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Utah Jazz: Fesenko close to deal with Ukrainian team

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 25, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    This guy presents quite the quandry.

    His size and athletic talent (in relation to his size) are mouth-watering.

    His work ethic and on-the-court performance make O'Connor throw up in his mouth.

    He still can't shoot a free throw to save his soul but you can't teach size. If the Jazz could sign him for cheap/around league minimum amount then he is a worthwhile deep bench role player for spot minutes.

    We have been waiting several years now and there has not been alot of improvement...some but not alot.

    Too bad----given the tools has you have to say it is more his own fault for not improving.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    See you Fez.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    July 25, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I'm shattered....wait, no I'm not.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    July 25, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I don't care how big he is he missed more games over stupid stuff than any player on the team. Sick, bump on the head, some girl at school hurt his feelings. Hardly tough enough to center a defense.

    The team last year was too soft especially on defense we need to add some toughness here.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 25, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    He hasn't signed yet, and I hope he doesn't sign with the Ukranian team. If you read this Fes, know that you still have supporters among Utah fans. I want to see you back, and I want to see you improve here as a Jazzman. As always, good luck, and as always, keep working on those free throws.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    July 25, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Dasvidanya (the best I could spell goodbye in Russian/Ukranian)

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    July 25, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Best of luck to the kid. Hopefully the moderators do not censor this post like they do all my other posts.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 25, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Considering he never had coach that would coach him...

    but then what center ever developed under sloan in 23 years? (remember eaton was before sloan, give credit to frank layden)

  • Fubecao Alexandria, VA
    July 25, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Is this a temporary thing while the lockout drags on (a la Deron Williams), or is he quitting the NBA for good to go home?

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    July 25, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    Who?

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    I'll miss Fes. I didn't realize he's only 24... I wouldn't mind if he stayed around for the league minimum. I saw great improvement in him last year. He just struggles to finish plays, once he can learn to do that he could contribute to an NBA team.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Good bye and good ridance. For those of you that think he could still be usefull I have some beach front property just outside Malad.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    July 26, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Whoever said that Fesenko was an NBA calibre player? He is ludicrous anyway you look at it. He isn't even a journeyman practice player. Goodbye and see you later my friend. The guy is a joke. Can't practice on his own and at least should a close in hook shot and shot 70% plus in free throws? The NBA is going to turn into a Euro-Western Hemosphere league if this keeps on going the way the draft happened this year. Until the league owners and players union get their act together, this league is going to get very ugly. These overpriced prima donas along with the $100 plus jersies, shoes and other paraphenalia is sickening. Ticket prices are beyond belief. And all the beer and other products supporting this phoney baloney. The season is far too long. We'll probably get a settlement and have 60 games left to play. That is more than long enough. All of these professional leagues are alienating the fans with their work stoppages and disagreements.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 26, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    I hope he comes back. A lot of big guys have struggled at the free throw line: Wilt, Russell, Shaq. I am not saying he is one of those guys but he can be productive, even while missing free throws. I can take him for what he is: 2nd or 3rd center. He is better than most in the league at that role.....and that is all he is being paid to be. He still has a lot of up-side.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    I wouldn't say he is better than most 2nd or 3rd centers (just to list a few Jazz centers... Collins, Carr, Foster, Manning...all hands down better than Fess) He really wasn't ever that good. He just has potential to be good.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    I'd like to see Fes stay with the Jazz. But since there is no NBA, I see no reason why Fes shouldn't move on. The NBA and the NBAPA are barely even acknowledging each other's existence. Free agents who are interested in playing basketball again this year really should be looking outside of the NBA.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    July 26, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Let's hope his coaches listen to so many seasoned and intelligent Jazz fans who will be the first to tell you that, if Jerry Sloan would have simply given Fes the keys to the caddy and built the team around him, he would have turned into the next Hakeem Olajuwan. (Note: This is being written with tongue firmly planted in left cheek and eyes rolling heavenward.)

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    July 26, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    Not much of a loss,he never worked hard and never lived up to expectations,kinda like a big version of cj miles,adios and hopefully take miles with you

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    July 26, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    The Fesenko experiment didn't pan out for the Jazz, that does not mean that other teams won't want to take a chance on him. The Jazz are loaded at the 4-5! Fes never improved as a Jazz-man, so why would we keep the guy to sit at the end of the bench? I am on the Enes Kanter band-wagon now! GO JAZZ!

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 26, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    I guess I should have said better than some of the 3rd string centers in the league.

  • COOL HAND LUKE Old Ephraims Grave, UT
    July 26, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    I think the kid should stay on. He really wasn't given a chance to play much. Even with the losing season, and where games really didn't mean anything at the end, they should have given the younger kids more playing time. I want to see some hard nosed play like Ol' Bill Lamber used to dish out Foul someone HARD already!! Bunch of puss-n-boot prima donnas..

  • ChuloDO Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    The weakness in the argument of the Fes haters is that even with his offensive ineptness and underwhelming off-court work ethic, the team did better with him on the court than off it, more often than not. And it's not like the likes of Jefferson (and previously Okur and Boozer) had any semblance of policing the paint like Fes did. Time after time, the paint shut down when Fes was on the court, and defensively his biggest problem was being too aggressive at times, whereas the alternatives were content with matador D.

    If Sloan and Corbin had used him more strategically for 10 minutes (when he was doing poorly) to 20 minutes (when he was tearing it up) per game, then he would've developed better. If Sloan and Corbin had used the entire team more strategically -- analyzing matchups, carefully orchestrating substitutions, and enforcing performance on the court -- Utah would have had a significantly better record. (Last year, the consolation was a #3 pick; in previous years, though, it meant being cheated out of a deeper run in the playoffs and likely a ring or two.)

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    July 26, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    I would like to see Fes get another chance here if Corbin would use and develop him. Jerry Sloan never would give him much of a chance even after he proved he could shut down the paint and guard the rim. I too became frustrated with the rash of petty injuries but I believe Sloans treatment of him had something to do with his lack of desire. The guy could be a valuable backup center on a team that is willing to use him and make him feel like he is part of the team.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 27, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    The problem is...if...and that's a big IF...there's an NBA Season this year...There would be so few minutes to spare at the 4-5...Kanter Jefferson Memo Favors and Millsap would get those minutes...but even if...Fes isnt that good...you just cant teach size and bulk...even if he is frustrating to watch...with the way the lineup is...someone's gotta give...and i Think Millsap is getting ready to be a SF

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    July 27, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    The Jazz are not stupid. Fess will not be back.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    July 31, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    This guy is big...physically he is an amazing force....mentally and emotionally, something is not connecting for this man.

    I still think he he could settle in somewhere and have a career. Maybe Denver or Houston....maybe Afgahnastan, or Madagascar???

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 31, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    He is the only person that I know of that can deal with Howard, Nene and the often injured fellow with the Lakers. Problem is Jazz have a glut up front and will probably bet the farm on Kantor which I believe to be a mistake.

    Some say that Pat Riley didn't take over the coaching duties again because he doesn't believe you can win it all without a dominating center. They are probably saying that Dallas proved him right.

    All you Fesenko doubters get a copy of the Majic game in Orlando.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 31, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    @TerryHaimes

    Everyone has an opinion...i know that...but believing that Kanter is a mistake...is probably wrong...have you seen him play with the team yet? Hold all your doubts until you've seen the guy play for 2 years...Its unfair if you judge rookies like that...yeah they may be new...but that doesnt mean they dont have the skills...you gave Fesenko four years...better give Kanter his 4 before doubting him...i noticed this on Jazz Fans...everyone is quick to shoot an unheard rookie down...examples...John Stockton...and the recent Gordon Hayward...who exploded down the stretch at the end of the season...I also saw this guy on Film...blaming management when they drafted stockton...Come on People...don't you know how to be positive for once?...am i the only one here...who thinks the Lineup is scary good? and yes...i am not a fan of Fesenko...since he reminds me of Greg Ostertag...but if you play him on certain matchups...his bulk and height are assets...but unless he gets his head straight...im not willing to give him 20 mins...

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    If the Jazz do not re-sign Fez, it will be a sign that they don't think they have a chance to do anything in the playoffs for many years. Going deep into the playoffs is a matter of matchups, and a team needs to pick up role players for the purpose of important matchups. Even though two of the really big NBA centers retired this year (Shaq and Yao Ming), there are still a couple of really big centers in the league that could give teams fits in the playoffs--Andrew Bynum with LA and Marc Gasol of Memphis.

    None of the other centers on the Jazz have the bulk and size to effectively guard either one of those guys. Although Fesenko clearly has his faults and has not developed as quickly as a lot of fans (and perhaps Jazz management) would like, he still gives the Jazz something that a lot of teams just don't have--a really big center who can effectively guard other really big centers.

    And, as some other comments have pointed out, he oftentimes is also very effective at shutting down the paint against teams who have players who can go to the hole.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Aug. 24, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    @ Draft dumbie
    Your not dumb at all. I agree if they don't sign Fes they are not serious about the matchups championship basketball requires in a seven game series againts the contenders in todays NBA. You have to defend the paint. Good insite thanks.