Jazz weaknesses painfully obvious in blowout loss to Lakers

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  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 28, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    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 defense recovers.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    meta world peace? huh?? He looks amazingly like Ron Artest. WEIRD.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    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. Ouch!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    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...

  • Bloodshy DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    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 market.

  • fan32 St. George, Utah
    Dec. 28, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 28, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    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 afterwards.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Dec. 28, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    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!

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    The Jazz are as good as the Lakers and their record will soon show it....0-2

  • NotBuyingIt MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    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 truly valuable.

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Dec. 28, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    Terrible performance by the Jazz.
    terrible article by the reporter. Get your facts right.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Rumors Charlotte, NC
    Dec. 28, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    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.

    Dec. 28, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    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.

  • sandrus cedar Hills/ utah, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    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!!