If your talented enough to be a good offensive player then there is NO reason
you can't play defense. Defense requires the same talents-quickness, hand eye
coordination, good foot movement, position and a desire to work hard and be
good. Laziness will not get it, it is nothing more than willingness to work and
think. These players that excell and the offensive end and don't compete at the
other end just kill me. Get rid of them, they are paid too much not to compete
until they need a replacement, that is why we have a bench.
Except for the first half dozen picks, the draft is based on potential. The
Jazz took Almond because he has all the offensive tools, and he is athletic
enough to become a good defender if he tries hard enough. I'm one of those who
was hard on Boozer all year because of his defensive liabilities, especially his
reluctance to help out a team mate in need. I truly believe that if Boozer
could play acceptable defense, the Jazz could be a perennial favorite to win the
West. The last thing the Jazz need is another non-defender, even at the
shooting guard position. In fact, the shooting guard must be a much better than
average defender because he is often going up against a great scorer. If Almond
learns to defend and is willing to put out the effort to defend, he'll be a
starter. Otherwise, he'll be playing in Italy or Russia.
You take what you can get late in the draft. If there's an all-world defensive
stopper on board, you can bet he's going earlier than the Jazz have been
Honda Accord is better than half of the Benz.
Many here are complaining that the Jazz have no defense! Well when they're
drafting why the Hellen Keller aren't they drafting defesive players? We draft
Almond for his shooting and this year we draft Koufous for a big body. Then the
Jazz personel readily admit that Koufous plays an outside Okur style basketball!
We shouldn't be surprised when these guys struggle defensivly! We can't
keep drafting a Honda Accord and complain when it doesn't perform like a BENZ!
As I recall Kobe Bryant could not defend worth a darn the first few years he was
there. Now he has aged and he is unstoppable on the offensive end and pretty
good on the defensive end.Let Almond play and learn from his
mistakes if he cannot or will not learn from his mistakes then move on but test
him some and let him play, I think he is smarter than you think. If Almond were
with Portland or one of the other teams they would let him play and improve.
Sloan would have kept Williams on the bench longer had he had anyone
ahead of him that could play. But given a chance he has done ok, why not
Everybody hold there judgement until Almond play in the league, it can't get no
worst then a center like Tag who ca't play D, plus i'm not worry about his
defense because Sloan preach so much about Team help defense it really doesn't
matter. matt harping always leave his man to help out and always get burn in the
process. So go Jazz!!!!
Learn the game of basketball before you make comments please. AK and Millsap
are the only help defenders that the Jazz have. When AK rotates to help and get
a block is when the Jazz get easy baskets on the other end and it ignites their
energy. If his guy is getting a layup it's because the defense has failed to
rotate correctly or at all. That's where Boozer is worthless. Learn the
fundamentals of the game before you open your pie hole. Lose AK and we have NO
Give the guy a break, look how much Brewer improved.Almond has his chance
now, so he needs to take it.If he does not work on the defensive end, he
willbe on the deep bench or in Orem. Simple as that.My question is
with Deshawn Stevenson, Greg Ostertag,C.J. Miles and now Almond, why
aren't the Jazz morein tune with the work ethic and desire of these
guys.They lucked out with Millsap, Williams, and Brewer..Wouldn't
they need to do a 'Danny Ainge' like studyto figure that out?
Some fans have no clue!! YES!! Scoring 50 points in a game can be lazy. If you
watched Flash games you would know Almond was the CENTER of the offense AND
often got torched on defense. Did you hear that? He is getting beat
defensively in the D-League. He has alot to prove.During Almonds
limited minutes in a Jazz uniform last season, he was burned immediately and his
man was repeatedly on the foul line--meanwhile at the other end Almond was
basically stopped. D-League vs. NBA.He better learn how to
defend or he will not be able to stay on the floor long enough in the NBA to
score ANY points.Like the Jazz need more offense. PEOPLE!!! We are
already in the TOP 5 SCORING offenses in the NBA. This team needs defenders.
The last thing we need is another guy who needs the ball to score but is absent
on the other end ie. Boozer. We could not stop the Lakers--that's the
problem.Almond vs Fess? The good news is that Almond's smart and I
think he'll figure out. Fess=goof-offI sure hope Almond gets it
because Brewer can't score from outside--not a legit 2 guard.
Almond can't defend and doesnt defend. Until he improves in defense he'll be a
huge liability in the NBA. Sloan and the jazz need defense more than
scoring...thats why Brewer is the starter and will stay the starter. If Brewer
can work on a 15 ft. jumpshot and make it consistently...the jazz will be
unstoppable. Thats the solution--
Are we sure he was ONLY talking about Almond? Boozer has been in the league HOW
long and he still can't defend a pick and roll? He extends his arm while
somebody nails his feet to the ground and both players blow right by him.
Anybody remember how often Giricek was called for traveling with his patented
jump stop? What about AK's defense? I don't think his 2.1 blocks per game are
worth the 5 layups we give up when he cheats from the weak side EVERY TIME to
get a block and they find the guy he was defending under the hoop. One thing is
sure, Brewer has significantly improved since he first joined the Jazz, so there
is still a glimmer of hope with Almond.
Almond is gonna be so great for us. He's young and has a lot to develop, but if
the Jazz will be patient with him he can be the all around scorer/defender the
Jazz need, and since I doubt we'll be seeing Miles in a Jazz jersey this year,
this is his chance to prove he can be that player. Go Almond!
Lazy? Doesn't run floor? Doesn't defend? Sounds like Boozer and Memo described
in one quote by Jerry Sloan. If Sloan has issues with Almond then he needs to
chat with Boozer this summer as well. All Boozer does is score. His defense
consists of falling away from a defender or swiping at the ball trying for a
steal. We need another scoring two guard not Rudy Rueddeger!
Aaaaaaaand Morris Almond is reading the paper this morning!
I thought the reason the Jazz picked Almond was because he was a shooter and
scorer. It seems to me he has shown that. I don`t think he has played enough on
the Jazz to be critisized to much.
Lazy is what you call a ball player who doesn't run the floor and just stays on
his end to get the ball and add to his 50+. Have you ever played with anyone
like that. It is not fun. They don't help on defense cause they're all about the
Almond lazy? You're right scoring 50+ points in a game is "lazy". No, "lazy"
is Booooooo-zer. I would take Almond as a starter any day with your idiotic
analogy of his "all". Go back to burying your head in the sand where it
Jerry is a no bull kind of guy, we all know that. With C.J.'s future in question
with Sloan, Almond is in a key position to move up in the roster this year. He
can shoot the ball, and is more athletic than Korver, but he does seem a bit
lazy. In D-league games he never seemd to be giving it his all. If he can step
up his defense, there will be a lot more minutes for him this season.