AK-47 has been curiously ineffective this season, posting his worst numbers since he was a rookie. After he complained in January about wanting a greater role in coach Jerry Sloan's offense, Jazz owner Larry Miller responded on a local radio show that he "cringes" when Kirilenko shoots and that the Russian shot-blocking forward was on "thin ice." It was little surprise that Kirilenko admitted after Miller's remarks that his confidence was at an all-time low.
Text: Paul Forrester
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