Utah Jazz's Mehmet Okur gets compliments on condition

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 14, 2011 3:44 a.m.


    i think every single player on the Jazz roster except CJ miles would be better that last year...im just kidding..i just hope...that we win ballgames...go deep in the playoffs and be kind of like a cinderella story in the NBA this year...it would bring back the fans...small market team with no Superstar...getting deep to the playoffs...im sure is only made for movies...but with this group of guys...sky is the limit...

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Every single player on the Jazz roster should be better than they were last year, this team has a shot at the playoffs if 2 or 3 players make big strides.

    As for position battles, Milsap may be the Jazz's best player, but I think he helps this team more if he comes off the bench. Hayward will start and it doesn't matter if it's at the 2 or 3, it's the most interchangeable position in basketball and he can play both.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 13, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    I miss Jerry Sloan, who would have said something like, "We need to realize if we want to have a chance to win some ballgames in this league, we're going to have to start wanting it more than the other guys. Guys are going to have to learn to compete. Not just jackpot around all summer and then think they can come in here and make the playoffs."

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    I hope for the sake of hope that Burks is not starting.

    That's bad player development, you put your rook in to fight the likes of Bryant, Wade, or Granger and you create Adam Morrison

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 13, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    I agree with others that Bell has lost his starting job and Hayward should start at the 2, but I'd like to see Hayward get 35+ minutes a game, so maybe he will play both positions at times. Also, Bell might start each half and Hayward finish each half at the 2 or 3 if CJ somehow beats out Gordon at the 3. It's good Memo is feeling good and lighter and good that he can mentor Kanter about things, but I still see Memo as a bench player now. If Josh Howard comes, then I would hope to see CJ starting each game on the bench.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    The fact that a 6 year veteran CJ Miles is having to compete with Hayward a second year player with limited experience tells you alot.

    Hayward is rolling and CJ is a joke of a6 year veteran.

    CJ should have made this a foregone conclusion before camp every started with all the experience he has over Hayward.

    I sure hope Hayward gets minutes ahead of Bell at the 2. I can't stand to watch Bell pass up open shots again.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    The most frustrating thing I read and I hope I'm wrong is CJ and Hayward competing for the 3 spot and not the 2 spot, sounds like Bell may have the 2 spot, I hope I'm wrong, I'd love to see CJ or Hayward at the 2 and the other at the 3. Burks will take alittle time to displace whoever is at the 2 but I just don't want Bell starting, I'd rather have Burks start even though he is rookie.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 13, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Doesn't sound like Sap is practicing at the 3, but rather is still a 4.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Great to hear that Memo is in good shape and feeling better. But, how is his achilles tendon going to hold up in the physical rigors of the NBA? I wonder. Mehmet has hurt himself when he puts the ball on the floor, which is one of his patented moves. So, will he abandon this to maintain his health. If he does, he will jeopardize his effectivness of outside shooting. He also will become more and more of a liability on the defensive end of the floor. Okur is a turning point in his career when injuries are piling up him. This requires reduced minutes for him to tolerate arriving at the end of the regular season to be at full strength for a possible playoff run. He needs to pay more attention to his physical strength conditioning program to help avoid future injuries or aggravating past injuries. We will keep our fingers crossed. Good luck Okur. The team needs your contribution.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    I'm so glad to see Memo back. I've watched some highlights of him in Turkey and he looks like the Memo we remember. Funny how people knock Utah, but some of these guys we get in trades or as free agents, or draft like AK and Deron (until the end) end up really liking it here. Why? The fans are the best, loudest, most supportive in the NBA. Can't wait to see this team develop.

  • ThatsSoUtah Fredericksburg, VA
    Dec. 13, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Let's just hope everyone on the team can stay healthy. If they can, the Jazz could turn out to be a pretty solid team and allow the new guys to progress at the right speed without overdoing it. The future of the team looks pretty bright at the moment.