Utah Jazz: With Okur's status uncertain, Jazz recall Koufos

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  • Jerry
    April 18, 2009 10:38 a.m.

    Bringing Koufos up now is like putting sun screen on after you're already sunburned. It's too late.

  • your wish comes true
    April 18, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    All you people posting in here all the time saying we should get rid of Okur because he can't play defense... well guess what, now your going to get to see how bad the Jazz would be without him. This series is going to get u-g-l-y if your wish comes true and Okur doesn't play.

  • How could it be much worse
    April 18, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    than watching a skin and bones skeleton & a man who's ego is bigger than a big nose pointing in the air.

  • miles
    April 18, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    plays ...we LOSE,he`s a soft unproductive LOSER,kobe will eat him up,as he always has,play Koufos or Fes some,and let Matt use all his 6 fouls on lobe ,the great one

  • Jason_Blue
    April 18, 2009 8:15 a.m.

    Finally! Sloan is bringing Koufos back! The player had 8+ points average and 5+ reboudns in the games he was playing at the begginning in just 15minutes time!! He can definately do a lot more but old man Sloan is infamous for not utilising young players and I am afraid Koufos will take that road as well... Unless, they trade him to another team.

  • CB
    April 18, 2009 2:22 a.m.

    No complaints or suggestions. Just give it a good try.There is always next year and more experience behind you. GO JAZZ!

  • jimbo
    April 17, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    good post Chuck.

    @Fes and Koufus

    Who are your top five power forwards in the game? If Bosh is not in there I think you may be the one suffering from nimroditis. I agree with the rest of your post though.

    Bosh does match up offensively with larger pf/c plus he plays D fairly well. That does solve the problem. In the jazz's system he could be a 25-30 and 10 guy. I would seriously trade Okur,Boozer, AK(just throw him in for free), and Milsap(if necesary) for Bosh. Dwill, Bosh, and brewer would supply most of the offense. That way having defensive centers, such as Fes and KK, will not hurt us.

  • Chuck Nunn
    April 17, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Koufos and Fesenko, just for about 15 minutes each if Memo plays, longer if he doesn't, are Utah's best chance to offset the length of Gasol and Bynum. Collins is a smart player who knows his elbow from a hot rock on the court, but it's Fess who has the strength to go toe-to-toe with Bynum, and Koufos matches up very well physically against Gasol, who is a nightmare as a 7-foot power forward for anybody to guard. Jazz got nothing inside in the second half of Tuesday's game because they're just not big enough with their veterans. Hopefully the younguns get a chance to gt their licks in.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle

  • This signals
    April 17, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    ...that Okur is going to be out for a while.

    The bleak fact that Okur will not be playing is going to make the Laker beating even worse for us.

    Oh joy.

  • Fez and Koufus
    April 17, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    We need both of them on the floor at the same time in order to just size up. The problem with that though is that neither of them have much for offense which leaves it Booz, D-Will, and Brewer/Korver to do all the scoring.

    Basically what this means is that we are going to get spanked anyway you slice it.

    May as well get koufus and Fez some minutes so they can get a taste of NBA playoff intensity b-ball. We are going to have to get them on the floor at some point especially when Booz leaves.

    Who was the nimrod who said trade for Bosh? He is thin and not tall enough--barely taller than the too short Boozer and is not that strong.

    What has Chris Bosh done for his teams in the NBA? He has not elevated them to anything of any significance.

    We better hope 1 or more of all the bigs we have Koufus, Fez, and those other two european albatrosses we drafted pan out eventually or we're toast for a long time to come because there are very few legit bigs available to solve our problem inside.

  • Great Move and Purple
    April 17, 2009 6:48 p.m.

    Koufos should have been playing all of the last two months. We would have won an extra game. Calling him up is nice but will he play?

    They Jazz knew they were hurting at big and were one injury away from disaster at C (Okur has a bad back). They should have been developing Koufos. He sat.

    Yes you know what you will get with Collins. A sure loss. At least try Koufos and see what you get. Bynum is still playing on one leg and rusty. Fez may be very helpful, but will he play?

    The problem is Sloan he has not utilized his player's capabilities all year unless forced to. Koufos on a bad night is not worse than Collins on a good night.

  • @ CJ's Little Brother
    April 17, 2009 6:44 p.m.

    With CJ the Jazz lose in 4 TRUST ME!

  • Branpuff
    April 17, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    I Agree. Boozer Should be sent to Orem. I'm so much more excited for the offseason than the post season. I think the Jazz should do what the Cavs did and go ask their best player who they should add to their team to make them play better.

    Its working for Lebron. Its no secret the Jazz lack Chemistry. Get Dwill some guys that will play for him.

    I Love Jerry Sloan. But the game is changing and he needs to adapt. And if he's not willing maybe its time we find someone else.

  • aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!
    April 17, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    Man the Jazz are absolutely terrible and are gonna get worked in this series...

  • Boozer to Orem
    April 17, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    Can Boozer be sent to Orem to work on his D???

  • MK
    April 17, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    Big Jazz fan in IL....I realize it is highly unlikely that they will win the series but I would love to see them play with some passion and energy for a change.

    Lets get a couple...please!

  • Dapper2k
    April 17, 2009 3:54 p.m.

    My bad I did type VRod. I know he was traded and totally meant Vujacic.

    April 17, 2009 2:41 p.m.

    The flash have a chance to win the championship. LEAVE HIM THERE.

    April 17, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    This is a great move to bring another big man. I believe that the Jazz can now offset some of the advantage the Lakers have in the post. I think Koufus will get more playing time that Fez. He is more active and more of a difference maker. I am calling it now Jazz in 7! And the Jazz will steal one of the first two in LA.

    April 17, 2009 2:17 p.m.

    TRADE DWILL FOR STEVE BLAKE! trade carlos boozer for a chesseburger okur for robert swift trade ak miles brewer and korver for iverson! millsap kosta and knight to the knicks for crawford and lee

  • Make the move
    April 17, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    Chris Bosh...Chris Bosh....Chris Bosh....is the ANSWER...!
    Bosh is a blue collar worker who can give the Jazz that BIG, defensive, man in the middle we so desperately need. He would work well here with Salons, demand for hard-nose ball. He and D-will are tight and he wants out of Toronto....!
    D-will & Bosh would be the foundation to build a team around and the foundation that would take us to the promise land....!
    Go Jazz!!!!!!

  • Sh@
    April 17, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Radmanovic was traded mid season to the Bobcats. The match-ups you pose don't even exist. Man to man, the Lakers may have Kobe score, but the Jazz could contain the 3 and that is where they are getting creamed. One player cannot win a game. If Miles is on Kobe, and plays with the same effort the win streak, the Jazz can win. Defense on the interior will make or break this. Man up, Boozer.

  • Me
    April 17, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    you guys realize Radmonavic was trade to the Bobcats...

  • Wow Okur
    April 17, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    Way to step it up for the playoffs. What a wimp!!

  • Miles
    April 17, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    CJ is the only one on the team athletic and quick enough to hang with Kobe. The other problem is AK can't hold his own against Odem. Not even close. Harpring would do a better job on him. Korver can not hold Vrod either. The only way we win is if every player makes an effort to contain their man and not let them go do whatever they want to do. Don't foul Kobe on every shot and keep him off the line. That means, don't let Harpring guard Kobe.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    April 17, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Walking wounded--ending the way it all started. Too bad.

    Does recalling Koufos mean he'll get playing time ahead of Fez? No need to call Koufos up if not. It's not like either would get that much playing time, anyway.

    Collins would start ahead of either due to his greater experience and Sloan's knowing what he'll get from Collins. Uncertainty equals bench time.

    Not sure whether having or missing CJ means anything to the Jazz' success against the Lakers. The kid's too inconsistent to be depended on.

  • Dapper2k cont'd
    April 17, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    If LA has the 3 best bigs in the series we lose big time.

    We need Boozer to be at least one of the 2 best bigs in this series. And Okur has to be better than at least one of their bigs.

    Korver can't let V. Rodmanavic be so much better than he has been against us the past two years. VRod has found a way to constantly get open, playing with Kobe and Pau might do this, and he has hit his open shots. Korver has struggled to get open and missed the open shots he's received. This can't happen if the Jazz are going to win.

    If Booz can be one of the best 2 Bigs all series, KK match VRod, Dwill outplay fish, and AK hold his own against Odem we might make this a series.

    Big challenge ahead for the Jazz. Here's to team Defense and big prayers being answered.

    GO JAZZ!

  • Dapper2k
    April 17, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    5 points 5 rebounds here comes our savior for the Lakers. I like KK and Fes but if that's who we need to win this series we are in trouble.

    We don't match up well with the lakers at all. If you go through the match ups we have an advantage at only one position and that is PG over Fisher. And Fisher does all the little things you wish your 5th or 6th guy would do, and what ours don't do.

    Dwill vs Fisher = Advantage Jazz (Big Time)

    Miles/Brewer vs Kobe = Advantage Lakers (landslide)

    Brewer vs Ariza = Even (Only because LA exposes Brewers lack of a jump shot)

    Boozer vs Pau = Advantage Lakers(We need Booz to step up and be the Boozer of playoffs 2 years ago to have a chance here in this series)

    Okur vs Bynum = Lakers (With a healthy Okur it might be close, with the Allstar Okur I might even give Utah the advantage, with this years Okur and being injured it has to be LA) Like with Boozer above we need our bigs to match theres to compete.


    Harp_AK_Milsap_BK_Korver vs Odem_VRodmanavic_Brown_walton = Lakers (Odem>Milsap_Vrodmanavic>Korver_Browd&Farmer>Bk

  • Miles
    April 17, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    Without CJ, Jazz lose in 4. Trust me.

  • Everyone gets a turn
    April 17, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Sounds like the Jazz want to spread the stench of failure around.....

  • Life Off, Game On
    April 17, 2009 11:44 a.m.

    Good luck, Koufus! Injuries have been a tough break Jazz. I would have had more confidence if the Jazz put it together going into the playoffs. No team in the West would be favored over the Lakers in the first round. I'm just not seeing it, but I welcome some signs of life for a full four quarters in at least one of the first two games in LA. Do you guys got it in you?

  • No CJ?
    April 17, 2009 11:39 a.m.

    With CJ on the bench, the Jazz win in six games. Trust me.