Jazz coach Jerry Sloan says his trust in the rookie is increasing
I love Memo! I hope he stays with the Jazz til he's 40![secret not
to Kevin O'Connor] Don't ever give him $10,000,000/year again! But keep him
here in Utah, we like him!
Just like clockwork, AK's back is strained/having spasms.Don't be
surprised when you are scratching your head tonight wondering why things are not
going quite as well as they should in Clipper-land.AK almost always
passess well and helps his team mates get easy baskets not to mention
intimidates shots around the basket.Despite their record the
Clippers are alot better than they usually are.
I hope Hayward has a good night, I like his game and with time he will be
fine.Coming in as the 6th man fits CJ's personality, he can come in firing
and try to be that instant offense a 6th man needs to be but he needs to not
want to jack up the 3 so much, he needs to attack the rim and get to the foul
line and take 3's only when wide open. Attacking, gets CJ more active in all
aspects of the game and his productivity is much better.Someone needs to
open Sloans eyes to the fact that when Fes is in the game we outscore our
opponents, not because of Fes's O but because of how he affects the game on the
defensive end. It helps energize the team when you get consistent stops and
leads to fast breaks etc.Trying to get Okur back into the lineup is
messing up the chemistry alittle and his D is terrible. It is amazing to
me that Sloan preaches D and is known for his tough D mentality but plays
players because of their O.
The Jazz are developing GH. It may cost them some games during the regular
season. For them to compete against SA,DAL and LA they have to have
wings who can shoot consistently. CJ is inconsistent and AK is
injury prone. They need to know if GH is going to develop or they
should make a move for a real SG before the trade deadline. The Jazz
management have stubbornly followed flawed approaches in the past. Look at how
many years they nurtured CJ and also insisted Price was a PG. Boozer/Okur's non
defense is another example. Recently they have gotten much better
about fixing problems. If the Jazz get a real SG they can compete.
If they don't they have squandered another decent team that could have a shot at
a championship.GH will probably develop. But it may not be fast
enough. I do not blame Sloan for trying to develop GH rapidly. He
did a great job with Mathews. If GH can over come 2 less years of experience and
be as good as Mathews in the playoffs the Jazz have a shot. If not
they need to get a SG.
The only way to truely judge Hayward is by seeing him play in crunch time, so i
understand why coach is playing him, maybe show casing a trade, similar to last
year when he gave Maynor a chance to play. As for AK, I think his time in Utah
is expiring just like the trade exceptions and his bloated 17.8 million dollar
contract. The Jazz have assets to make a trade to get better, I hope they can
pull something off. I dont think this team will make a real run in the playoffs
the way we are now, and I hate saying that. I believe in KOC and the Jazz
management, they see the same things fans do. I think we need a higher caliber 2
guard to help D-Will in the back court. We need a guy that can help defense,
create his own shot and run the floor. A lot of teams are dangling star players
as trade bait because of cap reasons. Do your thing KOC, make us proud. By the
way KOC, if you are reading this, I think Iggy from the 76ers would put this
team over the top. GO JAZZ!
When CJ plays over 20 minutes, Jazz win. When Hayward plays at all, Jazz
lose...............Wasting minutes on Hayward and Memo are just
that, a big waste. Look at the record since those two started playing.
I agree with jazz-nation that a good way to judge Hayward is seeing him in
crunch time, something people haven't thought about is he is 7-7 from the line
in the fourth quarter the past two games. It's little things like that which
Jerry notices. Jerry has talked about how the jazz have seemed sluggish and lazy
lately, but during the same time he has praised Gordon for working hard off the
bench and always hustling. I don't think at this time he should start or even
play most of the game, but 12-15 minutes is perfect for him to bring energy off
the bench and improve at this point in his career.
Come on KOC and Jazz officials, you people are probably up to something or you
wouldn't be advising Jerry to play players that really shouldn't be playing at
this stage of the season and play player's that should and would help this
ballclub. Hopefully a trade announcement will be made sooner than later. CJ
Miles, sorry buddy your not capable of delivering what we need consistantly;
occasionally yes, however not enough. As for MEMO, give him a bit more time to
adjust, because he can really help us if he is at full strength!
CJ is a great example of why the Jazz are struggling lately. He has been
lethargic and jacking up 3-pt shots. Play like that got him benched in the 4th
quarter of the last 2 games. In the long run it could be a good
thing for Utah. If the extra time for Gordon Hayward results in his improvement
and further development ... I'd love to see a trade happen with the
right pieces. AK's huge expiring contract is valuable whether or not they trade
him. Let the contract come off the books and resign him for 1/3 of what he is
currently making. The extra cap space could be used elsewhere on our team.Hayward has a lot of potential but he is not going to be ready to start
full time in the NBA for a few more years in my opinion. I see him eventually
turning into a player like Manu Ginobli or Grant Hill which would be great. The
kids very young, but he handles the ball well, passes well, hustles, and
eventually will be a great shooter.
CJ played 21 minutes against Portland and we still lost. As soon as CJ touches
the ball he's looking to shoot. He doesn't run the offense well and is soft on
defense. We should have let OKC sign him. We got rid of Brewer, Korver, Almond,
and Mathews to give CJ more responsibility on the team. CJ has the
confidence of Kobe but his play is more like a d-leaguer. As a shooter he's well
below average (.411 FG%, .321 3p%). Obviously he has days where he hits a lot of
shots, but almost any NBA SG can do that if given the shots.Hayward
could be a good player on the team, but there are things that worry me about
him. When the players were warming up at halftime against Portland he went and
stood in the corner, never shooting, never talking to anyone, not even trying to
touch a ball. His missed 3 pointer in the 4th was from the exact same spot.
Maybe if he takes a few practice shots at halftime he hits it in the game.
trade CJ...he's too inconsistent...if the jazz want to make a move...trade
CJ...grab Brandon Rush or Trevor Ariza or Reggie Williams...there's a lot more
G/F out there who could shoot better on a regular basis than CJ...i'd like to
see more time for Elson and Fes as backups...keep hayward...the dude can
play...he isnt flashy...he still is a bit hesitant on taking shots...but the guy
had an efficient night against the clips 17 pts...3 threes...6 boards...not
bad...in time...he would be a 15-18pts 5-7 rebs 3-5 ast per game kind of guy...
I LOVE Gordon Hayward.