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Should be careful what I wish for…

May 2, 2011
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Yesterday, I was complaining about the nonexistent nature of Jazz-related news at the moment. Today, Greg Miller appeared on SportsBeat Sunday and was “chilly” (according to KSL) about the prospect of re-signing AK. Think I would’ve preferred the continuation of no news.

** [Tom Kirkland: AK, one of Larry’s favorites, told us a couple of weeks ago there is a home team discount…What do you see, looking down the road, at Andrei Kirilenko?] I think Andrei’s a real gentleman and he’s an exciting player to watch. I think he really helps the Jazz when he’s on the floor. I have to be honest with you, I have some concerns about his durability and his ability to play through some injuries. I’m not a doctor, obviously. I’m not one to pass judgment on that, but when I watch him as a fan sometimes, I wonder if he should be dressed and playing when he’s sitting on the sidelines.

Asking in a rational tone of voice: Isn’t the first part of that last sentence (“I’m not going to pass judgment”) in direct contradiction with the rest of it?

The Rest:
** “David Stern asked me an interesting question when I went [to] my first meeting as an NBA governor. He said, ‘Your mom can still fire you, right?’ And I said, ‘That’s right.’ And he said, ‘I’m glad we understand that.’ She’s the chairman [and] I’m the CEO, but I appreciate the fact that she gives me an opportunity to make the decisions and I try not to misplace that trust.”

** [on Gail’s role in the Deron trade] Actually, we committed to that [trade] before she had a chance to hear about it. The meeting came together rather hastily. We were unable to reach her, and as soon as the meeting was over I called her to bring her up to speed and she was shocked…But once I explained to her that it would preserve the value that was in Deron Williams’ contract for a couple of years to come, then it made sense to her and she blessed it but it was after the fact. We would’ve been in trouble if she’d said, “No, we’re not doing this.”

** [on CJ’s option] CJ is one who’s very exciting to watch when he’s on. I’m concerned about his inconsistency. Hopefully with him, more minutes and more experience will help him mature through that because when he’s on, he’s very exciting and he adds a dimension to our team that makes us better.

** [on draft goals] We want to get bigger, and we want to improve our shooting.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jazzy Girl permalink
    May 3, 2011 12:05 am

    I have a difficult time with Greg Miller…

    I guess I am always waiting for him to have half of the passion that Larry had, half the drive, to build a relationship with the coaches and the players, to come running off the bench and give Paul Millsap a hug after an exciting win, to grab Fes by the jersey and pull Fes’ face down to his level for a good lecture…

    But to me, Greg Miller does not care. Its like he is forced to come to the games and play a part. I pray that he does not have any real pull in the organization, because I would hate to think that someone who cares so little about the Jazz is making decisions.

    Please dear Jazz, please do not make the same mistakes you made last summer. Please do not let good valuable players, who want to stay in Utah (ala Korver and Matthews) go. AK wants to stay and is an asset to this team. I don’t know if I have the energy to worry about AK all summer again.

    • Evans Almighty permalink
      May 3, 2011 1:20 am

      I think we were spoiled with Larry, but i do think Greg cares he is just not as passionate as his father. He is more hands off but he isn’t as qualified to be as hands on. I would gladdy be the owner of the team if he wanted me too… Also on AK i can see what he is saying, if AK stays it will because of an enormous discount.

  2. Jazzy Girl permalink
    May 3, 2011 12:18 am

    Also a note on CJ. Love the kid, really. But he still needs his hand held after 6 years in the NBA… How many years should it take to develop a player? When CJ is on he is the shiz, if he could be consistent he could be an All Star, but he is not. At least with Fes we get heart and a good laugh.


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