Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson says he's upset at loss, not Tyrone Corbin

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  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    I've been out of town, when did big al say he wanted to play the 5? Is it a tribune or desnews interview?

  • amgolfer San Francisco, CA
    April 1, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    News flash for a few that have said that AJ wants to play #5....isn't this the same reason so many of us wanted DWill out? How many posters have said that DWill was calling his own shots? He was the coach..... blah blah blah...

    Bottom line, I don't care what AJ wants...he will do what's in the best interest of the team and not according to Al Jefferson. I love Al but he can't call the shots. I mean for heck sakes what does he actually know in the grand scheme of things? He has been on a losing team most of his career and he had a "taste" of winning but that's it. Right now we are losing and guess what position he is playing? His numbers are better for sure but that's not going to cut it if we want to get back to winning in the post-season. He gets exposed every single time by bigger teams. It will not change...until the Jazz organization and coaching staff fix it once and for all. Get a #5. AJ plays #4...#5 occasionally when teams go small.

  • amgolfer San Francisco, CA
    March 31, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    @Sloanhater--I'm glad you said it. I'm not sure what other posters are thinking. AJ is NOT a #5 (only when other teams play small ball). I could care less if he wants to play the #5--not his call. The guy needs to adjust and we need a true C to compete. Look, Dallas did just that by picking up Chandler and Haywood. Two legit 7'0--why did they do this? Simple, LA, people. Look at their front line? Dallas, LA, etc, will continue to eat us alive underneath if we don't make the change. Most teams who have been champions in the past have had a good/great Center. Al will NEVER be one of them. He can learn to play the #4....Is it just me or is good ole AJ set in his ways at the ripe old age of 25? JVG would make him co-exist with a #5....bottom line and end of story. If Al doesn't, well, Favors will fill the void.
    CJ-you don't think Sap could play #3? Quickness is the concern...I know. He is more athletic than we think. No sure

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 31, 2011 10:51 p.m.


    I'm confused. Are you saying that Gasol and Duncan are better defensively than Big Al? What athletic 4's are they chasing on the perimeter? Do they put their teams in a better or worse position by playing the 4?

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 31, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    It doesn't matter if Big Al wants to play the 5, it only matters what puts the Jazz in the best position to win.

    I would guess Big Al doesn't like playing the 4 in the Jazz's current system. He's not a pick/roll PF. Sloan was unwilling to adjust the system so the Jazz have been playing small at 4/5 since Malone/Ostertag were together.

    Playing Big Al at the 4 is the right move and Corbin should know and explain how the 5(Favors) will be playing the high post so he(Al) can isolate on the block.

    There is a reason that Popps and Phil made these moves even if Duncan/Gasol felt more comfortable at the 5. It saves the energy on defense and usually provides a size advantage on offense. Based on the rings, Popps and Phil know basketball and how to exploit match-ups.

    If a team goes small, simply slide Al back to the 5. These things seems so simple that it is amazing that after all these years around basketball Corbin doesn't get it.

    Hire JVG!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 31, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    Too CJ is too cheap to trade. Won't get anything in return that will help the team. He would have to be packaged with Memo for any value back.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 31, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    It is in the best interest of the Jazz to lose every game that they can this season. That is the ugly truth. If they get luckly they will stay ahead of PHO and jump IND in the lotto picks.

    Don't blame AJ or Corbin for acting in the best interest of the team. It may make the difference between getting a decent player and an average one in the draft this year.

    Trading Millsap this year makes little sense as he has a good contract. Which will be needed under the new agreement.

    You can't keep giving away good players unless you get great players back. It may make more sense to trade CJ. However, I do not think that will happen.

    Both Millsap and CJ are Vets with experience and relatively cheap for what they add.

    The Jazz have to add one or more ideal players at SF and SG. AJ, Millsap and Favors is a very good front line. The Jazz only trade Millsap if they draft another PF/C. But they will not trade him until after next year.

    Get some shooters. Millsap can shoot from distance.

    I expect Gail to spend to win.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 31, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Millsap is going to be traded in the offseason.

    Too small for 4 and too slow at the 3.

    Favors has too much upside to keep Millsap's contract when the Jazz have bigger holes to fill by next season. Millsap will be traded for a 2 or 3 who can shoot the 3 ball.

    Fes will be gone and Memo will be traded at the trade deadline for his expiring contract. AK will not resign (thank you) and his 17 million will go in the pockets of Greg Miller.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    March 31, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Well when you don't win any games these guys need something to write about.

    I like that front line Menace. Millsap seems like he has really been working on his handles. He is explosive off the dribble lately. Might work...

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    March 31, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    One member of the media wrote something about Big Al obviously not being in the Jazz rebuilding plans because he didn't play in the 4th quarter or overtime. How ridiculous of a statement is that? I wonder if that is the reporter he quit answering? I would have. Or just ridiculed him and made him look like a fool.

    Yup, Big Al said this week he wants to play the 5. He's an interior player. I can't see him wanting to chase some of the athletic 4's around the perimeter. He wants Favors to stay at the 4. If Millsap could transition to the 3 this summer, that could be a tough front line.

  • sweetleaf Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 31, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    Dear Media,
    Please stop planting these ideas into the heads of our best players so you can have a story.
    Thanks, the nonfairweather fans.

    Al great job ignoring the media guy that was trying to stir the poy!!!!

  • JazzRule Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2011 10:49 a.m.


    More fairweather fans, sigh. Oh wait, you are a cougar, no surprise there.


    Do a little research. Al does NOT want to play the 4. He was asked about being moved from the 5 to the 4. He would rather play the 5...

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    March 31, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Big Al should be upset with his coach.

    What coach leaves his best player on the bench in overtime? It was great that they made a comeback, but would Kobe, Lebron, etc. have been left on the bench in overtime?

    Big Al should also be upset that he's been stuck at the 5 all year. The great ones, Pops and Jackson, moved their best low post players to the 4 and won championships. In almost half a season Corbin hasn't made this move or any other lineup change that has improved the Jazz.

    I'm upset with the coach not the game.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 31, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    So few comments on a seemingly important Jazz article must cause concern for Jazz ownership and management. I love the Jazz, but I found other things to do when I could have watched the last couple of games. Interest, unfortunately, fades when things are going so badly. I hope they can turn it around.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 31, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    Good job Al, don't let the reporters bait you into a controversy; especially if there isn't one!

    I watched Al and Paul's reaction when the rookies were playing their hearts out. There wasn't anyone cheering harder for them then Jefferson and Millsap. While I hate to see the Jazz lose, playing Hayward, Evans and Favors now, will put them way ahead of the curve for next season. Besides, winning a game or two isn't going to do anything for the Jazz but lower their chances of getting a higher draft pick.

    Win or lose, play the Rookies! Jazz management might not like missing out on the playoffs but given the team's circumstances, it's the right thing to do.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 31, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    i think Al needs to be in better shape...like Karl Malone shape...needs a little more muscle...