AK47 is only 28 years old but has declined for the last 3 years. I don't know if
it's him not fitting into the Jazz scheme, Jerry issues, worn down from
international play year in and year out, or just his athletic skeleton style
worn down. Whatever it is it still is. I think it would be a miracle if AK ever
found the form he had 5 years ago. It's buried somewhere in the Hill Cumorah.
It's sad because I think we all miss it. I loved the 5 by 5 machine. I am an AK
fan and used to love watching him play. Even as a Jazz fan, I would be excited
for AK if he left the Jazz and found his old form again. His best is so unique.
You know, I like the guy, and he would be a pleasure to coach. I never
understood why people got on him about being emotional in houston. I love to
see that a player cares and wants to do better. It's the indifference that we
see in some athletes that would worry me. He is dynamic and will be needed for
Utah to be a complete team. They're still a few players away from contending,
but he is one player that can be a difference maker. Way to go A.K.
Please play AK at power forward. Boozer cannot defend Gasol, Bynum or Odom.
Boozer cannot rotate. What's so bad about benching him?Playing AK
at 4 is the only quick way to improve defense. You cannot have many block shots
if you are at 3. AK can still block around the basket, but he cannot block
middle to long range jumpers. Who can? Let Brewer, CJ and Harp guard
Kobe. Maybe even D-Will while playing Price at PG. Jazz can score.
What they have to worry about is defense. Boozer's lack of D is more threat
than anything else against Lakers.Play AK at 4. Let him handle the
ball on offense more instead of Booz stopping the ball at high post. Boozer can
make some tough shots but AK can let everyone make easy shots. Without Boozer,
everyone contributes as they pass the ball a lot better. It's not coincidence
that Jazz play against Lakers better without Boozer.
GOOD LUCK AK--Despite a tough season, you still have the potential to be the
best defensive player! If AK just focuses on defense, he will have
an amazing series. I predict he's the MVP of the first round for keeping Kobe's
average below 20 pts/game...
I would like him to direct his seriousness about the game toward layup
Putting AK at the 4 spot is not the answer he can't gaurd, Pau, Bynum at all.
Odem I think would be his best match up but in the past Odem has owned him too.
I also don't like the idea of running the offense through him. In
the past it seemed to have worked better but as with his defense and 5x5's his
offense has gone downhill too. He commits more turnovers is missing more shots
and creating less assists. Not a good combo. Where has the old AK gone and
will he ever come back is the big question. I couldn't agree with
gdog more, great take on AK. When on his game, 5x5's, he is incredible and I
would love to see him get back to that form. I would hate to see it not with
the Jazz but if that's what it would take I would still be a fan of AK. But
first a fan of the Jazz.
AK just do what you do best and let the game flow.You are the player I respect
most because you have changed so much and set the example never complaining just
playing.Good luck and let's give the Lakers more than what everybody expects.
Great ArticleEverything you want from an article.Here is
what the Jazz need to do to beat the Lakers.1 - Play Williams 45
minutes a games. And the minutes he is on the bench have AK in.2 - Have
Memo and Korver shoot a combined 10 to 15 - 3 pointers a games. One of them
needs to be in the game at all times. You have to make the Lakers pay for
cramming it in the Middle. If Williams or AK drive in there, 3 Lakers rotate
over and cram it in. Drive and Kick3 - Run multiple plays thru AK. Pass
him the ball at the high post and have someone set a pick. How we never run
this play is beyond me - just watch Portland sometime. 4 - Guard the 3
pointer. When LA runs the pick and role, the Jazz guy guarding the Lakers guy
in the corner cannot rotate over. Even if they get a layup. 5 - Play Kobe
physically. Thug it up. 6 - Stop the Lakers one run. Call 5 timeouts if
you need to
I loved watching the Defensive minded AK of a few years back, howevever i cringe
today watching the more offensive minded ak. WE need him for hustle plays and
defense not 20 pts a night. We have scorers, what we need is for him to realize
his role and play DEFENSE. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. Play Matt and
Brewer more. Sorry.
I wouldn't mind seeing a few other Jazz players weep. Join the club-- the fans
weep all the time. I couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about. It showed
he had heart-- the very reason he has been a fan favorite for years. Most fans
I talk to think it is a strange phenomenon going on with the team right now:
where is the heart? They see it in a few players but some key ones they don't
I am an Jazz fan because of AK. I wish he would be traded to a team theat will
use him properly. And maybe feed him a little too!
Here is to good games to come. We love you AK. I think you should wear your
russian uni under your jazz uni for good luck.
You can't outsize the Lakers. So you've just got to put guys out there that can
frustrate them. Boozer can't do that. It's Layup drills with him out there.
You've got to try AK at the 4 with Memo guarding Bynum. I also think we've GOT
to play Fes just to put some size on Bynum and keep Okur out of foul trouble.
Too bad Fes got ZERO playing time during the season so he's not ready for this
playoff pressure. We've got to play him at some point though. Collins doesn't
get the job done.
The problem with AK is that he doesn't have heart! He has athletic ability and
has improved his shooting ability, but as soon as he touches the ball and puts
the ball on the floor it is 50-50 chance of a turnover. AK has no incentive to
get better with 15 million+ in guaranteed money each year. The NBA needs to get
away from these guaranteed contracts, learn from the NFL. AK was one of the
worst signings in the history of the jazz because he takes up such a huge chunk
of the payroll and just doesn't produce. I think I'd feel guilty taking the
organization's money and stinking it up every night. Just me.
AK will be fine.. last year against the Lakers he was the most effective Jazz
player... I wouldnt have him guard Kobe tho, rather he should play against Odom,
he owns Odom... and help on Kobe..
Yes, even though these players are pros and they have had most likely the best
coaching coming up to the point they are now they still apparently need some
motivation at the level they are at. They don't seem to care for the current
system. It coulb be the result of bad attitude or bad coaching. Unfortunately,
it looks they need a motivator. Sad to say,.. but I think things would change
for the better if some leadership changes were made.
AK makes no attempt this year to be a team player. Jazz should have let him
walk after the crying incident. They had the opportunity to get out of his
crazy contract but we kept him and now we are paying for it. He shoots every
time he touches it, he turns the ball over every time he puts it on the floor
and his defense is average at best. He is a Jazz killer, too bad he is on our
yea- like cj plays such awesome defense that we can afford to lose ak.
Goodness, if CJ played half as hard as AK he'd still be the starter and get
closing minutes. Unfortunately he's one of the guys referred to with no heart.
He is too thin and he gets the ball stripped too much going into the paint--i
guess his hands are not strong enough.That said he at least tries to
power it in and get to the FT line. He gets to the line better than mr fadeaway
Boozer. Boozer has the body and strength but is so soft all he does is fadeaway
or try layups that get blocked. Boozer is an embarrassment to the position of
PF.AK defends way better and the net results are better even if he
scores fewer than Boozer.
one of the worst, if not the worst, contract in the NBA.
Of course he showers fast, it's because he doesn't want anyone to see his
wasting away skeleton body.
had no idea he made that much money. milsap should sign for about25 mil then.you
could get 3 players better than ak for that much money. need a new gm