Utah Jazz: Latest acquisition Booker aims to bring toughness to young team

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 26, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    The reason the Jazz couldn't keep Jefferson and Milsap was money, they couldn't pay them what they thought they were worth and keep the young core of players they think are the future of the Jazz. It isn't that they didn't like them or think they were good, they weren't good enough to take them to the next level though and both players wanted and probably deserved the pay the got from Atlanta and Charlotte. The Jazz are on the right track but it will take time and some developing and some trades etc , it won't come by free agency but if the Jazz can gather enough assets, they will be able to trade those assests to get who they want.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    July 24, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Sorry, I meant a one trick pony.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    July 24, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    Since a good defense is imperative to win titles, not re-signing Jefferson was necessary. He was great offensively down low. But that is all he did. That made the Jazz a one horse pony team. He could not play defense. He had to go. The Jazz' new coach and his defense and pass first mentality, and the players coming on board with his philosophy, is just exactly what the Jazz need. Think Detroit Pistons in their championship year. Defense was the difference that year. I am excited to see what the Jazz players do and where it takes the team this year. Very excited. Go Jazz.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 23, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    I must comment on the supposed merit of CJ Miles's commentary. CJ, you are a very negative person. You detract from the quality of posts here, not because you care enough to comment which speaks for itself, but your poor evaluation of talent. Millsap and Jefferson both had heart and played hard, but Jefferson was a matador on defense like Boozer before him and Millsap was too short and not as athletic as some to be an upper-echelon PF. You say you might like Trevor Booker but fail to mention that one of the reasons is because he is more athletic than Millsap. Also, the Jazz are improving and aren't strapped by Hayward's contract. They are in good shapefinancially compared to most teams. So far, you have been wrong about CJ Miles, Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward. And you just gave a little slam to Trey Burke in another post. Who's next? A true fan you are not.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    July 23, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    It's good to have CJ on this thread, someone who knows more and brings more basketball knowledge to the table than all the rest of us put together.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 23, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    Jefferson and Millsap didn't have a PG or a 2 guard that could play basketball. Had the Jazz kept them both, this year the Jazz would have made the playoffs and continued to ascend in the Western conference. And yes, they could have afforded to keep them both. Lindsey was the one who let them go. You can call it critical, I call it being honest about where the Jazz stand right now. Worse off than they were two years ago. Now they are strapped with a horrible contract for Hayward (Lindsey's doing) The Jazz are a mess right now but you can keep hoping that will change.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    @ CJ Miles...

    I agree with Brio. You've developed a reputation as being very critical of everything the Jazz try to do. The sad thing in this instance is that Lindsey has been here only a short time and Snyder only a few weeks... and you've already written things off once again.

    Let's give them a chance and the benefit of any doubt until they have enough time to actually prove whether their vision and plan will work or not.

    The last season when Jefferson and Millsap were here was not impressive. We couldn't even make the playoffs with both of them as well as several other higher paid veterans. As such, I'm glad Jazz management chose to clean the plate and pick a new menu. Now let's wait until the food gets prepared before criticizing the chef too heavily.

    It's impossible to go from a lower-tiered non-playoff team to being a competitive contender almost overnight. It will probably take a few years and a bit of patience. It's obvious some Jazz fans became too spoiled during the Stockton-Malone-Sloan years. A new foundation is being built. It will happen.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 23, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Jefferson, Millsap, Favors and some growing up of the young ones could have made the Jazz a contender in the West. So yes, I do think they could have gotten the Jazz to the finals. Hood and Exum are going to be good. And you all think that Hayward is the answer. So a starting lineup of Jefferson, Favors, Hayward, Hood and Exum had a ton of potential. With Milsap, Burke, Burkes, Carroll and Kanter off the bench. I would bet on that team.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    July 23, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    CJ Miles.

    So do you really think Jefferson and Millsap would've gotten the Jazz to the finals or something?

    I don't know about you, but I'm not content with being the 8th seed.

    Sloan and LHM just brought playoff mediocrity to the Jazz for all except 2 years.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 23, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    I think I like the guy too. Keep expectations realistic. He is a Milsap Light not a Karl Malone.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 23, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    @Brio: When Jazz management can't put a playoff team on the floor, I am going to be critical. They did not need to get rid of Jefferson, Carroll or Milsap. Jerry and Larry didn't rebuild. They re-stocked. They kept a winning team on the floor for almost 2 decades. Now the new management team can't even figure out which direction they are going. There two best players in the future, are both point guards. They give Hayward a max contract and he is middle of the road. Favors is not a go-to guy in the post. They don't have the players that can win championships down the line. You have to have vets on the team to win. Oklahoma is learning that lesson. You win with experience. Millsap and Jefferson were experience.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    July 23, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    I live in the DC suburbs and, although I am still a die hard Jazz fan, I also root for the Wizards and I have watched them grow from a perennial cellar dweller to a playoff team with players like Booker. Be good to him, Jazz fans, and he'll be good to you.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 22, 2014 11:18 p.m.

    Interesting that CJ Miles finally likes a player and a move that Lindsey made a deal for. Up until now, its been nearly constant criticism.

    Unless there was a misprint in the article, Booker's points per minute played has been very impressive in his career so far. And how does a fan not like a player who actually wants to earn his court time, instead of having it just given to him. He and coach Snyder should be a great match.

    I'm getting more and more excited about this coming season. The Jazz are going to surprise some people.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 22, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    I might actually like this guy.