Utah Jazz notebook: Boozer named Western Conference player of the week

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  • Die Hard
    Dec. 10, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    Surprise Surprise???
    Boozer having a good year?
    I like him a lot BUT he has no loyalty,''PERIOD''.
    Trade him while we can get something for him HURRY!!
    Think Defense Kevin, Jerry's offense will be great with almost whoever you plug in.

  • Justin
    Dec. 8, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    @Sokol man you said it. Who else on our team is going to deliver like he is? Millsap might in a few years but even that is debatable. If we didn't have Booze and with the injuries we have now we would be looking pretty sad indeed. But like typical Jazz fans we latch onto what a guy says rather than what he does.

  • Xente
    Dec. 8, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    No hate for any players on the Jazz, they just won't win a 'ship with current roster. Boozer is a better answer than Okur for the Jazz. Bottom line is they both need a center to play with. Okur would be so good with a dominant low-post (offensive) center. Where Booz would be awesome with a dominant defensive center. They both have game, they just need a different situation to magnify their game. My preference is and always has been to keep Boozer and go with a defensive center.

  • carlos class
    Dec. 8, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    it takes a lot of mental toughness to turn away from the hate and put up pow numbers instead. carlos has totally won me over. dude's showing lots of class.

  • Great Timeing!
    Dec. 8, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    Oh, great timeing! Boozer is playing great but it is too late because the team already decided to keep Memo this off season. The Jazz have no money so they will be forced to let Booser's contract expire and get nothing back. Now we will be stuck with a front court of milsap and okur for the next 3 years. That means middle of the road team, no good draft picks and more loses to the T-Wolves!

  • Go Boooooz
    Dec. 8, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    Another great honor and someone may still want to trade for you - go for it!!!!!!

  • JAZZfan4life
    Dec. 7, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    gdog3 the reason theyve been gassed in the fourth quarter the past games was because they were playing with a 7 man line-up. CJ and Korver were injured and some of the players were on and off. But now that CJ is back and Korver is on his way to getting healthy i see a brighter future this season.

  • Bob2
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    I have to say that the Des News has much more savvy fans than the 14year old Gordon Monsonites over on the Trib web site. They've mostly moved away from Booz and are putting their shoulders behind hating Sloan instead. Most of them feel that Fez is the answer to all of the Jazz ills. While it's true that Salt Lake could use much better sports writers, we could also try to grow up a little as fans.

  • Steve
    Dec. 7, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I would hate it if the Jazz end up having a record that warrants only one All-Star and the coaches vote Boozer in instead of Deron Williams.

  • gdog3
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    Vince54 is right on with his criticism of the jazz on forced weight gain for AK. Body types vary and players skills vary. The Jazz need better wisdom on physical performance assessment. They have had more injuries than any team in the league in recent years. The training should be gone (fired). Is it still Mark Mckown?

    Not only the injuries are in question (training wise). How about looking at how the Jazz, despite being a young squad, are gassed in the fourth quarter each night.

  • Vince54
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    AK is going to continue to have back trouble because of his forced weight gain. Extra pounds, even if it is muscle, puts stress on the lower back. AK developed his body for quickness. His bones and joints have adapted to his lighter, quicker body. Now the Jazz management forces him to bulk up for strength and AK's joints, ligaments, and cartilage will suffer.

    Not everyone is Karl Malone. Good coaching optimizes the player talents. Bad coaching expects players to be something they are not.

  • wait a minute here...
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    ha ha KG putting up a .706 fg% mvp in one weeks worth of work.

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    I'm not sure if the jazz should trade boozer, i am sure that when he plays good the jazz play good. He was playing good last week. Minnesota was a different story, he didn't have an answer for their triple teaming. I think he deserves the award though.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    I agree with mark we need a true center. this memo experiment went 3 years to long ass far as im concerned. basicaly he plays where the guards are and ofers no offense rebound help when he on the 3 point line and no interior defense.Coach sloan preaches defense but do any thing to the players who dont play it,so they nothing going to happened

  • IVAN
    Dec. 7, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    Its great to see your legs under you. and playing the way you are.Playing d the way you know you should and are capable of.
    Keep holding your teamates accountable.
    It is easy to be for fans to be criticle when the majority havent ever played competively or coached at a competive level Like high school state championships, collage or pros.

  • Mark
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    Thank you! People need to realize that Milsap isn't a starting PF. He can't put up numbers like Boozer can. Honestly, we need a center. a true center that can play down low. If we had someone like Tyson Chandler, D-Will could throw lobs to him all day like Chris Paul did. That's what we're lacking.

  • Booze Fan
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:27 p.m.

    Good job Booze. Now maybe you could try for some defensive player honors. Go Booze.

  • Miles
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    Did you all forget we are way over the cap. Trading Boozer would mean taking on just as much salary for a longer period. We would have to receive a proven allstar to make it worth it in a trade. Boozer is more valuable by walking at the end of the year. Trading Memo would make more sense.

  • Idaho Fan
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    Time to bury the feelings. Boozer's comments are water under the bridge. The Jazz need Boozer. Unless they can trade him for another low post guy, we need him. Millsap is not the answer, although I love him on the team. He fits his role perfectly. Yes Booz has a big ego, they all do. Who cares. We need talent. I have been just as mad as the next guy at Booz, but let's be realistic, he's good. He fits our system and we need a guy like that. The Jazz are crazy to think they will be better without him unless they replace his position with equal talent. Millsap is a great hustler, rebounder, etc, but he is not equivalent to Boozer as a player. As a person, yes. Far better. But not as a player. How can anyone think letting a 20-10 guy go will make our team better? I know he is an egotistical punk, but he can flat play.

  • The Truth
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    I am officially on the Booz bandwagon again, good job Booz! However, I'll bet that if any other Jazz player was named WC player of the week, you'd see a lot more supportive posts. Goodluck Jazz you are going to need it. I haven't looked at the teams they play on their pre-xmas road trip but they may be lucky to still be above .500 when that's all said and done.

    Despite the AK haters on this site, you see what kind of defense this team plays when he's not in the line up, terrible defense!!

  • Keep Up The Good Work
    Dec. 7, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    That way your trade value will be worth something come next month. If he stays until the end of the season we get nothing fans. Trade him anytime between now and the deadline Kevin.

  • Sokol
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    Without Boozer, we would be the Utah Nets of the West.

  • Duke Days
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    About time Booz, just reminds me of the days you played for Duke All-American team and NCAA Title Team. Lets just keep it up for your current team and Help them get to atleast the Western Conf. or Finials

  • Trade HIm
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Trade Him. Millsap and his foul prone defense and his 6'6" frame are way better than boozer.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:47 p.m.

    What? From our Boozer? This is awesome!

    I have been skeptical I admit, but if he is willing to show some heart, than I am more than willing to give some love.

    Good job Boozer, here's to many more this year.

  • Cowboy Joe
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    As much as I hate to say it, but the Jazz need to trade Boozer now. He is on a tare and is stock will never be higher. When the Jazz gave Okur that ridiculous extension they officially closed the door with Boozer.
    How about a Boozer for Caron Butler?

  • THEeyepatch
    Dec. 7, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    ...and still Boozer will get no love from the Jazz faithfull. Good for Boozer, I don't think this will be his last POW for the season.