The coaching grade is way too high. AJ throwing up a dozen 15-18 foot jumpers
is a coaching issue. The Jazz were badly outplayed in the paint...more
specifically, we pretty much conceded the paint in the first quarter--another
coaching issue. The lack of intensity, excitement, urgency--also a coaching
issue. This team was badly unprepared to play the Lakers, and embarassed
themselves against a Laker team that has not played like a playoff-bound team,
yet this season.Ty Corbin is a nice guy and all, but his grade is a
D+ at best.
When any team has a really poor shooting night like the Jazz did last night, it
makes everything else look worse, and some of that is the other team can be off
to the races after a rebound and get easy baskets. Let's see how the Jazz are
when some of those misses start to fall. Kanter, for one, will now have a really
good sense of how much stronger good post teams like the Lakers are at the rim.
Remember, he has played very little competitive American basketball up to now.
Good to see you out there, Enes, keep banging in there.
Our supposed veteran played like a bunch of sissies. Harris, Bell, Jefferson,
Miles, Millsap have all played here long enough but not a one of them looked
like they knew a single play with the exception of Millsap.Harris is
just a joke. Literally a joke. Play after play he does nothing to run a decent
play or penetrate a defense to set up his team mates. He does not play a lick
of defense either. Fisher looked like Derek Rose against Harris last night.These veterans are acting like this is someone elses team....and the
results speak for themselves.Jefferson is a vortex on offense and by
that I mean he sucks the ball in and the ball never comes back out. He never
passes. Just turns it over or shoots. He catches and always waits until the
meta world peace? huh?? He looks amazingly like Ron Artest. WEIRD.
Bloodshy: What you said in the last paragraph makes a lot of sense BUT;this would require the Jazz management knowing what it was doing. They don't.
I can't trust KOC in the draft. The Jazz missed on Jimmer buying into all the
media hype that he wasn't that good. Well, he's going to be as good as any
respectable observer could have surmised with the simple eye test. Drafting
Jimmer was a no-brainer but the Jazz let him go. Cantor may turn out to be a
nice player, maybe. But Jimmer could contribute mightily and could have given
the Jazz fan base some excitement more importantly. The Jazz will continue to
tumble and I'm not sure they will be around at the end of the decade.I think when Metta World Peace drove down the lane and dunked over three Jazz
players about summed up what we can expect with this team. One of our players
had his back completely turned, the other two flat-footed. The Jazz look
disorganized and uninspired and that play was a microcosm of the season ahead.
So much of the media went out of the way to downplay Jimmer Fredette that the
Jazz bought in to the (anti) hype and passed on somebody who could do what the
Jazz desperately need--put the ball in the hole. I was never sold on
Corbin as a coach. I thought he was worth the chance to finish out the season
last season, he was owed that for his loyalty. But wasn't sure if giving him a
long-term coaching contract was in the best interest for the Jazz. They will
probably have to fire him after this year and pay him out for the rest of his
contract, another financial hit to the organization. At any rate the Jazz seem
to be a directionless franchise and for every good move KOC makes, he makes
three others that move the Jazz toward irrelevancy...
The Jazz don't understand their personnel. We have several bums on this team
that need to be moved.CJ: Hit and miss on O--consistently terrible
on D. Mentally weak. Unload this kid.Bell: Bad at everything now. He
needs to retire or sit on the bench exclusively.Harris: Terrible
distributor. Nothing more to say.Al: Lead feet. He has a few nice moves
on O, but he moves too slowly to be a critical piece of an elite team. Unload
him while he still has value.We have tons of talent in Favors, Sap,
Hayward, Kanter and Burks. Howard is a solid short-term 3.I'm
dreaming of a blockbuster trade that sends Al, Harris, CJ and Memo's exception
for Bledsoe (Clips) and Ellis (GS). We might need to toss Burks and/or a draft
pick in too. That would create a solid core that could make the Jazz great
going forward.Or, let the team do what it will do this year and get
aggressive in the off season with two first round picks and a strong free agent
Aren"t you sick and tired of these overpayed, underperforming NBA players.
College basketball is so much more fun to watch. Yes, they don't have the talent
but they are much more fun to watch. Good bye Jazz, your high price tag does not
translate to fun and excitement. I am going back to the $7 college seats and
watch people play the game with emotion and excitement.
Does anybody else out there dislike the grading approach to writing sport's
articles?To me it's a lazy and weak way to put together a story. I
don't mind one once in a great while but using them more than twice a year is a
bit much. I felt like I was reading a report card. It makes for a passion-less
story.Statistics we can get over the internet. What I want to read
is the writer's insight into the game and quotes from things the players said
Jazz have no leader. Devin Harris is awful in all categories, especially
defense. He can't run the offense. He can't shoot. Cj Miles is having another
awful but predictable start, he can't shoot, doesn't play defense. Big Al is
usually good, but last night looked timid, scared, rushed and terrible. He
couldn't make a layup and that worries me. Raja at least plays defense somewhat.
Hayward hustles but is too young. Favors is ok, but limited in offensive moves.
All in all they are terrible.
Even though it's the first game and we can't judge the entire season yet, the
players who showed any passion should start in my mind. Millsap sat too much!
Devin Harris should be on thin ice with the coaching staff. Watson is a much
better playmaker. Millsap and hayward will be the guys bringing the fire even
when their shots are off. They should start. evans provides instant offense and
deserves way more playing time. He was the only player to take it to the hole
like a man! Howard showed he wanted it. Everyone else shows no passion!
Should have taken Jimmer for sure,, he fits like a glove in the NBA, he is
contributing in every game and can actually score points. We could have kept
Memo and had a fabulous shooter in Jimmer. Kanter is trying but he is a long way
away from replacing Okur. We need to do some trades and get somebody who can
score in here. In the meantime play Milsap and Howard, they are our only hope,
we are heading to the basement in a hurry. Our coaching is bogus , trying to win
with a batch of rookies is insane, this is the NBA not a junior college team,
most college teams could beat us in fact.
The Jazz are as good as the Lakers and their record will soon show it....0-2
Get rid of CJ Miles. All-Star one night, bum the next. That comes from a lack of
mental toughness and competitive fire. He is just too inconsistent to ever be
Terrible performance by the Jazz. terrible article by the reporter. Get
your facts right.
How much longer will the Jazz keep Raja? When was the last time he
shot anywhere close to 40% or when was the last time he put up 16 points in a
game..or even in 2 games for that matter?Why is he even on the floor
during a game? He needs a coaching position, like Stockton and Malone his
playing days are behind him.During the first half I saw Millsap
repeatedly at the top of the key on offense and was wondering if he misses Okur
so much he is trying to replace him and his position on the floor.Harris was continually passing the ball prior to even reaching the 3 point
line then not touching it again on most trips down the floor. Hard for a pg to
make and set up plays when he is not gettng touches on the offensive end, either
change the personnel or the plan.Tonight should be much worse.
How do you give an overall grade of c-, just below average in a 25 pt blow out
and worst opening loss in franchise history? Offensively they were horrible
defensively they missed a ton of assignments going to the middle and leaving
people open for threes. They looked unprepared, flat, and over matched at every
position. Overall grade D. Coaching unprepared, grade D.
Kanter could not hit a shot from 6 inches away. He can rebound, but can't score
and can't play defense. So far, a very one dimensional player.
utah has nobody that can CREATE. That is our problem. We need either a pg who
can create shots for others, or a scorer who can create their own shot when the
offense isn't working for our other players. Make a move O'Connor. Either use
the trade exception and cash received from the Okur trade to go get one of the
Clippers pg's that they dont need (Mo Williams or Eric Bledsoe) or put together
a trade for Rondo, the Celtics were looking to trade him before the season, and
they could use big men. Harris and a big man for Rondo? We need to do something,
a team full of role players isnt a championship team.
Kanter had 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. For now, that is what he can do. That is
what got any number of one- or two-dimensional players into the HOF. The solution at the 2 is NOT Bell. Right now, it is Hayward.
Did you even bother to proofread your article? You said Al Jefferson had 4
rebounds, he actually had 4 offensive rebounds and 10 total rebounds! You also
said Enes Kanter played "awful", he lead the team with 11 rebounds is
only 20 minutes of play and he was 3-4 from the free throw line for a total of 5
points. Yes, he did only go 1 for 7 from the field but it is only his first
professional game. Any rookie would be ecstatic to get 11 rebounds in the
debut!!Do some research and at least look at the stats before you
start assigning grades!!