Utah Jazz vow to keep fighting

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  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    April 3, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    With Okur, Sap, Favors, AJ and hopefully Fes next year (and Tomic if he ever comes over), the Jazz for the first time in a long while are loaded at the frontcourt. What they need are backcourt players. Hayward might work out at the 2 or 3. AK47 is getting old and questionable whether he'll come back. CJ is too inconsistent, but maybe you need to keep for another year to have experience.
    This years draft is a bit thin. Why not draft a non-drafted or waived player from the last couple of years. Sherron Collins or Scottie Reynolds ring any bells? All American players that are at least as good as Knight (the Ky guard) and probably as good as Kemba Walker too and unsigned by any NBA teams for the time being.
    I say if you can't get into the top 4 this year, trade the first or even both first round picks (and/or CJ or anyone else on team not mentioned above in package) for a good, experienced SG/SF, and use the second pick in the first round, or even the second round pick, on Collins or Reynolds.

  • PalmG Glen Allen, VA
    April 3, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    @JBQ: getting a big man is the last theing utah needs right now. next year the jazz will have millsap, jefferson, favors, okur if he finally gets healthy, and possibly ante tomic, we dont need any more big men. what we need is awing who can score, so we need to find a way to get harrison barnes or derrick williams

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 3, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    @ Duke5

    Every organization big Al has been with were losers while he was there. How ever: I believe with his offensive skills he can be an asset to a winning team playing along side a long defensive minded center to cover up his defensive weaknesses. Especially if he will work on his own defense in the off season. He's a 4 not a 5 The Jazz are not a losing organization, just this year with Big Al playing center.

  • deno22 Rexburg, ID
    April 3, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    With how the NBA officiates the guard play you definitely need a big guy to clog the paint because it is impossible for a guard to defend his guy one on one without fouling. Jefferson has to play the 4, there shouldn't even be an argument there because he is not a true center that can stop penetration.

  • Justmythoughts Richfield, UT
    April 3, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    I have been so disappointed in the leadership of the vetran players. It seems like they look for excuses NOT to play. AK has a bruised nerve in his knee? A hang nail here and there and they all sit on the bench earning their millions. NO heart on this team.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 3, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    With positioning for the draft in question, it would do no good to do well now with so few games left. At the top of the draft board, there are several quality big men who could really help the Jazz. Bring in Tomic and draft Kanter who is a beast from Turkey (Kentucky) and you could move Jefferson to forward as well as Millsap. There is also a chance to draft the good guard from Kentucky. There is actually a postive on the "other side of the horizon".

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    April 3, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Sorry Al! Its too bad you had to come to such a "loser organization".

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Big Al has a nice offensive game. I hope he will work on his lateral movement and defensive short comings this off season. I for one have seen enough of him playing the five. He needs to play the four along side either Favors or Fesenko at the five. In todays NBA you need a true center out there that can defend the paint. If he can score it's an added bonus. But first and foremost your center has got to be able to defend down on the low block. If not you will see layup after layup down there and that coinsides with a losing season. Jerry and Kevin got on the wrong track with this smallball thinking. I hope Tyrone Corbin has learned from their mistake. I hope Kevin O Conner has learned something too. Smallball is dead. Just ask Golden State