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Jerry Sloan: Andrei Kirilenko Can't Play Up To Contract

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Posted April 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM

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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who has had an iffy relationship with Andrei Kirilenko, doesn't believe that the forward can play up to his contract.

"Sometimes money gets in the way of other people's thoughts about players," Sloan said.

"It's kind of like when we had (center Greg) Ostertag," he added. "Ostertag got a big contract, and they expected him to play like (Kareem Abdul-) Jabbar. Well, he wasn't. And that happens with a lot of people sometimes."

RealGM Note: Kirilenko, who played in 67 games during the regular season, had an FIC40 of 14.1 and a Reina Value of -3%.


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Posted April 17, 2009 - 04:13 PM

AK use to be a beast, but since Boozer and Deron became All-Stars he faded into the background

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Posted April 17, 2009 - 04:43 PM

I hope he was just joking about Ostertag playing like Kareem...
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Posted April 17, 2009 - 11:52 PM

AK use to be a beast, but since Boozer and Deron became All-Stars he faded into the background

Yeah a defensive monster. He's still a decent player, but another one with a big contract.

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Posted April 17, 2009 - 11:58 PM

They had a huge rift before the season started and Sloan has picked a terrible time to bring it back up again. If this was Phil, it would be a little jab to motivate, but Jerry doesn't say things like this unless its heartfelt.

Bad timing Jerry - really bad timing.

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