The Jazz already have more wins than the team down south!
Nichols looked good. The Jazz showed some mettle. They had 10 point lead
after 3 period. Phoenix outscored them by 11 to take 1 point lead 3 1/2 minutes
into 4th quarter. The Jazz responded with 9-2 run.Evans played well
in his brief stint. It is good Jefferson is coming around getting more
comfortable each game.Fesenko was praised tonight by longtime Icon
and terrific play by play man for Phoenix Al McCoy and his colorman. This was
for improved foul shooting, being in shape and the fact he knocked down a
jumper. McCoy stated he was a nice player.They notice it, maybe
more on here should also.Of course, he had some negatives. The bad
hands with 3 turnovers catching the ball, getting his shots altered and bothered
by Earl Clark.Let it be noted, Sloan stayed with him. Fes had 4
fouls with about 10:30 left when he came in and did not get the 5th until about
8 minutes later.He scored 7 of his 9 points and 4 of his 6 boards
all in the 4th quarter...More often than not, Phoenix did not attack
rim as much with long shots
Lets See: The Story is about Jeffers. However the pictures are of Kirilenko.
What do you do make it up as you go along?You will know the final
roster when the final roster is decided upon,all speculation is useless, and
like sports in general irelavent to anything of value or meaning.Wins in the preseason mean nothing as the preseason is a time for testing
differentthings with the team.When the season starts both the Suns
and the Jazz will start their long decent to the last playoff spot.Once there they will fight for their playoff lives. You only have
to finish 8th to make the playoffs.I remember the Jazz once had a
rather small Guard. Who is in the the Hall Of Fame Now, where ever that is. John
something or other. Out of some non descript private College in Eastern
Washington State.Then there was this 5'8" little rock with a 42"
virtical standing leap. Lighting quick, name Spud somthing or other. So much for the picture image of size.We will know what tthey want
us to know when they want us to know it.Being last cut is a Bummer.
I love Jeffers. I love watching him play, I like that he tucks his shirt in and
pulls his warms ups clear up to his belly button. I want him on the Jazz. The problem is he's short and not a very good jump shooter (scrappier
than Ronnie Brewer, but not quite as big.) But he always seems to do something
right when he's out there.
@awsomeron1: Thank you for all you kind thoughts. Your glass ins't even half
I went to the game last night. The remaining usual suspects from last year
(DWill, AK) had a remarkably quiet night. AK did hustle his butt off though,
and his new look is a bit more menacing. DWill didn't seem terribly interested
in playing and had ice on his knees and leg before the end of the third. Paddlehands must have spent every spare minute of his off season working
on his free throws 'cause they look great now. No more clanging them off the
side of the rim. He had an okay night and looks much improved in general over
last year. I wish he were a bit more assertive. His turnovers came mostly on
passes under the basket where he really ought to have put up a shot. In
fairness though, he did have some good passes and he was very responsive. No
more staring at the ball wondering why it's in his hands like he did last
year.Hayward seemed to play pretty smart, but missed a lot of open
jumpers. Nichols looked pretty solid, as did Evans. As the article stated,
Jeffers was the real star of the evening.
Way to go Jazz! 3-0 preseason and some definite strength developing. It will be
great to see you guys on TV this Thursday!
Preseason is the time to evaluate players game and worth. I have been hopeful
that Thompson would make this team, but Nichols and Jeffers are both ahead of
him right now. Evans should make the team. Sundiatta Gaines had a "DNP"? Could
that be a tell by coach? This is going to be one of the most talented Jazz teams
that we have seen play in many years, either way the Coaches have some very hard
choices to make, when they decide they have to cut one or two of these very
talented players.GO JAZZ!
It might be because of his hair but AK looks more stout this year than he has in
the past. If it's true that could be useful.
Sloan generally let the players, by their play, make the team or get cut.
However, with the talent the Jazz has assembled it will be a very difficult
choice this year...no clear cut outs. Maybe the Jazz will keep more than we
expected but with some playing for the Flash more than the Jazz. Of course the
Jazz coaches and mgt. can see the things that make a difference but it will
still be tough. Go Jazz.
LKA: Thank you it is a work in progress much like the Utah Jazz, Slowly
sometimes ever so slowly the water continues to drip in, just a little faster
then natural evaporation.I think the D League has its uses and one
is to keep prime subs stocked. Injury or massive discontent can happen at almost
anytime. Remember every year there is a new crop of 22 year olds and
declares that did not make it and can't get to Europe, China Russia or other
places that use U.S. players.The idea of the last cuts is to be
picked up somewhere else. Remember No one on the Jazz Team is from
Utah.Pro Basketball as entertainment is fine, it provides jobs,at
several different levels and now that they have gone to the long shorts is more
family oriented.Overpriced Snacks aside. In the old days
they Drafted 7 Rounds. At somepoint the last Cut has to take place.
Thats somewhat Sad.I never got over Phoenix, Drafting Bay Forrest in
the 1st Round with a 3 year No Cut Contract. My Sports Wakeup CallBay Forrest who I just looked up is still an outstanding person.
CJ is the man. He scored in bunches in the 3rd quarter last night. No need to
worry about him this year. He had 5 rebounds last night. All is well is
CJland.....Fes is Fes......He will always be all over the place.
@awsomeron1 : I do like your sense of humor. In today's world that is something
to hang on to.
Re Todd: Good to read your positive comments, hope your doing well.The
thing I like about Jeffers is his hustle, toughness, guts, ability to take the
ball to the hole, he reminds me a little of a Mathews in that regard but he
reminds me of Brewer in an other regard, in that he can't shoot from outside. He
would make a good story and for a 13th or 14th man on the roster he might be a
good man to keep. He would always come in a play tough D and give energy.I
like Thompson's skill set but he has struggled to learn the system and struggled
on the offensive side. Hopefully he will get a few more chances. Nichols shot
the ball well but from what I hear he can't put the ball on the floor and do
anything(kinds like a Korver).Gaines has played well but I don't see the
Jazz dumping a guaranteed contract to keep him. A trade with Price involved
might be his only hope, IMO.I really like our young rookies Evans and