I have repeatedly seen these "backhanded compliments" from Boozer and am sick of
them. Seems he can't give a compliment to a teammate without a jab accompanying
it. It's like he's afraid to lift someone else up because it might shatter his
image. He should take a page from DWill's book and learn how to actually give a
That still doesn't change the fact thats he only worth about 2.5 million dollars
I like how AK showed his emotions. You can hardly call him a pouter, when you
have D. Wade and Lebron who think they have never committed a foul in their
life. He played hard and looked good despite shooting a poor percentage.
How many people actually watched this game? I was AT the game. AK several
times spiked the ball out of frustration and was constantly complaining to the
refs. It reminded me why I don't like his style of play...
I like pizza
I assume all of you have been watching the Jazz behind Sloan. AK got his big
contract because before Boozer and Williams, when the Jazz were rebuilding, AK
kept the audience and kept the Jazz from collapsing completely. During that
time when AK played so well and got his contract, the Jazz were so fun to watch.
Everyone played, not just the guard to power forward that had become so
perdictable and somewhat boring with all due respect to Karl and Stockton. The
success of Sloan as a coach of that building team without AK would not have been
worth mentioning, in my opinion.AK is still the most versitile
player on the team and when he isn't be marginalized by the coach and neglected
by his teammates in the game, he can still create more excitement in the game
than anyone except perhaps DWill when he decides to take over a game and
disregard Sloan's unidimensional offense of "Stocton to Malone", ooops, I mean
DWill to Boozer. Boozer will never be as fun to watch as Karl Malone. DWill is
already as exciting to watch as Stockton, no desrepect to Stockton, it is just
Let him shoot 20-30 shots. And then will see what's gonna happen . btw AK's
3point shooting is one of best in Jazz, I mean %. AK played at 4. Did not
injured as you said. So you don't know anything about AK and Jazz. Better follow
your Fakers I guess it's closer to you.
...can say all he wants. However, until he proves he can play like an All-Star
AN ENTIRE SEASON and not just for a few months I will be blaming him mostly for
the Jazz's early exit from the playoffs.
AK aside, it was good to see Dwill out there dishing it and taking it to the
hole.Jason Kidd should not be starting and I expect to see Dwill
replacing him once the regular oly games begin . . .
Obviously you don't know anything about team offenses and different styles of
play. In russia he is their number 1 option. sloans system has always centered
around a point guard and power forward. and with the addition of boozer and
d-will he has become insufficent. BUT it's not their faults for holding him
back. If that was an excuse then I guess Shane Battier would be out of a job
right now. But even if he was in memphis playing they wouldn't be a winning
team. So before you bash me you may want to learn something about team
commitment and a thing called the Salary Cap which AK is consuming all of. And
here you are making excuses trying to justify why he's worth that amount of
money. But to a BYU fan who thinks that just getting to the NCAA tourney is
success I think I'm waisting my time with this.
Do you know anything about basketball? Do you actually watch the games? Ak is
constantly hustling and making plays offensively and defensively. Is that what
you call selfish? Get a clue about basketball. He's had to adjust to a new
role. That role doesn't always produce many points, but look at his overall
stat line. It's one of the best in the league. I'm guessing in your little
uneducated basketball world that equals selfishness. AK and Millsap are the
ONLY defense the Jazz have inside. Understand how the game works before opening
your pie hole.
I wish the Deseret News would put the feet to thefire with these guys and
ask them point blank:"How do you explain Carlos, that many people
questionyour defensive prowess?""Andrei, how do you explain
your erratic play? Areyou happy being the fourth or fifth option on
I agree with the defenders of AK but have a little more respect for Boozer.AK is one of the most versatile players in the NBA, maybe the world, he
could start at 3 different positions, but in the NBA I think his natural
position is the small forward. Before Boozer started playing for
the Jazz (2 years after he joined the team) AK was for the Jazz what he is now
for Russia. Once Boozer came on board and his role started to diminish AK had a
hard time adjusting, I mean their aren't many players who could go from the face
of a franchise to a third or fourth option role player, in the prime of their
career, and not have some growing pains. That's a tough thing to do, but I think
AK is in a good place now and I think we will see more from him like we saw in
the playoffs this year.Boozer is a great player and the Jazz should
keep him if they can, but if they do lose him, if they could pick up a tough
PF/C like Okafor, Gooden, Haslem, etc. I think they could actually be better.
How blind we are by mere totals. Yes, AK scored 18 points. Care to guess
what his percentage was? 6-14 on FG's and 6-12 from the line. A great game? Not
by a long shot.By all means make AK the focal point of the Jazz
offense. Let him take 30 shots per game and see how far that FG% will get the
team. I'd wager we'd be closer to the team that he "led" to a lottery pick than
to a championship. But I'm not about to defend Boozer, either. He
is to defense what AK is to 3-pt shooting: embarassing.AK IS a
complementary player on offense IF you want to field a contender. I watched the
Russia/US game. AK drove around Carmelo for most of his points. Last time I
checked, Anthony plays SF for the Nuggets, not PF. U.S. team actually does not
have much in the way of NBA-style PF's, opting for better shooters for the int'l
game. In the NBA, putting AK at PF would equal a quick trip to the
hospital. He already misses several games each year with various injuries.
Playing against physical PF's would mean foul trouble or injuries.
It's not Boozer, It's not D-Will It's not Sloan, It's AK 100%. The guy is a very
selfish basketball player and I don't think we will get maximum production out
of him unless he is the first option. If that happens we will be a lotto team
Carlos needs to take a serious look in any nearby mirror before spouting off
about ANYONE on the Jazz roster. Giving back handed compliments like this is
bush league and I have absolutely never seen AK dog it. I would ask Carlos--how
would you feel, if after you have your first good game of next season, AK were
interviewed and said, "He was fantastic. If we were to get this kind of effort
out of him in the playoffs every time out, we might go somewhere."
Boozer is the one who needs to play with more effort. Yesterday's game should
have been a huge eye-opener for anyone questioning Andrei's ability to play 4 in
the NBA. He looked great. He scored from inside and out, played great defense,
passed the ball well, it was an outstanding performance against the NBA's best.
If Boozer played with any kind of effort on the defensive end of the
court we'd be a championship team. I can understand why Andrei is not happy in
Utah...he probably can't stand watching Boozer play at 1/4 the energy level guys
like AK and Millsap play at. If Boozer would start to box out, play
defense, hustle to loose balls, etc. we'd be a championship team. Until he
starts doing all those little things, I think AK deserves a shot. He is a
legitimate All-Star when playing the 4. Boozer can score points and that's about
Hey Gary, get off the Boozer band wagon! If it wasn't for his horrible play and
lack of "DEFENSE", we probably would have had a chance to make it to the
conference finals!! Boozer is good, but everybody including him questions his
ability to play "defense" and also play big for the team when it counts! AK
played great, not to mention he had to guard the likes of Kobe Bryant & T-Mac!
Tell me this, why can Millsap come into a game 6 situation & help make such a
huge comeback? Defense & Hustle, something Boozer needs to learn
i like basket ball but this is ridiculous, these guys are paid a kings ransom to
play a game...i pay my taxes and these guys travel the world...now because of
gas ...and the predicting heating costs..i have to give up my jazz tickets. but
go jazz anyways!
Very mature, if your the leader and you back it up by putting the time in
yourself! He should have said it with in the confines of the team but it still
should have been said.
Dwill has to share some of the blame for AK's "underperformance." A little over
a year ago, Williams admitted that he shut AK out of the offense because he did
not think AK worked hard enough in practice. How mature is that?
Jason Kidd should not be starting. Paul and Deron are the best point guards in
the league. Coach K seems to be using them well, though. BTW-- Booz said
we hope we won't be coming back here. He should be articulate. Duke doesn't
recruit Prop 1 players.
Kirilenko gets a bad rap from Utah's fans. He's consistently defended the
interior better than anyone else in a Jazz uniform. Along with Millsap, he's
the only other Jazz player who intimidates opponents from coming down the lane.
When Andrei is active defensively, the Jazz usually win...and they've won a lot
in the last couple of years.
I am so tired of hearing... We'll AK just doesn't accept his role in Utah or
whatever other junk you are talking about. Remember, Kirilenko is a PF, not an
SF. And he plays out of his position. It is like telling Deron he sucks because
he can play the SF well when he is a PG/SG.
NO doubt AK plays the game consistently well in international play--even against
the world's best! He was ALL over the court in Russia's game vs USA; had 18
points (by finding or making his own plays without a great guard-line to help in
assists) and 8 rebounds. Was also the go-to player in and MVP of the '07
Euro-championship games.The missing part of the equation for
motivating AK's Jazz-play lays on Sloan's shoulders--to find or develop a way to
motivate this bright star's 'star'-potential and to increase his level,
intensity and consistency of play. This kid CAN play the game well and actually
got physical, in his international play over the past year. To
anyone who thinks he should be traded, the light shoulda finally clicked "on"!
Consider instead that with just a little more of a persuasive or encouraging
court-side manner, a little better coaxing (by Sloan), is ALL that's needed to
instill the same passion and drive to lay it on the line, EVERY time--i.e. like
Stockton and Malone! Constant 'negatives', i.e. berating, benching, overbearance
of criticism, in-communicado (absent encouragement, patient mentorship etc.),
isn't working for him, and doesn't for most people with any sense or
A.K. can't play like that here - grumpy old Sloan won't let him.
are you kidding me Gary??? Boozer's commments were a complete shot at AK. AK is
going to take that as he doesn't work hard enough in a jazz uniform! Its funny,
cause boozer is the one all the reporters are interviewing but he is the one
playing the least minutes on the team. Its like he is begging for attention!
Booz is the one that needs to sit back and reflect with all that time on the
bench...he needs to watch how hard everyone else plays compared to him. Maybe
he just doesn't want to "tweak his hammy" again....
IF we can get more out of Boozer, we might be cutting the nets down...
I watched the entire game. I haven't seen AK being that agressive for a long
time. He's the go to guy of team Russia, while only being the 4th or 5th guy in
Utah.He did manage to score the most for Russia, but his shooting,
one on one still have a lot of room to improve. So I hope he accept his role in
Utah and play with the same effort.Go AK go Jazz
Hey Gary S.,I agree with you. But I heard Boozer stumble over his
words once. Remember what he said after the Jazz went um 2-0 against the Rockets
last playoffs? Something like "We won't be coming back here". Provoking the
Rockets like that and playing once as if home games were guaranteed killed the
Jazz against the Lakers, who knew that giving the Nuggets any sign of live could
hurt them later.Anyways, hope to see AK rocking this next season! o/
"AK was so aggressive and very confident he played great. Let me tell you, if
we can get that out of him in Utah, whew, we might be cutting the nets down."1. Maybe Carlos Boozer is right. If Kirilenko can get consistent next
season, the Jazz have a decent shot.2. Boozer is such a great
ambassador for the Jazz. Just read and hear everything he tells the press. He
never stumbles over his words, always has something interesting, positive, and
articulate to say, and always compliments and encourages his teammates. His
words exude teamwork, people skills, and I daresay charity. What a good example
for the rest of the NBA!