The oddsmakers have the Jazz as one of the worst teams in the NBA as to winning
a championship. Youth or not, the Jazz are a horrible team this year.
I know that is the Jazz preference with the PG, but it is time for a change. The
offense can't be the same with Jefferson as the primary scorer. If your PG can't
shoot, the D will do nothing but pack the paint. We had a PG who distributed,
took care of the ball, and defended in Watson, yet we had our worst year
offensively in years. Obviously he wasn't the only reason for that.As for lumping the wings together, you can do that offensively, but CJ &
Hayward can not defend the 3 consistently. Certain match ups they can, but if
both start together we'll be in trouble.I would use the amnesty on
Jefferson, just to create PT for the youngsters who are the future. This isn't a
playoff team, so why keep him. He hasn't proven himself to be any kind of a
leader. If they choose not to use it on Al, maybe Raja. The savings
aren't huge but every bit helps in a small market.
I tend to lump the wings together. I believe Hayward, for example, can play both
SG and SF. Miles is the same way.But your point is well taken.
Hayward and Burks are young, Bell is old, Miles is erratic, and Millsap can't
guard quicker players on the perimeter. That is a problem for the Jazz. That is
also the area we need the 3-pt shooting, not the PG. The Jazz have always asked
their PGs to distribute first and shoot later. We also need to remember that the
Jazz are not looking for a starting PG but a reserve. The chance of getting a
reserve PG who can distribute, take care of the ball, defend, and shoot the 3 is
remote at best. 3-pt shooting is the least important of those four attributes.
I wouldn't use the amnesty clause this year. Jefferson is still a
major contributor (especially since the other post players are so young) and, as
you pointed out, Okur is only painful for a year. You only use it is you have a
chance at a top-tier free agent (such as Nene) and that ain't likely.
re: joe5PG: HarrisSG: Hayward/Burks/BellSF:
Millsap/MilesPF: Favors/Millsap/EvansC: Jefferson/Kanter/OkurThey obviously need a PG or two. I'm not sure who is available, but they
need a PG with range. With 3 post up players in Millsap/Favors/Jefferson, they
need the point to be able to shoot consistently from the outside (unlike Watson
& Price). The real concern for me is the SF. Millsap is ideally suited
to be the 6th man, playing at the 3 or 4. Problem is that CJ should not even be
a 3, let alone a starter.Next question is the amnesty clause. Who do they
use it on? If at all. Okur expires in a year anyway. Jefferson would give the
most flexibility financially. But then do you start Millsap at 4 and Favors at
5, or go with Favors at 4 still along with Kanter (if he is good enough this
early) or Okur (if he is anything like his old self) at the 5?Too
many question and the Jazz don't have much time to figure them out. At least the
young guys will get the playing time they need.
Jazz roster/rotations:PG: HarrisWings: Hayward, Miles,
Burks (3-man rotation) with Bell as the deep benchPost: Jefferson,
Favors, Millsap, Kanter, Okur, EvansThe Jazz like to carry 13
players and they have 11. Obviously they need at least one or two PGs and
another solid wing who can contribute without taking away much need minutes from
Hayward and Burks. Obviously there is a bottleneck in the frontcourt with five
potentially starter quality people and one freak athlete who deserves some
minutes as well.So play front office and tell what you would do if
you were KOC.For me:1) Harris is a starter so whoever I
pick up at PG has to be solid but cheap and willing to play limited minutes. I'd
like one veteran and one promising youngster like Shakur or Bradley.2) Of our youngsters, I want minutes for Hayward, Favors, Kanter, and Burks in
that order. Jefferson and Miles also need to be in the rotation. Evans won't
bring much in trade value so we keep him. That leaves Millsap and/or Okur as
trade bait to pick up a veteran wing and depth wherever else is needed.
There will be no playoffs for the Jazz, but, there will be an excitement to the
whole "new" package. I am excited, for one, to watch coach Corbin and
how he develops the new rookie talents. We are going to have some sad nights of
basketball with all the youth on the team, but the highs of when they all gel
together and give us a glimpse of what they are capable of will be well worth
the heartache of the losses. I can't wait to see what free agency brings...GO
Short season or not this will be a rebuilding year for the Jazz. I fully expect
the Jazz to have 2 lottery picks in 2012 (theirs and Golden State's). I do think
that the Jazz will be competitive and very fun to watch, but I'd be surprised to
see them in the playoffs under any season length this year.
The whole NBA lockout leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I have rather enjoyed
watching more high-school and college ball. The game seems to matter more at
that level. They try harder. It is far more inspiring than watching these
over-paid NBA players. And it is also a whole lot easier on my pocketbook.Hmmm... more joy and intensity and far less cost. More humble players.
What's not to like? I have not missed the NBA.
Jazz Need Some Serious Depth At Wing !! No Consistent Scorer in There !! Should
Go For Jamaal Crawford even if it means Overpaying Him !
my question is what happens the first time Ty Corbin decides he needs to
discipline one of his players.....will Greg Miller KOC step in and tell him he
can't do it like he did with Sloan?The Jazz are now no different than all
of the other pathetic NBA organizations who let the inmates run the asylum.
They were one of only a couple of teams where the players had to respect the
coach and run an actual system instead of running a bunch of one one one look at
me crap we see with the rest of the NBA. Kevin O Connor and Greg Miller took
what Larry Miller and Jerry Sloan built over 20 years and ruined it in 5
Yeah.. May help them lose, That's what the Spazz do.. is lose!!!
@everyoneFeel free to ignore portland trail blazers comments. It's
just some disgruntled Jazz fan that constantly sends in the same boring comments
on every Jazz news story because the blazers are nothing to write about and
Seattle couldn't support a team. If we all ignore him/her then they will give up
and go get a life. Don't waste your time reading or responding to them anymore!!
Did this article actually mention the Jazz and the playoffs in the same
discussion?Somebody needs to take another look at all the new
inexperienced players on this roster...and even a bigger look at the list of
veterans. CJ hot as the sun one night and then cold as the dark side of the
moon for the next 8 nights? Memo trying to come back off a year long plus
injury? Young guys needing and possibly getting big minutes? A new coach? How
many games has this group played together? Uh, there will very
likely be no playoffs for this team unless our division rivals collapse in some
unforseen way.I'm not saying it won't be exciting to see what these
young guys potentially can do. One night you will get to see it and then the
next night you will be asking "where did that guy disappear to"? Such
is life with a bunch of young guys that are totally new or relatively new to the
NBA.Adjust your expectations accordingly or prepare to be
Portland TrailblazersWhat is the real reason you hate the Jazz? From
your comments I don't get the impression that your even a Blazers fan.The Sonics are dead. RIP. You should keep supporting that WNBA
team you have in Seattle.
The whiners and complainers are just jealous that they can't get people to pay
money to watch them do their jobs. Instead of complaining and whining, why don't
you guys find a way to get people to pay money to watch you do your job?
Brave Sir RobinHow about YOU boycott the NBA while I watch every
Jazz game (and any other game that is worth watching) I can during the season?
Ok sounds good.
Boycott the NBA! Don't pay their exorbitant ticket prices so owners can crack
crab legs in their private suites and players can make $100k per minute. And
kill their ad revenue - don't watch games on TV. Let's put NBA ratings down in
the neighborhood of the Home Shopping Network.Time to push the reset
button on pro basketball - time to go back to the days where players worked hard
for a reasonable wage. The NBA has spiraled out of control and it's time to
blow it up and start over.
@Portland Trail BlazersGo right ahead. I'm not signing.
This is all nice in theory, but the reality is that the Jazz has a very
inexperienced team who have not played together. There is a lot of young,
untested talent which should make for a great future, but this season I tend to
doubt that the Jazz will do much, let alone make the playoffs. It's doubtful
that Kirilenko will be back, Okur will grind out his contract away from the
court, and trades of some of our veteran players will likely offset any chance
that we will compete this year. However, we have great talent coming up and will
be a contendor in the future.
Blah, blah, blah.Yeah, yeah, yeah.Who cares?
Portland trailblazers.It seems like you care more about the Jazz
being in seattle than you do about the trailblazers. So if the Jazz
were to move to seattle under your logic, they would automatically be contenders
with the exact same roster they have now.Seattle didn't want to
build a new arena for a very good OKC thunder team so they deserve no basketball
team.Give me 5 logical reasons why Seattle who wouldn't do what it
took to keep a title contending team in their city, deserves a stable franchise
like the Jazz who sell out the majority of their games when they are in the
@jazz4everI agree with you. I at least don't think a short fast paced
season favors the Jazz. We are too young. It seems that 1st and 2nd year players
take awhile to adjust to how many games the pros play. Coming out of college
where they maybe play 30 games and then jumping into the hectic schedule of the
pros is tough and most rookies hit a wall@portland trail blazersYawn
By the time Corbin gets the team to a point they are playing together the season
will have already been over. The Jazz are going to need time playing in games
to get better and of course the younger players will need more time.Chances are Corbin will lose his position before the end of the season.
Last week I received a holiday 2011 advertisement for the NBA STORE. It had
advertisements for 26 teams. It had a T-Shirt advertisement for the JAZZ on the
very last page. The only problem is it had New Orleans Jazz. That is how the
NBA feels about the Jazz they don"t even know that we are now the Utah
A young, Tim Duncan-led team would have been a threat in any length season.
Durant's team obvious front runner anyway, but yeah, they should play well right
away, too. Hey Portland from Sandy, I think you are wrong. Jazz have a good
shot. Maybe you should move to Seattle.
Who cares...Jazz are not making the playoffs this season
anyways.I'm going to start a petition to move the Jazz from Utah to
I dont know if I can agree 100% with Sloan. At the start of the shortened 99
season, it was thought then, that it gave the aging but veteran Jazz team an
advantage. I still believe that, even though it did not work out. Tim Duncan
showing so much maturity in the playoffs so early in his career was an anomaly.
Whatever the effect age factor has, I do think teams with a set rotation from
last year will get the early advantage, say for the first 20 or 30 games. That
could well translate into a post-season berth before the teams with new
additions get to catch their breath!