HoopsHype Al Jefferson rumors

April 28, 2014 Updates

Coach Steve Clifford sent out all the signals that playing Jefferson tonight might not make sense. “He couldn’t do anything this morning. I would say it’s doubtful he’d be able to play,” Clifford said. If Jefferson can’t play, Clifford said he would start Bismack Biyombo tonight. Biyombo has played a total of 15 minutes in the first three games of this series. Charlotte Observer

Asked about his level of pain, Jefferson said, “This has been like stepping on nails. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Jefferson has clearly been the Bobcats’ Most Valuable Player this season, averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. He was central to the Bobcats more than doubling their win total this season and reaching the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history.“Regardless of what happens (tonight), this has been a wonderful season,” Jefferson said. “We need to continue to build and continue to get better.” Charlotte Observer

April 27, 2014 Updates
April 26, 2014 Updates

Bobcats center Al Jefferson says he'll play in Game 3 Saturday night against the Miami Heat. Jefferson participated in Saturday morning's shoot around and says his injured left foot feels "about the same" as it did before Game 2 Wednesday night. Jefferson says "Once I come out of the game and go back in, it may take a few seconds to get it warmed back up." USA Today Sports

April 23, 2014 Updates
April 21, 2014 Updates

Considering how Charlotte finished 20-9 since the All-Star break just to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, this qualifies as more of a case of the former than the latter for Jefferson. “I really don’t know all the details, but it’s just something I’ve got to play through,” Jefferson said. “I don’t like needles, so it was very uncomfortable for me. I got one right when it happened. From a scale from 1-to-10, it [the pain] was probably a 6. Then I got one at halftime and it felt a lot better in the third quarter. We’re just hoping to keep it at that level going into Wednesday.” ESPN.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

Bobcats forward Al Jefferson required multiple injections after suffering a strained plantar fascia in his left foot during a 99-88 Game 1 loss to the Heat in Miami on Sunday. Jefferson began moving gingerly late in the first quarter. He departed for the locker room but returned to the court, laboring throughout the second half. He told reporters during his post-game comments that he received one injection when he first left the game and a second injection at halftime. “I just heard something pop,” he said. “It was a lot of pain. I really don’t know all the details. I know I’ll be OK. It’s something you have to play through … I don’t like needles. It was very uncomfortable for me. I got [an injection] one right when it happened … and I got one at halftime. It felt a lot better in the third quarter. … It was something I had to get used to.” SI.com

April 19, 2014 Updates

Regardless of how this series turns out for the Bobcats, what’s the upside for this team considering the salary cap room, the number of draft picks and securing a head coach in Steve Clifford? A: I would say the future is bright and I think it started with the Al Jefferson deal, a deal a lot of people questioned. He’s given them an anchor on their front line offensively, especially on a team that doesn’t shoot it well. I like Kemba Walker. I think he’s definitely a guy that he will be a guy you can rely on to be the starting point guard for many years to come. Charlotte Observer

April 16, 2014 Updates

That would be the Charlotte Bobcats, led by 6'10", 289-pound Al Jefferson, who was recently named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March after averaging 24.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and shooting 55.5 percent from the field. So far this month, he's even better at 26.6 points and 13.7 rebounds for the 42-39 Bobcats, who are back in the playoffs for the first time in four years. "My main goal right now is to turn the Bobcats into one of the elite teams in the East," Jefferson said. "I think that from the beginning, the respect that we now have is great, but I think it's just the beginning of something special." Bleacher Report

Jefferson, who also finishes strong with a 5.2 fourth-quarter points average, said he has to be craftier now that he's older. He said he even "shocks" himself with some of the moves he pulls off. "This is the best I've felt in my career just because of the experience I've got now," said Jefferson, who has a league-high 832 post-up plays (nearly one point per play, according to Synergy Sports). "The game is a lot slower to me than it was when I was younger. I understand and see things a lot clearer now than I did before—and guys are learning how to play with me, and I'm learning how to play with him. We've just got to continue to get stops. We're a good running team when we get stops." Bleacher Report

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