Utah Jazz notebook: Hesitant early, Millsap settled in against Lakers

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  • Miles
    Jan. 5, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    To What's the point? Miles still played in those games. I want him benched for the entire game. One or two games proves nothing. Bench Miles for 10 games and see how Harpring, Korver and Almond handle all those minutes. It would be a joke!!

  • What's the point?
    Jan. 5, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    Why do people keep; rambling about our record with and without Boozer? It isn't difficult to figure out that the Jazz are better with BOTH players contributing, but the fact of the matter is, BOOZER IS OUT... possibly for a lengthy amount of time, so to those who just keep saying, 'we need Boozer back', he's not coming back.... at least not any time soon. I believe the Jazz suffer, not from a lack of 'Boozer', but from a lack of a decent BACK UP power forward. Uh, we don't really have one, do we?
    And to "Miles", it's funny you mention Sloan benching Miles just to prove that he isn't the problem....LOL Have you forgotten about that AMAZING come back game where Miles WAS benched (along with Brewer.... and even DW, for a while), and the subs got the Jazz back into, and won???? What did that game prove to you? I'm not blaming everything on Miles, but he is certainly a part of the problem. DW still isn't himself... and other guys are playing with injuries that are affecting their game some.. and no back up PF. Miles still a problem though.

  • Re: Anonymous
    Jan. 5, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    Don't forget that we were 8-4 with Boozer AND Millsap, 11-11 without Boozer. It's not an even comparison.

  • Fernando Arias
    Jan. 4, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    To become a star, Miles would have to show that he wants to be in the game every game. Against the Lakers, he looked like he was putting in time so he could cash his paycheck for a night on the town.

    The team in general looked like they were willing to keel over and hand the game over in the first quarter, which is exactly where they lost the game. Miles a big part of that disaster. He roundly deserves the criticism.

  • prediction
    Jan. 4, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    Unhappy with the jazz miles finally goes elsewhere and becomes a star.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 4, 2009 7:51 p.m.

    You guys enough of the boozer bashing, I love millsap just as the next guy does, but we are 11-11 without boozer, 11-11!!!! That doesn't cut it, ya millsap hustles and puts up the same kind of numbers, but we AREN'T WINNING! Boozer made us win, Millsap does not. We need boozer back

  • Flap Jackson
    Jan. 4, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    The name "Jazz" and "defense" are never found in the same sentence without qualifying phrases such as "lack of," "poor," "nonexistent," "terrible" and so forth. CJ is one of many Jazz players who slap foul, seem stuck to the floor when any lateral movement is attempted, and practices the "Oh well, we'll get 'em next time" defensive philosophy.
    This Jazz team is a big time dissappointment. Millsap and Price have so far been the 2 guys that play with championship ferver.

    The fact that the Jazz are slightly better than last year's record with the injuries may be a silver lining, but how many tough teams have they played this year and actually came away with a victory?

  • Morris Almond
    Jan. 4, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    plays with more passion,I really like the idea of giving him a chance,can`t do any worse than Miles is doing

  • The "A"
    Jan. 4, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    Miles; I hope your feet are not too big because it really must hurt taking them out of you mouth so often. I really can't believe you say the things you do.

  • Miles
    Jan. 4, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    why would you bench CJ,he is our best player,by far

  • Miles
    Jan. 4, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    I hope Sloan benches CJ. Once and for all it will prove that he is not the problem. I think I will write Jerry today and suggest that he bench Miles. Williams plays less defense than CJ.

  • Not sure...
    Jan. 4, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    Unfortunately, I don't think Almond is the answer either.... the problem Sloan has with Almond is pretty much the same problem with have with CJ. Too offense-oriented.... I don't know, maybe given some consistent time, he will make the extra effort as I'm pretty sure he knows very well what Sloan wants, just a matter of actually doing it.
    Regarding Boozer.... is he even tradable at this point? Don't get me wrong, I would love to see him traded, but is it even possible to pull off a trade, with him injured, getting ready for surgery?

  • Trying to think
    Jan. 4, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    of all the players that have done so well after leaving the Jazz...hummmmm,Del Curry???? can think of a whole bunch that haven`t done much after leaving,I`m not buying it,if you`re a good team player you`ll find a way to contribute

  • Milsap Begs the Question...
    Jan. 4, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    Why is Boozer still on the roster??? Trade that scrub. Milsap has what it takes to lead the Jazz to the promised land.

  • IDJazz
    Jan. 4, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    There is no doubt that CJ is not playing to his potential. Maybe its the system he cannot play in. There are many players who have not done well in Utah but in a different system have flourished.

    But the System in Utah is based around the Power Forward and the Point Guard in a PickNroll system. There is no doubt Milsap has the heart and abilities but rarely is he involved in the Picknroll and struggles when asked to do so. Most of his points nd rebounds come from him free lanceing. With Boozer out we have little or no inside offensive presence so no defensive team has to double down on the Jazz they just have to play zone or straight up man to man defense and all jump shots or drives are contested. Even when Dwill was out we were winning games with Boozer but without Boozer we struggle. No saying Boozer is the answer because he is to brittle for the NBA but this system the Jazz have either needs a very talented power forward or a system change.

  • Almond for Miles
    Jan. 4, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    I agree with how about because I really think Almond is tougher and shows more desire. Sure he makes a lot of mistakes still, but I think if he had the playing time that CJ does he would do a lot more with it.

    CJ played horrible at the end of the game. A bad turnover, and several weak attempts at fouling a player so he didn't score that went for and 1s. CJ there is more to the game than scoring and the team is more important than you!

  • mileslaw316
    Jan. 4, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    Could we please trade C.J Miles!!

  • How About?
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    Starting Almond for a few games? He is every bit the shooter and probaly better the C.J., and maybe he would play better defense if given the chance. I know he is tougher and goes to the hole for shots and rebounds with more determination. He just got on the wrong side of Sloan last year but what Iv'e seen this year is a changed player who is trying to compete. Give him a chance Sloan.

  • Jazzsmack
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    Face it Jazz fans,

    while we have good players in the 2-guard and small forward position (and AK is really a power forward),

    we just don't have the stars, the great players you need in those positions to win championships.

    The jazz never had.

    Just do the comparison of who the jazz have had versus on who the champion teams have had.

    Neither have they had the post players you need,

    while boozer and malone were/are very fine players,

    they are complementary players,

    NOT players you build championship teams around.

  • New day,same discussion
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Miles...not getting it done

  • Miles-Brewer
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    Kinda funny how "Miles" is now trying to link Brewer and Cj....I don`t see where there is any problem with Brewer and his effort,separate players,nice try though...CJ Miles is the problem,not Brewer...he`s earned his starting spot

  • It takes heart
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    Boozer doesn't have it. Miles doesn't. DW does. Korver does. Harp does. Brewer is hungry. Memo does and still hasn't reached his potential. And AK finanlly made up his mind to show what he can do. Price deserves all the minutes he can get. And, of course, an undersized Paul M. is a breath of fresh air.
    Good Heavens people, it is playing a game for a living. A game! Boozer is a professional "mover." I stood up for him in endless debates with fellow fans. He's been making like $25 to $30M a year, based on his actual availability. You were right, Cavs fans. Time to move on. Beasley might need a different system to blossom. The Jazz might be just the ticket.

  • Once And For All
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:09 p.m.

    What would you rather have-a player that gives 110% evrytime or someone that just has potenial and never gives the effort? Time is up Jerry, bench Miles and Brewer if necessary and lets give someone else the same opportunities that Miles has recieved this year. He has started every game and still doesn't give the effort, and these slow starts are killing us. It time to give someone else 34 starts and see if they have only POTENIAL. Potenial is like the money is in the mail. When does it get there?

  • Re: mixed feelings
    Jan. 4, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    I pretty much agree,Brewer hustles and tries hard,Miles does not,bottom line,Korver actully plays hard,just not the leaper, too bad we can`t have Miles work with Matt Harpring,just to pick up some of that toughness that he really lacks,wish we hadn`t matched....would have more to offer Millsap,a true competitor

  • Mixed feelings
    Jan. 4, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    I had mixed feelings when we matched the offer for CJ, and have the same feelings now. I'm disappointed he hasn't stepped it up... aside from a couple of games. He's simply not getting it done as a starter, yet I don't know what Sloan can do with him. Obviously, with the injuries the Jazz have, CJ is going to keep getting p/t. Does he not realize how valuable that is? If everyone were healthy, CJ would not be starting, that is obvious. How long does he think his 'opportunity' will last. I mean, we all assume that he CAN step it up, so if this is the case, why isn't he??? I don't have a problem with Brewer. He struggled after he left to attend the funeral... then he's struggled some in games where we found out after that he was sick (and puking during the game). As of now, CJ is a weak link, and "Miles", you can spin this however you want.... yes, I'd take Korver over CJ's current play any day (sore wrist and all), he has his weaknesses as well, but at least we've seen he has some heart.

  • Jerry Sloan
    Jan. 4, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Can clearly see that Miles is just not cuttin it,too bad but we can`t afford to play 4 on 5,he really needs to toughen up and decide he`s going to be a factor/impose his will, but I just don`t see it.....he`s 21 now not 18,what a waste of natural talent

  • Miles
    Jan. 4, 2009 11:00 a.m.

    Miles and Brewer are the problem? Who is better on the Jazz? Harpring, Korver and Almond? Now that is funny. I am sure Kobe would have gone for 60 had they played the bulk of the minutes. Ever watch Harpring guard Kobe? Kobe would go to the line 50 times with that matchup. No one in the league can guard Kobe alone. That's why teams use the double team...that is every team except the Jazz. I would like to see Sloan bench Miles and Brewer and let's see how the team does. Harp Korv and Almond are not the answer. They are a downgrade. Face it fans, without Boozer, we just aren't that good!!!

  • magnus
    Jan. 4, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    I think this is a critical stretch the Jazz are comming into. They have a relatively light schedule that shouls allow them to get healthy and practice a little.

    I think with Millsap back in the starting lineup they should keep bringing AK off the bench. CJ needs to step it up and get after it, but I think the JAzz need him to be a factor if they arer going to reach their full potential. I'm afraid that if he gets pulled out of the starting lineup we may never see him again.

    Go Jazz!

  • PurplePeopleEater
    Jan. 4, 2009 10:20 a.m.

    Miles will continue to have problems because of his immature attitude toward the game. Such things as not committing useful fouls (preventing and-ones) and not diving for loose balls will continue to plague him until he does mature--IF he does.

    I'm amazed that NBA players continue to make the same mistakes game-in, game-out, for most of their careers. You'd think with the amount of money and free time these guys have that they'd hire someone to fix their Achilles heels--their individual weaknesses. Guess when you're rolling in dough, having fun "working" at basketball, you don't care enough to improve, or perfect yourself.

    Foul shooting, stupid touch fouls, not using your feet to defend, etc., are all fixable weaknesses, and many Jazz players have them.

  • Miles & Brewer
    Jan. 4, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    Where's the beef?