with some very good middle age talent.

    The bench has to be much better. That is mostly a function of money (or lack of).

    A hard cap of even 70 mill would level the playing field for the Jazz.

    I am looking forward to the draft.

  • SJ Bobkins Gilbert, AZ
    March 31, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Please try and answer honestly: Who has done a poorer job as a GM, than KOC? The man is a complete joke from avoiding Al Jefferson, drafting 2 stiffs around him, then paying twice as much as he had to get him from Minn., paying too much for AK or Mr. Fragile, drafting a cross country runners body (GH) in a draft filled with needed strength, giving up on only the second all pro PG the Jazz ever had and taking a collection of this and that plus $3 mil to dump him, and then the roof falls in, yet it's not his fault of course. How many #1 draft choices are still playing for the Jazz? Giving KOC a draft choice is like giving a drunk one more drink, or a loser gambler a $100 chip, whoop it's gone and you have nothing.

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    I have to disagree with byronbca 100%. KOC never once took any responsiblity for the state the Jazz have fallen into. With that said he did straight fowardly throw players and coaches under the bus saying they have to "do better". I know he can't play for the players and he can't coach for the coaches, but his job is to make sure the organization has the best players and coaches to be successful. This includes making smart trades and draft picks. In my lifetime the Jazz have had solid drafts only 4 times. Back to back with Stockton and Malone and 20+ years later with D-Will in 2005 and Brewer/Millsap in 2006. Bottom line is KOC isn't a good GM and the Jazz should find a younger more in touch with todays NBA kind of guy to replace him.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    I love KOC, most GMs would have dodged most of those questions or sugar coated most of those answers. That is about as straight forward as I have ever heard a GM speak in any sport.

    As for the first AK comment I think he misspoke, this wasn't scripted and this press conference wasn't about AK. I think he actually meant that he's the only significant player that is not under contract next season.

    When asked about AK directly he basically said his future in Utah is up in the air. I don't think anybody including AK knows where he'll play next year, maybe even Russia.

    I don't think it's a coincidence however that the Jazz drafted AK's possible successor in Gordon Hayward and I won't be surprised at all if they end up taking another SF this year. Barnes, T Jones, and Vesely will all go top 10

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 30, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Anonigma, I was wondering the same thing.

    The Jazz have fallen apart. The wheels are coming off. Who will be left standing in June?

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    March 30, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Am I misreading this?

    "The only guy that's significant that plays that we don't have back next year is Andrei."

    Did he just give Andrei's contract situation away? It just sounds like a mistake on his part cause he clears it up next sentence...hmmm