Utah Jazz notebook: Gaines signed; Koufos reassigned

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  • Wonder
    Jan. 25, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    How does Gaines feel knowing that AK makes almost as much in one game as he will make all year.

  • @hypocrisy
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Agreed. Add Brewer, Gaines, and DWill to that list. KK, prepare to be a journeyman.

  • Tyler
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    NO WE DONT WANT AMA'RE. You think Boozer's defense is bad...

  • The $215,336 SHOT!!
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Gaines made it so he gets the contract.

    Good for him--hopefully we don't end up needing alot of minutes from him though.

    D-Will is starting to roll.

  • Hypocrisy
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    Jerry doesn't play rookies?

    Tell that to Millsap and Matthews.

    Players who deserve to play and earn minutes usually get them.

    You can't bench a 10 million dollar player who is clearly better just to "give" these clutsy college big men some minutes though.

    Please apply some logic.

    Koufus looked awful the other night.

    He needs minutes in the D-league. That is why the coaches are sending him there...so he can get some minutes and develop.

  • re:FDR
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    What planet do you live on?

    Evidently they don't play basketball there.

    Koufus was a pile of turnovers, fouls, and generally looked lost when he played the other night.

    Who are you going to bench, and jeopardize wins, to put on the floor to play Koufus instead?

    I hope he develops as much as anyone but could it be any more apparent he is not ready now?

    Putting him out there now just destroys his confidence and jeopardizes our current chemistry and wins.

    Sometimes I wonder about the average Jazz fan that demonstrats such little basketball IQ.

  • Steve
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    Everybody rips on Sloan for not giving Koufos minutes, but does anybody ever notice that the guy gets about 6 fouls in every 7 minutes of play? How can you give him minutes, when

    1 - his minutes hurt the team because of his ridiculous fouls.

    2 - He fouls out of the game in 7 minutes and accomplishes nothing during that time anyway.

    The guy has to learn to stay on the court before Sloan can opt to leave him on the court.

    Why is everyone so ready to bash on Sloan for every little thing that is or isn't his fault this year?

  • Jack Bauer
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Well committing successive turnovers, travelling calls doesn't help KK's case. Got to take advantage of the minutes given especially during garbage time to showcase your talent and why you got drafted by the Jazz inorder to impress the coaches. But coming in unprepared will earned you a trip to the D League. Just look at Wes Matthews when he comes in, he is ready and on the flow of the game. KK on the other hand looks lost out there, just my observation and everyone else!!!

  • Susan the Truth Machine
    Jan. 25, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Would probably say: "Andre pulled his head out lately and that makes my decision to bring him off the bench look pretty stupid. But given time, I'm sure he'll bounce up and down again! That's who he is - we'll just enjoy the ride for now!"

  • Fred in NJ
    Jan. 25, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    As a 7 footer (listed), Kosta Koufos has not owned solid low post moves. It is very hard to develop low post moves, even Dwight Howard has not owned it for so many years in the NBA. In NJ, I watch Brook Lopez in his rookie year doing nothing much but low post moves. He tried to post-up in nearly every possession. Now he is an inside threat for the Nets, a legitimate C in the NBA that a team can build around.

    I hope our 7-footers, Fess and Kosta, can develop solid low post moves in the D-league first. It is much harder to post-up against defenders in the NBA than in the D-league. Since Kosta is going to the Flash, he should take the chance to develop and polish his his post-up skills and moves.

  • I M
    Jan. 25, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Kosta playing badly has nothing to do with Sloan, and last year he played more becuase of the injuries to the bigs on the team. Kosta is only 20 years old, he is a kid of course he is going to be nervous going into a game, I heard Drew Brees the other day say he was nrevous about playing in the playoffs like he is before every game. Slaon has not ruined this kid, he is not ruined he is just a kid. As for playing him more, well its easy for us to say what a coach should do as we sit on our couch, everyone is a great coach in their own living room.

    Yea maybe this kid could have been used different but he hasnt and its not becuase he didnt play summer ball. He is aproject that will work out hehas the talent, and dont give me Jerry has torn his heart out, young players rarely play in the NBA unless they are great......

  • Trade Idea
    Jan. 25, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    Why don't we trade Memo and Miles for Amare? That way if Amare walks we have time for Jazz bigs to develop next season and also have some money to extend Boozer's contract? What do you all think?

  • SinceNow
    Jan. 25, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    I was at the Nets game. Tell me something. If Kosta Koufos can't hold his ground against an 3-39 Nets team when the Jazz have a 40 point lead, how on Earth does that merit more playing time? He has nerves of jelly. He couldn't hold a pivet; three straight plays, he turned the ball over because they fed him the ball just outside the paint and he stumbled. That's fundamental ball. That's not lack of minutes in games. He desperately needs some D-League time to learn to control his nerves.

  • Jazz Cop
    Jan. 25, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    @rabbit-good point. It's clear that if koufus was under contract to go to the summer league that he would've been there, and if sloan is disciplining koufus-which we have reason to believe he is doing, then sloan is wrong for that kind of punishment. Especially by placing a restriction on the one thing that will make koufus a better player, sloans punishment is costing the jazz more than whatever the value of sloans agenda is. Koufus is under contract, why have him under contract to not use him? THis is managment of the front offices decision to invest in koufus.
    So, its little surprise that when koufus finally gets into a game and he is a little soft. The d-league will be good experience if it toughens him up. SO yeah, at the time, it makes sloan look right, and everyone can say koufus isn't good, because sloan can arrange things to appear that he is smart/good coach, sloan will run koufus career into the ground this way because koufus can't do anything but wonder why he is sitting on the bench for a reason that sloan doesn't explain

  • Jim C
    Jan. 25, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    All you hear about is how hard of worker this kid is and you would think that Jerry would try to find minutes here or there for him. Jerry says he is getting better but he played more last year. It just seems to me that Jerry is so set in his ways, when it comes to minutes, time outs and players etc. I think if Jerry were more flexible, he would look at matchups and game situations where he can get his young bigs in the game more even if it's only 5 minutes here or there.

    There have been a number of times when he could have left in Booz, AK, Deron or Memo to play with the young guys at the end of the ball game if he was worried about losing the lead. Do you always have to throw all your scrubs out there at one time at the end Jerry? If that is the case, then of course you wouldn't do it until there was about a minute to go.

    Let Koufos stay in the D-league if you aren't going to play him. Maybe he will improve there....

  • BB
    Jan. 25, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Dose this mean were signing someone better than Kosta? He was walking all over the place the other night!

  • Rabbit
    Jan. 25, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    Our memories seem to be very short when it comes to Kosta. When he came here his rookie season, all we heard was that he worked extreemly hard to make himself better. He was early to practice and stayed late. Last year Jerry did use him more and was impressive in some games. How has Jerry rewarded him this year. Because he did not play summer ball Jerry has buried him on the bench. Even in blowouts he was given no time on the floor. Finally he gets in a game and commits four turnovers, and people say, see Jerry knew what he was doing. I have a different take. Jerry has torn the heart out of this kid. Destroyed his incentive to work hard. He is so nervous now when he gets in a game. I am happy he is going to the D league. He needs someplace to regain his confidence, and skills in real game situations. I wish him the best and continue to hope for a coaching change.

  • I M
    Jan. 25, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    Players are developed in practice not games, pactice is when you get all the reps not games, the only thing that game helps you with is confidence in all those reps you take in practice. That is just the way the NBA is all the way down to High School. It would be hard for a coach to develope a 20 year old kid like Kosta during games, yea i know it gives them the seasoning that they need but man you are right up there he still should be playing a O state.

    We as fans think that its still the 80's and early 90's when most players stayed in colleage for 4 years, its not thats why these guys like KK and miles strugle with confidence. Well there are some exceptions out there but for a middle of the road talent kids should stay for 4 years, thats why Gains, Maynor and Mathews give solid play.

  • AgBoy94
    Jan. 25, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    Wow, could not disagree more related to Koufos...he looks out of place, clumsy, and just needs some time to grow in the D-league. Can't understand why many Jazz fans are so big on this guy...

  • FDR
    Jan. 25, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    Agree totally with the Mailman. We are wasting KK, but he will play well with the flash, just as he would have if he was given minutes with the Jazz. We are making a big mistake, if we dont have KK in our plans. He is the combo big we need, who can play along side anyone. Jerry, hate to say it, but you are mistaken here.

  • Doug
    Jan. 25, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    I am thrilled that Koufos will finally get some minutes. That will toughen him up for real game times. Playing in the D league will help make up for 3 years of NCAA that he passed up to get into the NBA. He should have been playing there for the past 3 months though in order to catch up. Not very likely he will catch up in the next 80 days.

    Nice to sign gaines. The team with the best record now has 2 d-leaguers playing for them so we can easily afford a good d-leaguer to help us out.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    It's fun when they win and Boozer leads out like he actually cares. WHen he goes to the hole strong, he's very hard to stop; just ask Tim Duncan about his experience with Boozer last week. As Boozer goes, so go the Jazz. Any chance he can keep it up foro the rest of the season?

  • the Mailman
    Jan. 25, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Credit to Sloan for admitting he got it wrong playing Ak off the bench. The man is our best defender and is getting max money so it only makes sense to use him as much as we can.

    Pity though Koufos is being sent back to the Flash. Why not develop the guy by giving him minutes when he can. Same with Fez. How can Sloan expect them to come in and play well when they are not getting the exposure every young player needs to develop and improve their game. They get no confidence shown in them and are regularly called out in the media by Coach. Bad people skills if ever i've seen it.

    C'mon Jerry, give it away, we'll still remember you..

  • Id Jazz fan
    Jan. 25, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    We miss ya at the Stampede but are so glad to have you on the Jazz!!!!! Way to go...welcome to the big show!!