I am as big of a Jazz fan as any, but let's all be honest people, it will be
another season of the same. Good home record, horrible road record, first round
exit. Believing anything else is just dumb.
it was the addition of outside shooting that caused the Jazz to win on the road.
Horny played a little d but the outside shooting changed the inside game. Home teams just pack the paint. Since they are home they get the calls.
The Jazz have to be able to open up the inside to win. They also have to play
better D. Sloan has consistently lost on the road. Part of it is a lack of D but
much of it is his inside philosophy at any cost and bias against outside
shooting. A small adjustment in outside shooting to open up the
inside could shift the road record a lot. It would produce fewer offensive fouls
which would allow the players to be more aggressive on defense. I did not say
Sloan should abandon the inside game. I wonder who is playing D
against Okur in practice? Koufos or Fez? Maynor and Wes should get better in a
hurry just from practice. I expect the Jazz to struggle without
Korver and (to some extent) CJ. LA and SA would not be nearly as good without
their outside shooters. Why can't Sloan learn from Pop and Zen.
a choice. He is going to have to play Koufos. It is just a matter of time before
Okur can't play a game or more. He always misses a few. Fez fouls so
much so fast that he can't stay on the floor for more than a quarter. That means
Koufos will have to play and maybe a lot of minutes. It is no wonder
Sloan is on K2's case. Koufos will have to start and play starter minutes some
games. Boozer is to short to play C in many match ups and even if he does Koufos
will still have to play back PF. If Koufos can just focus on his
positioning and really understand the plays he could see significant playing
time this year. If he does not the Jazz will struggle as the year progresses and
the small injuries mount. If Koufos takes a leaf from Collins he
will prosper. He just has to focus on making the plays run smooth, rebound and
shoot when appropriate and he will do fine.
It's always hard to win on the road in the NBA because the referees give the
benefit of the doubt to the home team time and again. So a player who lacks
confidence quickly abandons the game plan and stops trying to work the ball
inside where fouls by the opposition are not being called, and he also stops
bodying up his man because the officials are blowing the whistle anytime contact
takes place. The solution? Play even more aggressively on defense. The refs
might call a foul or two at first, but if the whole team continues to play
tough, they'll start to allow physical play. Ditto on working the ball inside.
The refs respect somebody who tries hard for a close-range shot, and typically
they'll start to call a few fouls on the home team. You CANNOT let the refs
take you out of your game.
Just play better?
Maybe the Jazz should buy 2 or 3 hundred seats in each stadium right behind the
bench. Other than that, looks like another dissmal road winning season. As the
old saying goes, "There's no place like home." At least for the Jazz.
Jazz can be one of the best teams in the league.. They just need to figure out
how to win on the road or not slip up against bad teams.
"Wishing" to play better defense isn't going to result in better defense. There
have been no personnel, coaching, or tactical changes...it will be more of the
same. And if you think one more year of experience will have done the
trick...the rest of the league also has one more year of experience, so that's a
null argument.If the Jazz do start playing better D, then I guess
the opposing teams can just say in their heads that they will play better
That is the only way you win on the road and in the back to back games.These young pups still mistakenly believe they can beat everyone with offense.
It will take a few years of getting whupped in the playoffs for them to realize
no matter how hard they try on offense it won't make up for lack of defense.Young players always do this. They are very immature and know-it-all in
their thinking. They don't listen to their coaches they just keep doing it
their own way UNTIL...they get later in their careers and they realize they have
no NBA accomplishments.Then suddenly it becomes "important" to get
on a winning team and have a chance to try to win a championship.How
many times have we heard the phrase...AND watched it happen.Garnett,
Ray Allen won absolutely NOTHING with their original teams. They took the money
and piled up the stats.Then later in their careers suddenly they are
no longer happy on their teams and start complaining to get traded. Then
suddenly it is important to win.This cycle will be no different with
our group of youngsters.
Please please trade that Loozer for someone that canplay some defence. or
try to make a block buster tradefor someone that that can carrie us in to
the playoffs. We all now that Boozer does not care aboutwining,only his
money.I think he will be a distration for the team.Just maybe Boozer plus Kover
for a truepower foward.thanks Jazz fan
the Jazz need another Jeff Hornacek type of guy to win road games, the problem
is there's not much addition made in the Jazz roster this coming season, the
Jazz need additions like what Denver did when they acquire Billups.. having the
same personnel from last season is I think not going to do the trick eventhough
each of them emphasizes "defense" in their game.. new addition with reputation
like "Billups" type should be made to change this Jazz as a whole.. still I'm
still optimistic about our chances
Why do you think other teams will trade us their treasure for our trash?It just never ceases to amaze me the stupidity of fans.Gee,
why doesn't O Conner just trade Ronnie Price for Lebron or something....I mean
is that the "blockbuster" trade you want or what?Rule #1In a small market like the Jazz the only assets you have are your players. If
you do not get equal or greater value in return then the value is GONE!!!If we can't get GOOD value for Boozer then we are better off keeping his
offensive talents and getting the VALUE of his EXPIRING CONTRACT at seasons end.
Trading him for trash will leave us with trash and no expiring
contract with which to purchase new talent.Please!! Go in search of
brain cells...I beg of you!!!!