Utah Jazz notebook: Kyrylo Fesenko's injury woes take another bad turn

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    If they can sign Fes for the near-minimum, go ahead. You can't coach size.

    He's still young, you never know when big men will 'get it'. He'll never be any type of starter, but he could obv be very valuable in certain matchups, esp now that the coaches who thought the least about matchups are gone.

    Portland will probably offer him the max plus signing bonus, so good luck, Fes.

  • Wahanassatta Ogden, Utah
    April 7, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    Kyrylo Fesenko should wear a Jazz Uniform for many years to come. With his size and a little work he could be unstoppable. Self confidence will go a long way in getting him to where he needs to be. One off season with a good patient coach will turn him into a powerhouse.

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    April 7, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Farmers tan, well Gordan you will fit right in with us Utahans with that look:) welcome home

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    April 6, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    Fesenko admitted at shootaround Tuesday morning that his offseason fitness gains "just all went away because I didn't practice for a week" due to his ailing ankle. "It's all just flushed away," he added.

    That is all I need to hear. I mean are you serious? That is a joke if I have ever heard one. Where would you even begin to start with somebody like that?
    Why does somebody need to explain to him that preparing his body is important?

    I am all for projects and all but hopefully the Jazz are willing to start a new one.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    April 6, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Hope so Ed. Although he's missed 11 games to injury, he's been available for the other 60-odd games. He's had his struggles, and he may have not done himself too many favors, but it's hard to be motivated when you're not playing. but if he recognizes that he needs to put in the work, then that's progress right there. But the kid can play, and he needs to play. Hopefully he can come back to Utah next season and bolster the front line alongside Favors and Evans off the bench, or maybe even start alongside Jefferson and 'Sap. Hope springs eternal for the Jazz Oracle.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    April 6, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Prediction: He will be back next year. We do not need him to be a star. If he can play in 50-60 games 10 minutes a game, he is still a lot better than most guys in the 12th man position on any other team.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    April 6, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    I think he has the Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko phantom injuries...Only AK-47 is a more fragile NBA player, perhaps in all of the NBA.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    April 6, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    Like Fes or not, the Jazz are going to be hardpressed to find a big man that alters the opponents offense in the paint like Fes does for less than $2M. I hope the Jazz resign him for cheap and give him some quality minutes to allow our other guys playing center to play their true PF position. I also hope that Fes, if given the opportunity, makes the most of it.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 6, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    There is a saying, "You can't help someone unless they want to him themself"

    Until Fes wants it, it doesnt matter.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 6, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    No better big man coach than Stew from the Aggies!

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 6, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Fesenko has had the misfortune of being on a Jazz team for years with Coach Sloan and Johnson, who collectively were unable to get this player to do things that would improve his value and performance in the NBA. I don't think any of us looking at the Jazz from the outside can adequately evaluate what can be done to get this man to do things to improve himself. Something is missing to us fans I think. Patience for a lot of us is wearing thin. The Jazz do need a big player in the center position who can score and shoot freethrows. Al Jefferson is a post up player, but cannot be expected to handle it on the defensive end or to battle bigger players on other teams. That is just not realistic. Someone needs to take Fesenko under their wing, go to bootcamp and work on his deficiencies. If a bootcamp fails then maybe he is not NBA material. What amazes me is this hasn't happened before now. For petes sake, the man has been here three or four years or more. And what about the other Russian or Eastern European that is Jazz property?

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    April 6, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    Hopefully the Jazz are going to get a big man and defensive specialist coach in place by seasons end, keep some of these young guys close, work with them for several months and surprise some people this fall, Fess being one of them.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Unfortunate for Fesenko, but great game for the JAZZ. DNews may want to change the sentence in the article that Fez sat out the Tuesday "loss" to the

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 6, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    Fesenko is still my man to play center for the Utah Jazz. He obviously needs to be ready to play consistently in order to be starting consistently. He showed a lot of all-around skills early this year when he was in great playing shape...a lot of bloggers here forget that. Even Sloan said that if Fes could hit his free throws he would be playing more. Good luck next year, Fes, and hope it is with the Jazz.