Utah Jazz: Kirilenko returns to form

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  • Yoyo
    Feb. 10, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    I was a huge basketball fan growing up, played in HS, etc. For one reason or another I stopped watching. Then came Kirilenko (in fantasy basketball). I thought he was amazing. I've never seen a player like this! He would just destroy any teams best swingman. When he first came in the league he would consistently hold players like Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Kobe, Reggie Miller, Tracy Mcgrady, even Allen Iverson to 4-17 shooting nights. I thought he was destined to be the MVP of the NBA.

    I'm not even a Jazz fan, but AK is my favorite player...and the cool part is it isn't just about him. When AK is real good, the Jazz are real good and it looks like this team is going to make some noise! I'm jumping on the bandwagon early!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 24, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Could anyone imagine what kind of player AK would have been if the Jazz ran as many isolation plays for AK as other teams run for forwards Durrant, James, Melo. What a shame.

    The Fact is that play develop depending on how their coaches use them. If OKC decided that Durrant should be just a shooter he (which they did the first year) he would never have developed into the player he is today.

    AK should be catching the ball at the top of the key 10 times a games to either get a pick (to draw out the other players big man) and drive to the basket. Or run an isolation play. He would have been unstoppable

  • miskky
    Jan. 24, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    james at 9:03 is right..!!!

    AK got the big contract because Sloan didn't have player for 'his' form of play. When AK was the go to guy, even when the Jazz lost they were fun to watch. Then came Boozer and DWill. I like Dwill but you can see him shut AK out of the offense. And Sloan, he doesn't really know how to properly use AK and we can see Sloan's confusion.

    If AK goes somewhere else and they use him correctly, I think he will be a consistent all star.

  • james
    Jan. 24, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    andrei is one of my favorite all time players, and has gotten a very bad rap from many Jazz fans.

    Andrei could be a better swimg player, passer, defender than Scottie Pippen on the right team, who would use a point forward. His psyche was understandably hurt, when the Jazz turned over the offense to DWill, who shut him out of the offense his first few yrs.

    Why did he break down in the Rockets series? DWill, Boozer, Brewer refused to pass him the ball on many occasions even when wide open. It does seem whatever rift was going on behind the scenes is over.

    I personally hope he finishes his career with the Jazz, but dont expect it. I will guess the summer of 2011 will see him move to Jersey, or to w West Coast team.

    Yes..he is gettign alot of money, but the Jazz were happy to sign him to a long term contract and did so on the strength of his previous yrs play. It is not his fault the offense does not always use him correctly.

  • THEeyepatch
    Jan. 24, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I'm sorry, nobody has room room for 18 million dollar bench player. Good prospect my love!

  • AK the once a year man
    Jan. 23, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    AK's wife allows him one marital indiscretion per year.

    How many basketball indiscretions should his contract allow per season?

  • CL
    Jan. 23, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    I love AK's game, he plays the whole game. His scoring is his weakest part of his game. If he were a good shooter, he would be a top 10 player in the league. Hopefully he will accept a contract the Jazz can afford and he can retire as a Jazz man.

  • hmmm
    Jan. 23, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    form..as in..him crying again?

  • Ah shucks
    Jan. 23, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    Get that man a book of mormon!

  • Calgary Jazz
    Jan. 23, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    to Anonymous. You have short memory. AK led league in blocks twice and was elected to All defensive team - no way he would achieve that with just brief flashes of greatness. Those seasons he was consistent and great. It all changed when Sloan got Williams and resurrected his favorite 1 to 4 offense virtually freezing AK out of it and eventually cutting his minutes.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 23, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Trade AK and we will never see a playoff team? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Jerry knows how to get teams into the playoffs. Championship is a different story, I still don't think that trading AK means we will never have a championship team, but the Jazz are always a playoff team.

  • die hard
    Jan. 23, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Start Ak period. The only problem he has is he still doesn't understand how to work for and deal with Jerry.
    Treat him like the franchise player he is and play him 38 minutes and we will find out if we have a championship caliber team.
    Trade him and I guarantee we will never see a playoff or championship team.
    He is the only Jazz player that is capable of completely changing a game for the better except maybe Williams.
    No Head Games Jerry just put him out their and expect greatness!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 23, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    At the beginning of every basketball season, we hear that AK added "15 pounds of muscle" over the summer or something ridiculous along those lines. Everybody gets excited that he's going to turn the corner with all this added muscle. The reality is, we know exactly who we have--a willowy, inconsistent player who shows very brief flashes of greatness--same as season one. He'll never be anything else, despite articles like this that give us a hint that maybe he's actually turned that corner.

  • Doug
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    AK plays like he has been drinking out of CJ's cup. CJ gets more fan abuse although he gets paid a fraction of AK. Sometimes CJ scores much more than AK.

    Trouble with keeping AK is going to be next year when we pay him 50% more than we pay our 20/10 PF this year.

    Plus when next season rolls around we will be getting valuable offers for his expiring contract and then it will be very difficult to keep him.

    Just like Houston has the TMac lottery this season for his huge expiring contract next year the JAzz will be entertaining offers for AK.

    If we kept our team intact and unloaded Korver we would be under salary cap and in good shape.

    Were we to package Millsap and Korver for Al Jefferson in Minnesota we would be in much better shape. And KOC they are listening to offers for him right now.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    He quietly has been a great asset for the Jazz.
    A great player who almost silently gets the job done.
    No razzle-dazzle, no prima dona acts (relatively speaking, of course).
    Just a good piece for the franchise.

    Thanks AK!

  • Willie
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    Receiving $193,000 per game seems like a good reason for returning to form.

  • AK
    Jan. 23, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    AK is out of place at the 3. If he was still in the 4 slot, his stats never would have dropped, and we'd have some defense near the basket. Put Payton Manning at wideout -- how good would he be?

  • Hugh Jardon
    Jan. 23, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    I agree, every time I begin to get my hopes up that the Jazz will begin to go on a roll they end up losing to a team like the Nets. The Jazz need to roll over these team.

  • DH
    Jan. 23, 2010 9:57 a.m.

    Playing a cellar dwellar tonight huh? A certain loss for this Jazz team.

  • Bob2
    Jan. 23, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    This kid is so talented and such a wonderful team player. When we get a big scoring night out of him the Jazz are awfully tough. As good as anybody. But heres the thing about AK--even when you don't get a good scoring night out of him, he's filling up the stat sheet in other ways as long as he gets the minutes. Look at it this way, who is out there on the court at the end of games (whether his shot is on that night or not)? AK is a gem--albeit an overpriced gem. But with his love of the Jazz, when his price goes down and he's still in Utah, he may prove a bargain yet.

  • Ferg
    Jan. 23, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    AK has been the missing peice for years now. When we allow him to have a larger role in the offense it gives him more energy on defense. I really hope we are on to something with his recent play. Jazz fans will be quick to restart the AK47 love affair if he can keep this up.

  • Theres the beef
    Jan. 23, 2010 8:43 a.m.

    His added beef is starting to pay dividends.

  • Andre's Lunchbox
    Jan. 23, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    We need Andre to open up his lunch box and feed us like this at least every once in a while instead of 2-3 times a season. We are all rooting for him but we cringe anytime he shoots the ball these days. If he could play that way 2 or 3 times a month, I would pull his lunch box out of storage and start using it again.

  • Chuck Nunn
    Jan. 22, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    At a Media Day that seems like 100 years ago, with media speculating all the previous month as to whether or not AK would be traded, or if he'd even show up to camp if he wasn't, I got the chance to ask him what his message for Jazz fans was out of all that. He said, "Always, my heart is with Jazz." I'd personally like to see AK finish his career here, although admittedly with a decidedly smaller contract if he re-ups. It looks like he's getting utilized the way he needs to now, and hopefully going forward he continues to start and continues to excel for the team and enjoy living in Utah.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!