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There were questions as to whether a franchise such as Charlotte, with such little history and success, would be able to attract a premium free agent. Jefferson, who has averaged 16.4 points and 9 rebounds in his career, answered that. “First of all they were attracted to me, they wanted me to be part of their family,” he said. “For the record, being a free agent is not fun. It’s nothing like I thought it would be. Charlotte was the team who showed interest in me. To me, that’s all I needed with the coaching staff, [coach Steve Clifford], Patrick Ewing, Mark Price, Kemba Walker, [Kidd-Gilchrist]. To me, that’s where I wanted to be and I made a decision.” And this time, Jefferson feels at home, hoping this is more than a temporary stay. “I could see [finishing my career] here because they’re headed in the right direction,” he said. “And they wanted me to be a part of it.” Boston Globe

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Center Al Jefferson experienced some pain and stiffness in his sprained right ankle at practice Tuesday, so the Charlotte Bobcats will continue to list him as questionable for the opener Wednesday in Houston against the Rockets. Charlotte Observer

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While Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson is still optimistic he’ll play in Wednesday’s season opener in Houston, the team is listing him as questionable with a sprained right ankle. Jefferson was hurt early in the preseason when he stepped on the foot of Miami Heat center Chris Bosh and landed awkwardly. He participated in most, but not all, of Monday’s practice after sitting out nearly three weeks. Charlotte Observer

While Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson is still optimistic he’ll play in Wednesday’s season-opener in Houston, the team is listing him as “questionable’’ with a sprained right ankle. Jefferson was hurt early in the preseason when he stepped on the foot of Miami Heat center Chris Bosh and landed awkwardly. He participated in most, but not all, of Monday’s practice after sitting out nearly three weeks. Charlotte Observer

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Six days removed from a scary fall, Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson said his sprained ankle has improved enough that it’s "very realistic’’ he’ll play in the season opener Oct. 30. "I’m taking it day-by-day, but that’s my goal," Jefferson said of playing against the Rockets in Houston opening night. "My ankle is healing really fast. Two days ago I was on crutches and now I’m in my regular shoes. I heal fast. "The doctor made it clear it’s just a low ankle sprain. It’s very realistic (to play in the opener). If it were up to me, I’d be (out) another week, but I understand they want to take it really slow." Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson suffered a sprained right ankle in Friday's 86-75 preseason loss to the Miami Heat. Jefferson fell awkwardly to the court with 5:41 left in the third quarter when he landed on the foot of Heat center Chris Bosh as the two fought for rebounding position in the lane. Jefferson remained on the court for several seconds until a timeout was called so he could be treated by team trainers. ESPN.com

Teammates carried Jefferson to the locker room, where a Bobcats official confirmed the sprain after X-rays were negative. A dejected Jefferson had his right foot in a walking boot as he left the Sprint Center on crutches. "It's sore as [expletive], real sore -- that's all I can tell you," Jefferson told ESPN.com as he left the arena. "It feels like I've got a heartbeat in it. All that matters is that it's negative. It ain't nothing I've never been through before, so I've just got to get treatment and make sure I'm ready for the season." ESPN.com

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