Utah Jazz: Wrist injury might sideline Deron Williams

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  • Step Up Millers
    Jan. 6, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    Jerry Sloan will NOT quit(resign). There has never been any quit in this man in his entire life and it won't start now. It's up to you to tell Sloan and O'Connor that you want to move in another direction and leave neither of them any choice! Your the payor not the payee. God will still love you and it's not as if the world will come tumbling down if you change your direction with this team! Look what has happened at Sacramento, Memphis, Oklahoma City and Charlotte with coaching changes! Why not here?

  • Team Leader?
    Jan. 6, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    D-Will seems to miss a lot of practices: "personal"; "flu"; "wrist"; etc. I can't help thinking that it's a negative impact on the team. How can they work out the bugs? Is this why he continues to walk to ball up the court? How do the other's feel about practice when their marquee player is gone all the time. Wasn't it Stockton and Malone who were the first to the gym and the last to leave? D-Will's lack of muscle definition pales in comparison as well as indicates he's rarely pumping iron. Do Jazz player still get on the bike when they don't play as much in the game? When was the last time the Jazz "blew out" an opponent?

    No Leadership and No toughness! CP3 should be wearing a Jazz uniform; Williams is just soft!

  • plyxply
    Jan. 5, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    Deron should sit out the rest of the season, we all know that there is no chance of the Jazz getting out of the first round. If we have a hungry, healthy DWill, cap space, two lotto picks to either trade or use, we'll have at least a different team and they'll get at least as far as the first round.
    Do it! Remember the Alamo!!!

  • The Jazz need to...
    Jan. 5, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    tank this garbage season and hope for the number one draft pick (likely 'Wall' from Kentucky). After they draft 'Wall' they need to trade the soft, turnover-machine (AKA D-Will) away for other picks or a decent center; he is not a leader.

    Loozer will be off the books after this year, Brewer too, 'Bum-Knee...er...Korver' also and M-16/"Free-pass" (aka AK-47) won't be far behind.

    There would still be a good nucleus even without those clowns. I think it would be a shame to let Matthews get away, Milsap is serviceable at the 4 spot, Fes should start over Okur and I think there might still be hope for CJ.

    Under this scenario next years' starting line-up could be:

    1: Wall
    2: Matthews
    3: CJ
    4: Milsap
    5: Fesenko

    Bench: Price, Koufos, AK (final year), Okur, 2nd rd. pick, extra 1st rd. pick (in lieu of D-Will trade) and a mid-level free agent.

    This starting lineup is athletic, will play defense, has a potential shot-blocker and OMG have you seen 'Wall' play??? The dude is a straight-up killer and a leader! Make this happen Jazz!

  • PR Machine
    Jan. 5, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    The Jazz PR department is in full swing these days. Here is what is going on. The Jazz screwed up with AK's and Boozer's big contracts. They know it! They have finally came to the conclusion that no amount of tinkering and small changes are going to get them out of it. They have two choices! Stick with it and try to complete for maybe the 7th or 8th playoff position ( very likely emlimination in the 1st round even if they make the playoffs) or unload them, but nobady wants them for that money, so the Jazz have to give up more talent than they will receive in return. Maynor was just the tip of the iceburg compared to what may happen! So at this point of the season we are seeing articles like the season is over, D-Will is hurt, everybody is trade bait. Stop teasing us, pull the trigger and get it over with. It is time to gut this team and start over. Sure the Jazz would like to keep Williams to build around, but even he is trade bait. Your own pick will likely be higher than the Knicks.

  • todd from sant a ana
    Jan. 5, 2010 1:17 p.m.


  • Cowboy Joe DWILL IS
    Jan. 5, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    Always crying and overreacting everytime he gets knocked down. Leaders get mad and take it out on the other team. Not DWILL he just cries.

    I say rest DWILL for the season get as many ping pong balls as possible and draft JOHN WALL. Now that is a type of player we have never seen in UTAH.

    But he will need a new coach other wise we will never know how athletic JOHN WALL is.

  • let's run
    Jan. 5, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    let him sit and get some energy out there

  • @Re
    Jan. 5, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    Actually you are very wrong. The players are trying to run the offense. The offense is now like a rotting fish. It has been negated by a shift in NBA defense style. Sloan has not adjusted.

    Most team do not make specific adjustments for each team they play. They just run their normal routine with a few tweaks and hope it works.

    The NBA defenses are shifting in ways that the average NBA defense can now over power the Jazz offense with little adjustment.

    The problem is Sloan. That is why there is a pattern. Sloan has lost for decades on the road due to weaknesses in his offense. Now he is losing at home as more teams can destroy it.

    You can change players but the results will not get a lot better over the long run unless Sloan makes adjustments that work.

    The Jazz need a new or at least a modified approach.

    They probably need a coach who can tweak the current approach and get the best play out of MOST of the current players.

    Panic trading is not an answer.

    A new coach who can adjust would probably save the season.

  • hate to say it
    Jan. 5, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    but Deron is a big part of the problem. He can't defend fast point guards. Walks up the ball way too much to conserve energy but then the offense is in a funk. Plus way too many turnovers. And he seems to be a bit of a negative. Still love his game but let's not think he's infallible.

  • Anon
    Jan. 5, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    Lets see, who can pick up the pieces. How about this for a lineup to start tomorrow:

    Paul Milsap - Forward
    Kyrylo Fesenko - Center
    Wes Matthews - Shooting Guard
    Ron Price Point and
    Ron Brewer at Small Forward.

    Then at the 11 Minute mark put in Okur, Boozer, and AK leaving in Price and Matthews. Then pull Price, Boozer and Okur and put in Fesenko and Milsap at the 5 minute mark of the 2nd quarter.

    This suggestion makes as much since as being 15 points ahead at the 8 minute mark of the first quarter last night and pulling D-Will, Boozer, CJ. and Okur and suddenly being overrun.

    Whose idea was that????

    What a Dream Team or is it a Nightmare.

  • re:the worst thing
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    "The Jazz need an offense that the current players can run."

    The Jazz can run it and when they do the annihilate teams!!

    The problem is that these sissy players are so mentally weak they don't care about losing. They are all more concerned about their contracts, their stats, and "their shots".

    Selfish bunch of sissies--D-Will included. He has the same or better talent this year as last, with less injuries, and yet Derons stats are better and the team is on pace TO LOSE MORE GAMES THAN LAST YEAR????

    That pretty much tells you what our supposed leader/Allstar Deron has on his mind. He is more concerned about his own STATS than making the players on his team perform at a higher level to win games.

    Deron is not making anyone on this team perform better. They are all declining.

    Is that what a good leader does?

  • Deron's pal
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:38 a.m.

    deron is a warrior& should play IF the MRI goes well. should be. he just misses a game when he cant walk - ankle usually. cmon deron, prove me right. i know you will. not only will you play, you'll play very well& win. you'll make your team better. dont lose faith in your teammates& continue to lead by example. it's stilll a long season. who else can bring out the best in your teammates? YOU. goodluck pal!

  • The Worst Thing
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    that the Jazz can do right now is to start trading good players and contracts for worse players and contracts.

    The Harp/Maynor trade was a calculated risk with unintended consequences. The Sloan inside offense has collapsed. I think it is because teams with a good inside defense can overwhelm it due to a lack of outside shooting. Maynor could run the PG with DWill at SG and provide outside shooting.

    If DWill is down or less than full strength that will also negate the inside offense and hurt the outside shooting.

    Price is fine for a 3rd string insurance player but he is not a starting PG.

    The Jazz have gambled on not getting an injury to DWill and lost. They now need a real PG and more outside shooting.

    My feeling is that changes need to be made to the offense. The Jazz need an offense that the current players can run. Sloan adjusted last year when Millsap replaced Boozer.

    He needs to adjust again. His inside offense can not be implemented by the current players due to defensive adjustments by opponents.

    Losing DWill just piles another spike into the coffin.

  • The Truth
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    Deron, sit out a few games!! Maybe the team will respond without you like they did the last time you sat out? If you are the best player the jazz have, why is CJ taking more shots than you? who is your coach? I doubt Kobe would take that if some scrub was taking more shots than him. D-wade no way. Deron you need a coach that will motivate you to shoot more and become the Jazz's Wade,Kobe, or Lebron. Instead of Sloan's stupid offense designed to have scrubs shoot the ball how about we get you 15-20 shots a night period. Take some time off, forget Jerry!!

  • Matt
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    It looked to me like he hurt his wrist in the Minnesota game... this probably just made it worse.

  • jazzman72
    Jan. 5, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Aren't we glad we got rid of Maynor to save a couple million? With D-Will out, we are headed to the lottery fast.

  • Aaron
    Jan. 5, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    Sweet! I think it's awesome we have that talented & highly regarded rookie PG to get some good seasoning playing time while DWill recuperates. Oh wait.