HoopsHype Al Jefferson rumors

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Then Schwartz suggested Jefferson make a visit to Charlotte to at least hear the Bobcats out. The rest has been a happy half-season of history for all concerned. “I met the coaching staff. That was the first impression right there,” Jefferson said of Steve Clifford and his assistants. “That showed me that MJ [team chairman Michael Jordan], Rod [Higgins, Charlotte president of basketball operations] and those guys, they went and got a great coach and staff. That let me know right there they were trying to turn this franchise around. “Then I looked at the young talent: Jeff Taylor, MKG [Michael Kidd-Gilchrist], Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson. Bis [Bismack Biyombo], a great high-energy big. Brendan Haywood and [Jannero] Pargo, guys who have been around the league and know what it takes to win. You add a guy with my talent and the things I’m able to do on offense. And then you look at the East, I really thought that was the best decision for me.” NBA.com

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But these Charlotte stats — and Jefferson’s contributions on that side of the court — might come as a huge shock to Jazz fans who spent the past three seasons bemoaning Big Al’s defense. Even Jefferson is somewhat surprised. “I never thought that my name would be a part of the being the anchor of one of the best top defensive team in the league,” he said. “That really makes me feel good, but it’s a team effort.” Deseret News

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The team was not very good with such an experience gulf, so over the summer they let their veterans walk in favor of committing to a full youth movement. Jefferson, now the Charlotte Bobcats’ starting center, believes it was the right decision for the Jazz to make. “Most definitely, I think Derrick Favors and Enes are going to be big time big men in this league,” Jefferson tells HOOPSWORLD. ”I kind of had a feeling that it really just wouldn’t make any sense basketball wise to sign back me or Paul Millsap back when you have them two young guys coming up. It was still tough to leave them. I felt like they were my little brothers, but it’s part of the business and it was the best decision for everybody.” HoopsWorld

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"It's very frustrating," Jefferson said. "I'm going to miss more games this season than the last three because of this injury. I take pride in not missing games. But this ankle injury - one minute I'm thinking everything is good and the next I'm feeling bad again. I feel like I’m letting my teammates down. It’s not fair to them for me to be in and out of the lineup. They’ve got a good thing going. I’m really ready for it to be over with, but it’s part of the game.” Charlotte Observer

Jefferson said the pain relates to arthritis he has had in that ankle since he was 6. He got an anti-inflammatory injection Sunday then was held out of physical activity the next two days. He did not accompany the Bobcats to Chicago for the Bulls game. “I feel a lot better than before I got the shot,” Jefferson said Tuesday. “It’s a bone bruise. I’ve had arthritis in this ankle since I was 6. When I got off the plane in Cleveland, that was what I was dealing with.” Charlotte Observer

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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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