Posted by: Jazzaholic on November 10th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Every day Kevin, Dennis, Ty, David Locke or the Booner talk about the young guys “earning their minutes.”
Isn’t it about time Big Al and Paul started earning their minutes?
Having more longevity and a bigger contract should not guarantee you the playing time or starting!
Big Al is playing like Little Al. He’s supposed to be a low post presence, not a 15-20 foot away from the basket player. He’s starting to remind me of Boozer, parish the thought.
Paul will always have problems with bigger players, but Faried made him look like a tired old man.
Both of them looked like they needed a walker to get up and down the court. This is really starting to remind me of Boozer. No inside game. No hustle back. No blocking out. Poor defense.
Kanter and Favors were playing well, when they finally got in. Kanter is really the only real low post presence the Jazz have right now. You can’t play an inside-out game, if Big Al is posting up 5 – 10 feet from the 3 point line and expect a 3 point shooter to be open when the double team comes. In fact, why double that far away from the basket? Kanter posts up near the paint, which opens up some 3 point shots, when he passes out.
Favors was blocking shots, rebounding, hustling back and even making his free throws!
So, Ty has to go with the automatic substitution, putting Paul and Big Al back in, despite Kanter and Favors play, in the few minutes given, and the closeness of the score.
There went the game!
What happened to riding the “hot hand?”
How about Paul and Big Al “earning their minutes?”
It’s time for Ty to sit down with Big Al and Paul and tell them, “I expect my bigs to run the floor, can you do that?” “Yes.” “Yes.” “Ok then, the first time I don’t see the effort getting up and down the floor, I’ll assume you’re getting tired and need a rest.”
Then Ty has to follow through!
It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time down the court, 3 minutes or 5 minutes, if there isn’t the effort, Enes or Derrek comes in. Stop the automatic, pre-programmed substitution pattern. Pull out the slackards and put in a fresh player. Then, take a minute and tell the player why you took him out. Do a little educating! You didn’t get back. You didn’t block out. You blew your defensive assignment. Whatever it is, let them know.
You might have a few games looking like a revolving door, running players in and out, but at least you’d start making your point and getting better play in the long run.
Thibs did it back in Chicago and it worked. Every time Boozer slacked off or missed an assignment, Thibs pulled him. He got the point and Chicago is one of the better defensive teams.
It’s time for Paul and Big Al to earn their minutes, not just have minutes given to them.
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