Utah Jazz: Kirilenko seeking return to old form

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  • bag on my head
    April 18, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    had no idea he made that much money. milsap should sign for about25 mil then.you could get 3 players better than ak for that much money. need a new gm

  • I'd shower fast too
    April 18, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    Of course he showers fast, it's because he doesn't want anyone to see his wasting away skeleton body.

  • manic
    April 18, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    one of the worst, if not the worst, contract in the NBA.

  • AK
    April 17, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    He is too thin and he gets the ball stripped too much going into the paint--i guess his hands are not strong enough.

    That said he at least tries to power it in and get to the FT line. He gets to the line better than mr fadeaway Boozer. Boozer has the body and strength but is so soft all he does is fadeaway or try layups that get blocked. Boozer is an embarrassment to the position of PF.

    AK defends way better and the net results are better even if he scores fewer than Boozer.

  • to miles
    April 17, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    yea- like cj plays such awesome defense that we can afford to lose ak. Goodness, if CJ played half as hard as AK he'd still be the starter and get closing minutes. Unfortunately he's one of the guys referred to with no heart.

  • Miles
    April 17, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    AK makes no attempt this year to be a team player. Jazz should have let him walk after the crying incident. They had the opportunity to get out of his crazy contract but we kept him and now we are paying for it. He shoots every time he touches it, he turns the ball over every time he puts it on the floor and his defense is average at best. He is a Jazz killer, too bad he is on our team.

  • Jazz CAN
    April 17, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    Yes, even though these players are pros and they have had most likely the best coaching coming up to the point they are now they still apparently need some motivation at the level they are at. They don't seem to care for the current system. It coulb be the result of bad attitude or bad coaching. Unfortunately, it looks they need a motivator. Sad to say,.. but I think things would change for the better if some leadership changes were made.

  • NYJazzFan
    April 17, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    AK will be fine.. last year against the Lakers he was the most effective Jazz player... I wouldnt have him guard Kobe tho, rather he should play against Odom, he owns Odom... and help on Kobe..

  • Anonymous
    April 17, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    The problem with AK is that he doesn't have heart! He has athletic ability and has improved his shooting ability, but as soon as he touches the ball and puts the ball on the floor it is 50-50 chance of a turnover. AK has no incentive to get better with 15 million+ in guaranteed money each year. The NBA needs to get away from these guaranteed contracts, learn from the NFL. AK was one of the worst signings in the history of the jazz because he takes up such a huge chunk of the payroll and just doesn't produce. I think I'd feel guilty taking the organization's money and stinking it up every night. Just me.

    April 17, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    You can't outsize the Lakers. So you've just got to put guys out there that can frustrate them. Boozer can't do that. It's Layup drills with him out there. You've got to try AK at the 4 with Memo guarding Bynum. I also think we've GOT to play Fes just to put some size on Bynum and keep Okur out of foul trouble. Too bad Fes got ZERO playing time during the season so he's not ready for this playoff pressure. We've got to play him at some point though. Collins doesn't get the job done.

  • Ak Rocks
    April 17, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Here is to good games to come. We love you AK. I think you should wear your russian uni under your jazz uni for good luck.

  • hello
    April 17, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    I am an Jazz fan because of AK. I wish he would be traded to a team theat will use him properly. And maybe feed him a little too!

  • Not Asleep
    April 17, 2009 11:01 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few other Jazz players weep. Join the club-- the fans weep all the time. I couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about. It showed he had heart-- the very reason he has been a fan favorite for years. Most fans I talk to think it is a strange phenomenon going on with the team right now: where is the heart? They see it in a few players but some key ones they don't see it.

  • Cummon?
    April 17, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    I loved watching the Defensive minded AK of a few years back, howevever i cringe today watching the more offensive minded ak. WE need him for hustle plays and defense not 20 pts a night. We have scorers, what we need is for him to realize his role and play DEFENSE. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE.

    Play Matt and Brewer more. Sorry.

  • Anonymous
    April 17, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    Great Article

    Everything you want from an article.

    Here is what the Jazz need to do to beat the Lakers.

    1 - Play Williams 45 minutes a games. And the minutes he is on the bench have AK in.
    2 - Have Memo and Korver shoot a combined 10 to 15 - 3 pointers a games. One of them needs to be in the game at all times. You have to make the Lakers pay for cramming it in the Middle. If Williams or AK drive in there, 3 Lakers rotate over and cram it in. Drive and Kick
    3 - Run multiple plays thru AK. Pass him the ball at the high post and have someone set a pick. How we never run this play is beyond me - just watch Portland sometime.
    4 - Guard the 3 pointer. When LA runs the pick and role, the Jazz guy guarding the Lakers guy in the corner cannot rotate over. Even if they get a layup.
    5 - Play Kobe physically. Thug it up.
    6 - Stop the Lakers one run. Call 5 timeouts if you need to

  • JazzFan4ever
    April 17, 2009 8:50 a.m.

    AK just do what you do best and let the game flow.You are the player I respect most because you have changed so much and set the example never complaining just playing.Good luck and let's give the Lakers more than what everybody expects.

  • Dapper2k
    April 17, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    Putting AK at the 4 spot is not the answer he can't gaurd, Pau, Bynum at all. Odem I think would be his best match up but in the past Odem has owned him too.

    I also don't like the idea of running the offense through him. In the past it seemed to have worked better but as with his defense and 5x5's his offense has gone downhill too. He commits more turnovers is missing more shots and creating less assists. Not a good combo. Where has the old AK gone and will he ever come back is the big question.

    I couldn't agree with gdog more, great take on AK. When on his game, 5x5's, he is incredible and I would love to see him get back to that form. I would hate to see it not with the Jazz but if that's what it would take I would still be a fan of AK. But first a fan of the Jazz.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2
    April 17, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    I would like him to direct his seriousness about the game toward layup drills.

  • AK 47--Key to Playoffs!
    April 17, 2009 3:20 a.m.

    GOOD LUCK AK--Despite a tough season, you still have the potential to be the best defensive player!

    If AK just focuses on defense, he will have an amazing series. I predict he's the MVP of the first round for keeping Kobe's average below 20 pts/game...

  • An Asian Perspective
    April 17, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    Please play AK at power forward. Boozer cannot defend Gasol, Bynum or Odom. Boozer cannot rotate. What's so bad about benching him?

    Playing AK at 4 is the only quick way to improve defense. You cannot have many block shots if you are at 3. AK can still block around the basket, but he cannot block middle to long range jumpers. Who can?

    Let Brewer, CJ and Harp guard Kobe. Maybe even D-Will while playing Price at PG.

    Jazz can score. What they have to worry about is defense. Boozer's lack of D is more threat than anything else against Lakers.

    Play AK at 4. Let him handle the ball on offense more instead of Booz stopping the ball at high post. Boozer can make some tough shots but AK can let everyone make easy shots. Without Boozer, everyone contributes as they pass the ball a lot better. It's not coincidence that Jazz play against Lakers better without Boozer.

  • Fan
    April 17, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    You know, I like the guy, and he would be a pleasure to coach. I never understood why people got on him about being emotional in houston. I love to see that a player cares and wants to do better. It's the indifference that we see in some athletes that would worry me. He is dynamic and will be needed for Utah to be a complete team. They're still a few players away from contending, but he is one player that can be a difference maker. Way to go A.K.

  • gdog3gtb
    April 17, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    AK47 is only 28 years old but has declined for the last 3 years. I don't know if it's him not fitting into the Jazz scheme, Jerry issues, worn down from international play year in and year out, or just his athletic skeleton style worn down. Whatever it is it still is. I think it would be a miracle if AK ever found the form he had 5 years ago. It's buried somewhere in the Hill Cumorah. It's sad because I think we all miss it. I loved the 5 by 5 machine. I am an AK fan and used to love watching him play. Even as a Jazz fan, I would be excited for AK if he left the Jazz and found his old form again. His best is so unique.