Archive for August 2008

7 Reasons To Trade AK   3 comments

After my 7 reasons to keep AK, this list just makes sense as being the next one. There have been many people calling for the team to dump him, for various reasons that stretch from the fact he is overpaid to the fact that the team needs cash next year (not really related, even though one causes the problems with the 2nd). So… on to the 7 reasons to trade AK.
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Posted August 24, 2008 by Sujal in Andrei Kirilenko, Off-season bantering

Good-Bye, Gordan   Leave a comment

Yes, officially… Gordan Giricek left the Jazz in December. (Unofficially… you could argue he left the Jazz about 3 weeks… give or take… after first joining.) But now this “good-bye” is a bit more “good-bye-ish”… Gordan is heading to Turkey.

Quotes for those of you that like them…
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Posted August 19, 2008 by Sujal in Gordan Giricek, Transaction

7 Reasons To Keep AK   6 comments

Earlier, I mentioned the 7 reasons thing going on over at SLC Dunk. Sadly, that has come to an end… or it had. I’ve decided to pick it back up. I have at least 4 lists in mind, this is the first of them (for those of you that want AK to go… don’t worry, that’s my next list). So, with all that mentioned… 7 reasons the Jazz should keep AK around.
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Posted August 15, 2008 by Sujal in Andrei Kirilenko, Off-season bantering

Should They Trade AK?   Leave a comment

I might be in the minority, but I say no.

Posted August 13, 2008 by Sujal in Andrei Kirilenko, Off-season bantering

Ex-Jazzster On Move   Leave a comment

Well, after being in the rumors for months, ex-Jazzster Maurice Williams is now on the move, heading to Cleveland in a 3-team deal.

The deal has Mo going to Cleveland. Milwaukee gets Luke Ridnour, Adrian Griffin & Damon Jones. Oklahoma City will get Joe Smith & Desmond Mason (an ex-Sonic if I remember correctly).
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Posted August 13, 2008 by Sujal in Maurice Williams, trade

Can The Jazz Make The Jump?   Leave a comment

The Jazz are once again expected to compete for the Western Conference title. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Two years ago, they used some lucky bounces to make it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Spurs. Last year, the bounces didn’t go their way, and they were knocked out in the Western Conference Semifinals. With the core of the team back (in fact… there are only 2 new faces from the squad last year… and only one old face is gone), the team is banking on the players taking another step to lead them to the NBA Finals. The question is… is it enough? Today, we look at what HoopsWorld thinks.
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Posted August 12, 2008 by Sujal in Off-season bantering, Rumors

Letting Boozer Walk?   1 comment

The fear around here seems to be that Booze will jump ship after the season, leaving and netting the Jazz nothing in return. And to lose a key player in such fashion could hurt the team. But maybe, just maybe, it would be best if the Jazz just let Booze walk after the season. (Please, hear me out… I’m kind of confident that I’m not totally insane.)
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Posted August 11, 2008 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer, Off-season bantering

The Jazz Missed Out   Leave a comment

We all know the Jazz need major help with interior defense. This weakness was fully exploited last year (especially in the playoffs), and the Jazz did very little to improve it this off-season. In fact, when you realize that Kosta Koufos really isn’t ready for the NBA yet, the Jazz did nothing. And they had a shot too. No, I’m not talking about Josh Smith, who recently signed an offer sheet with the Grizzlies. It would cost too much to sign him (money the Jazz don’t have), and the Jazz don’t even have a roster spot for him (it would’ve taken a convoluted sign-and-trade). Nope… I’m talking about…

Kwame Brown! Now, I don’t know much about Kwame’s defense, but who better to ask than Kwame himself, right?

“I think I’m one of the most under-rated defenders in the league.”

Well, that clears that up. By passing on him, the Jazz just made a huge mistake, as he could really have helped the team defensively. To see visual evidence of his “under-rated” defense, look at the picture above.

Posted August 8, 2008 by Sujal in Kosta Koufos, Off-season bantering

Week of 7’s   1 comment

Over at SLC Dunk, member clarkpojo (and also MTN and DaniellelovesKK) has been forming a list of 7 reasons for something Jazz related. Why 7, you ask? Simple… because it’s hard to come up with pi reasons. Try it… you’ll probably end up stumped after the 3rd reason. Anyhow, the subjects of the lists (and my quick thoughts) below.

Seven reasons the Jazz will win it all this year. I like. Unfortunately, it’ll take a lot of things… like everything going the Jazz way, and Booze playing D, and some defensive presence in the post, and no Stern-ref bias, etc.

Seven reasons the Jazz won’t win it all. Sadly, this seems more likely. It’s highly doubtful that every team got worse (or stayed the same) while the Jazz improved drastically. Especially when you look at the respective moves each team made.

Seven reasons the Jazz should make a trade. I get mentioned here, which makes it an even better list. And, as is brought up… the other teams have improved (at least on paper). Even if you’re not making moves to leap them… you have to keep up.

Seven hottest current Jazz players. I’ll admit, I’m not much of an expert here. Sorry to say, but I think Danielle cheated with the 7th listing. A list of 7 should have 7, no? Great job none-the-less.

Seven reasons to keep Boozer. Add another reason… he’s the only low-post option on the team. A brilliant list though… especially considering all the “trade him before he leaves” sentiments out there. It’s simple really… you only trade him if you get an outstanding offer (or if he asks for one because of his son’s health). You don’t trade just to trade… that’s how you ruin a team.

Seven reasons to trade Boozer. The biggest reasons? First, you get something for him (but that’s not a good reason to trade him). And second… AK gets to move back to his natural spot (the 4), where I think he’s a much better fit. Of course, this leaves the Jazz without an inside presence offensively. Can they compensate? I don’t know… you tell me.

Seven ways to “relieve the roster” of Collins. Hilarious. Love numbers 3 & 4. Sadly, just plain out “trade him for a rock” doesn’t make the list.

Of course, winning it all (the point of the season) will be tough. As mentioned above, questions about Booze, the lack of improvement (while others improve), the refs & David Stern, the lack of a defensive presence in the middle, etc… all of it adds up to the Jazz needing a lot of luck. Because in the playoffs… those who really want it show up. Of course, teams that can make amazing trades tend to show up as well (amazing is the Gasol rip-off, not the Jason Kidd disaster, just by-the-way).

Like when you can trade Starbury’s left shoe, the rights to David Lee’s nickname (if he doesn’t have one, then it’s the “future rights”) and an autographed copy of Isiah Thomas’ new book, GMing A NBA Team for Dummies, for Carlos Boozer.

Hopefully more Jazz talk coming soon.

Posted August 7, 2008 by Sujal in Off-season bantering

2008-09 Schedule Out   2 comments

As usual, I’m kinda late with this. SLC Dunk and Scrum over at True Blue Jazz (note the name change, and the new contributor) have already commented on it. Oh… so has Siler. But I might as well throw in my 2 cents as I try to get out of this non-posting lull.

Early thoughts…

  • As the guys over at the Trib have been all over… J-Slow’s 20th anniversary mark as a coach of the Jazz will take place December 9th… in Minnestoa.
  • Meanwhile, J-Slow (currently at 995 wins with the Jazz) is 5 wins away from 1000… something no coach has ever done with 1 team. Unfortunately for him, unless the Jazz win 5 straight games to open the season (DEN, LAC, @ LAC, POR, OKC), this milestone will also come on the road (the next 5 games are on the road).
  • Remember the great _enver Nuggets thing? Yeah… those Nuggets are the Jazz-sters opening night opponent at the ESA. With a couple changes. One, the one guy that played D (Marcus Camby) was traded to the Clippers for a hot-dog bun. Second, Eduardo Najera is a Net. And third… Hit-N-Run will be out due to a league-handed down suspension (DUI or something).
  • The home-and-home with the Clippers as the 2nd & 3rd games of the season… welcome back, Jason Hart. I think the Jazz had a home-and-home with them last year too (though later in the season)… the Jazz won both of them, if I recall correctly.
  • The Jazz have 3 different stretches of 5 straight on the road (November, December & March)… all against the Eastern Conference. That’s right… each of those trips knocks out 1/3 of the road contests against the EC teams. I wonder how many other teams have that type of set-up in their schedule.
  • The Jazz one 5 games at home stretch (February)… featuring teams going from good (NO, BOS) to Kobe (LAL) to good? (ATL) to bad (MEM).
  • The last game of 2008 is at home against Philly (December 29), while the first game of 2009 is on January 2 (@ LAL).
  • The Jazz only play the Hornets, Spurs & Lakers 3 times each… the Hornets twice at home, the other 2 twice on the road.
  • February seems to be the easiest month… 8 games at home, 3 on the road.
  • The pre-Christmas road trip… BOS, NJ, DET, CHI, MIL. How well do the Jazz do?
  • Quite a few TNT/ESPN games. I’d prefer ABC, because then I could actually watch them. Instead, that’ll be a list of games I can’t watch. For some reason though, Washington & Toronto are never on KJZZ anyways. Stupid.
  • The season ends pretty touch… after a @ DEN, MIN, @ NO, @ DAL stretch, the team finishes with 4 games in 5 days (they have a couple of stretches like that)… @ SA, GS, LAC, @ LAL. Yep… ending against the Lakers. David Stern and the league pretty much just gave the Jazz the bird.

Random dates…
10/29… Season opener, hosting Denver (without Camby & Hit-N-Run)
11/1 – 11/3… The Jason Hart affair reaches a climax with a home-and-home that’ll have the entire world tuning in
11/7… First game against Oklahoma City.
11/12… @ Washington… Revisiting Shorty (3/21 at the ESA). I wonder if they remember CJ Miles.
11/21… First game at San Antonio (the other is 4/10). Can the Jazz finally win there?
12/27… @ Houston… The first meeting between the teams of the season (1/21 @ Houston, 3/4 & 3/24 at the ESA)
1/2… Opening the new year in Los Angeles against the Kobes.
1/14… First visit to OKC. I expect the players to come back raving about all the awesome things to do in OKC.

Full schedule here. We’ll see. Can the Jazz break 55 wins? Will they rise high above, or fall below?

Posted August 7, 2008 by Sujal in Schedule

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