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  • JazzMan Centerville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Man I've been waiting for this game for a long time. Unfortunetly I felt a lot better about the Jazz's chances 2 months ago. I hope they bring their "A" game this time, at least their A game effort.

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    Feb. 8, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Everybody wants to talk about Boozer not playing because of injuries when he was here at Utah. However, it seems like no talks about the two year extension Okur got from the Jazz at around 10 million per. If Okur were Boozer, Jazz fans would be killing him right now. Yet somehow Okur and Jazz brass seem to get a pass on that one.

    I for one am looking forward to round one of Milsap vs Boozer. D-will vs D-Rose. What Jazz fans have to ask themselves is....if Booz,Brewer and Korver were so terrible at defense then why is Chicago playing some good D with the same guys? is it system? coaching? we shall see on Wed. Go Jazz!

  • PalmG Glen Allen, VA
    Feb. 8, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    we gotta win this game, for obvious reasons. Let's hope millsap destroys Boozer tomorrow

  • Mount Olympus Holladay, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    This is not the most important game of the season. Remember last year against the Suns, honoring Larry Miller night and the last game of the regular season, a Jazz win and they are the 3 seed. A loss and they are the 5 seed.

    Had the Jazz won that game against the Suns, the Jazz would have been the 3 seed, and since the 2 seed lost in the first round, the Jazz would have had home-court in the first 2 rounds, instead of not having homecourt at all and facing the Lakers in the second round.

    If this was the most important game of the year, no doubt Boozer would be sitting it out.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Ronnie B,KK and Boozer will be lookin to make a point,and maybe leave a mark,we`d better start quick and not let off,it could be ugly

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Here's the difference btwn the Jazz & Bulls: NOBODY in Chicago expects Boozer to be any sort of "pillar". Rose & Noah are that. Boozer was signed (overpaid/overlong) for the same reasons Amare was--filled a need and also to hopefully show LeBron and/or Wade they were "serious". He's also not expected to play huge minutes at the 5 there, either.

    The other big difference? Thibodeaux DEMANDS players play defense, and benches them and publicly calls them out when they don't. Sloan & KOC coddled and smooched Boozer at every opportunity; never held him publicly accountable.

    The Bulls also have more dynamic offensive talent than the Jazz, and once Noah returns, that will be even less defensive pressure on Boozer, but that's another story.

    Who would want Boozer at 5/76? Not me, but I sure don't blame him for taking it. Prolly double what the Jazz offered, and more than double what ESPN said he was worth.

    Okur went out on his shield and pushed to come back early. His extension at the time was probably in line with market value. He told his agent not haggle. Heart Memo, tho he's done.

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    The other big reason is Boozer isn't matched up in the front court with Okur on defense! Is Milsap and Jefferson any better than the previous mentioned combo or are the Jazz just making the same mistake again? Meaning it's different, but the Jazz keep pairing 4's together again...band-aid. Better yet let's pair 3 4's together AK,Milsp,Al.

    If Raja can play the rest of season like he is now, the two guard situation just got better.......Center position? release the Kraken (Fess)!!

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    Hey, Boozer actually did do a lot for this franchise. The more high profile athletes we can get to come and play in Utah the more potential we have to do the same in the future. I just hope the Boos aren't over the top. Boozer was a fun player to watch, and gave everyone at least something to talk about.

  • SnipeHookyoFace Farmington, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Ha! Love the comment "Mount Olympus" - it's so true! I remember Williams slapping Boozer's hand away during a timeout cause he knew/knows that Booz is a cream puff! At Dr. Truth - Okur doesn't have the potential that Booz did and Okur has tried to come back and hasn't publicly stated he is "getting a raise no matter what." Come on man-think before you type. The Jazz match up well against this team, Big Al always destroyed Booz...

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    Always felt Boozer was overpaid and overvalued as a Jazz player. He never delivered during the playoffs and wasn't even a shadow of Malone. Boozer is an average forward at best and will probably fade more as the Bulls understand what they really got - an injury waiting to happen and a player that u can't depend on for the long haul. I am betting Boozer lasts maybe 2 more years with the Bulls before they dump him.

  • MN_JazzFan Coon Rapids, MN
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Again, the big one that got away was not Booz, Brewer or even Korver but Matthews. If it wasn't for Andrei's current price tag they would have been able to resign and keep Matthews as D-Will's running partner for years. As it is, I wonder what kind of reception Williams will get in a couple of years after he leaves the Jazz for the Dallas....

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    @Snipe....Thanks, you just put yourself in the category of Jazz fan that I was talking about. Okur missing games because of injury is hurting the Jazz just as much as when Booz was out due to injury.

    One could argue that Booz was at least smart enough not to end his career trying to please fans/an organization who may not know the extent of his injury but still expect him to play anyway. Now the Jazz are on the hook for 20 million and will Okur ever be the same? I'm not a Booz lover, it just kind of ironic......I'd also say market value is what you can get. Booz got what he was worth. So did Matthews. AK stop telling everyone you'll pay less to stay with the Jazz! Your agent is probably on the phone with you right now. I guess this is what happens when you don't need money because of your last fat contract.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    This is a bit off-topic, but does anyone know why Pace Mannion has not been involved with Jazz broadcasts this year (instead, we have Britton (sp?) Johnsen and Shawn (sp?) Bradley).

    As far as Boozer goes, he was a great offensive post-player (especially going to the basket on pick-and-rolls) and a great defensive rebounder, but had trouble against really long players, and didn't put put in enough effort on defense to be as good as he could have been (although we saw glimpses of greatness on defense).

    Al Jefferson has different strengths and weaknesses than Boozer. He is not as good (yet) at driving quick to the basket, and is not quite as good a rebounder as Boozer. He is a better defender and does not have problems with really long players like Boozer did. The things that make Al Jefferson a better match for the Jazz at this point in time is that he is younger, cheaper and healthier than Boozer. Also, he is still in his "honeymoon" stage with the Jazz, and therefore, has a better attitude about learning and doing new things than Boozer had near the end of his time here.

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    It will definitely be interesting to see Milsap and Boozer go head to head though.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I can't believe you guys still think this way about Boozer.

    Have you seen how well the Jazz guard the pick and roll with out him? And you thought it was bad with him!

    Have you seen Al Jefferson's pump fake? Have you heard David Locke say the word "wheezy"? Have you seen Al Jefferson do his ugly little hook shot when he's 2 feet away from the basket and could easily dunk it? Have you seen Millsap go for 10 consecutive double doubles?

    I used to be hopeful that the Jazz would make a real PF/man out of Jefferson. But I don't think he's aggressive enough. He's rather settle for a wheezy than posterize someone.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Fans say Boozer never played when he was hurt. Sloan and Williams say that is unfair and Boozer did what he should have done. Sorry fans but I trust the coach and one of the best PG's in the league over what is said in these blogs.

    Boozer was underpaid whle he was here, just ask AK who delivered 5.7 points per game while Boozer delivered 20/10 everynight, yet AK got 50% more money than Boozer?

    Boozer delivered 20/10 everynight yet some would have you believe he was average. His numbers were better than LeBron James or Chris Bosh and Amare and ESPN said that NY would have been a better team with Boozer than Amare.

    I wish the Jazz could get more average players or better yet fans with an above average IQ.

  • JK Regina, Saskatchewan
    Feb. 9, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    more people on these posts should listen to Doug10...you're right on target Doug...

    but lets now make this really simple and really clear....if ever there was a time to defend pride..team...and home court it is tonight...everyone on the Jazz team needs to step up tonight...a loss is not an option resulting in having it stuffed in our faces by former players who are LOVING LIFE with their new team....

    hopefully tomorrow all fans can comment and say "why can't the Jazz play like this always"

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 9, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    sad to say guys...but...i think chicago will get this one...we were never in synch from the get go...and the bulls is without noah...

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 9, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Korver and Brewer are earning around $5 million per year and playing key roles off the bench for the 34-16 Bulls.

    Korver has played in all 50 games with no starts and averages 8.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. Brewer has started once in 50 games and averages 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field.

    And you all think CJ is overpaid!! His scoring average is as good as both combined and they are making 10 million a year between the two of them.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Feb. 9, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Boozer`s a 20/10 guy.Who cares.Love is a 22/15 guy,Z-Bo a 22/12 guy,so what,how many rings do any of em have? Boozer will score and rebound no doubt,did he win for us? Can he do what Paul did against Miami.No way.He`s the Dan Marino of basketball,numbers yes,heart,no.I`ll take Millsap`s 17/8 anytime.Chicago will find out what most of us real Jazz fans already know,Boozer is not a winner

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Feb. 9, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    cj is averaging 15/7? I didn`t know that...

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    @Great Houdini,

    I seem to remember a 40 point performance against the Rockets. I also remember Boozer calling for the ball in the low post in the final minutes of Game 3 and dunking on Gasol's head. Of course we didn't get past the Lakers, but that wasn't Booze's fault.

    Brewer and Korver never showed up for the playoffs.

    How come no one ever talks about how bad Korver was in the playoffs? He had one good game against the Nuggets in 3 years with the Jazz.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 9, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Korver and Brewer never made the Jazz a better playoff team. At least CJ shows up in the playoffs.

    There is no question when Boozer is healthy, he is a better player on the court than Jefferson day in and day out. Off the court and in the locker room, maybe a different story. However, long term I think the Jazz are better off without Boozer after AK is off the books and we can get a better bench.

    Outside of CJ and Watson, we have no bench scoring.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    Feb. 9, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    The real battle will be Jefferson against Boozer. I hope Fesenko gets playing time. Watson is the one solid addition for the Jazz, so is Evans. I like
    when Watson is on the floor with Williams. In the old days Malone, would as we use to say 'cold cock', those lane drivers like Rose and Parker. Millsap needs to get tough....I would think that Millsap is a better small forward, then power forward. I wish
    we could trade Okur.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    LOL Doug with Boozer having better numbers than LeBron in anything other than FG%.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    To me the facts about Boozer aren't about his numbers or whether he is better or worse than Big Al but the problem with Boozer was that he couldn't complete against the long athletic players like Gasol, Odom, Bynum, Garnett, etc , they were too long and athletic for Boozer and he couldn't produce against them. Boozer is a good player and I hope he gets a warm reception (I doubt he will), he played well for the Jazz, other than not being long enough or tall enough his injuries were a problem.
    Time will tell whether Big Al pans out to be an upgrade over Boozer, right now it's almost a wash.
    I'm hoping Fes gets significant playing time tonight.
    CJ needs a good night if the Jazz have a chance.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    @CaptainL

    I can agree with that. There's no way that Memo and Booze were gonna get past Gasol and Bynum. With Big Al, we have a shot. I don't think we have a shot this year, but if he progresses and the Jazz make a real PF out of him, we could be in business next year.

    You can't coach height or length. I'm hoping they'll coach a little more fierceness and courage into BigAl

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    JFFR: Amen.