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Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha
Position: -
Born: 05/02/84
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:213 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
Earnings: $44,725,228 ($49,406,843*)
Kyle Korver: I still remember my reaction when I first heard what happened to Thabo. It was 2015, late in the season. Thabo and I were teammates on the Hawks, and we’d flown into New York late after a game in Atlanta. When I woke up the next morning, our team group text was going nuts. Details were still hazy, but guys were saying, Thabo hurt his leg? During an arrest? Wait — he spent the night in jail?! Everyone was pretty upset and confused. Well, almost everyone. My response was….. different. I’m embarrassed to admit it.
Jazz players Thabo Sefolosha and Raul Neto were reexamined by the Utah Jazz medical staff on Tuesday and the following was determined: Sefolosha (mild right hamstring strain) will be reevaluated in one week. Neto (left groin strain) will be reevaluated in one week. Jazz guard Danté Exum still has one more week before being reevaluated for his left ankle sprain. Jazz center Tony Bradley still has two more weeks before being reevaluated on his right knee surgery.
For the first time in 21 years, the Jazz will be part of the Christmas Day lineup. That alone is significant. The games are reserved for the brightest stars, the best teams or the biggest markets (looking at you, New York). “The best teams in the world are playing,” Gobert said. “It’s great for us. It’s a good opportunity for the world to see what we can do.” It’s a recognition from the NBA that the Jazz are among the top teams in the league. And that fact hasn’t been lost on the players. “It’s an honor to play on Christmas, everybody is watching,” Sefolosha said. “It’s a big basketball day — amongst many other things. It’s great. I think it shows the improvement of the team, the commitment of the organization to make a good culture, a good team and it’s working.”
Sefolosha: By default, I’m seen as a black man in America. And everybody is kind of in the same basket. What happened to me in New York proved a point. So, yeah, I always liked history and stuff like that, so I was very interested actually in seeing what was the influences and the forces that made people act and react the way they did. That was interesting for me, and I’m still learning about that. But there was definitely differences between being black in Europe and being black in the U.S.
Sefolosha: No. I wouldn’t say so. I mean growing up, few things here and there. I was the only black guy at school for a while. But I didn’t have to go through the systemic racism as far as I never really looked for a job in Switzerland and things like that. I know that can be a challenge, you know, whether it’s in France or it’s in Switzerland or it’s everywhere in Europe. If you got a name with an African or Muslim sound, it’s a little harder to get a job. So I didn’t have to go through that.
Sefolosha: I will not. I have kids. They’re a little bit older now — they’re 10 and 9 — and I want them to experience something different. The [American] culture is one that glorifies values that I don’t really share, so I want them to see something else, grow up around something different, and then they’ll make a decision. But for a while I think I want to be back home, do business there and be close to family as well.
He was also suspended for the first five games after testing positive for marijuana. Sefolosha said he used it for pain management, but also doesn’t run from the fact that he was wrong. When news of the suspension surfaced last spring, Sefolosha had a conversation with Lindsey. The contents of that talk have been kept private, but sources say the Jazz showed a level of understanding to what Sefolosha was enduring at the time. “It’s definitely not something I want to endorse in any kind of way,” Sefolosha said. “I know that I had to own up to it. There were no excuses. I know I have young fans and I know that it’s a terrible thing for young people to do. I did what I did, and I have to deal with the consequences.”
Storyline: Jazz Front Office
Sefolosha’s one of the smartest athletes in the NBA, a grounded, well-traveled dude with a thoughtful opinion on most social matters. His experiences through his time in the league have motivated him to have a voice and to use that voice. It’s something he doesn’t take lightly. “I feel like if athletes have a platform, they should use it,” Sefolosha said. “I never liked injustice. When I see it and when I experience it, I feel like I have to fight against it in my own way. This is a country where there’s a lot going on. You see the best of the best and the worst of the worst.”
Thabo Sefolosha has served his time for committing the crime. After completing his five-game suspension for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the Utah Jazz wing will be available to suit up for the Dallas Mavericks game on Sunday in the American Airlines Center. The rules have prohibited him from being in the arena to support the team during games while sitting out, which is why he wasn’t in attendance for Utah’s latest 132-111 victory at New Orleans on Saturday.
Storyline: Thabo Sefolosha Suspension
However, his veteran leadership has been on display even when he wasn’t on the floor. “Missing someone more than anything, what you’re really saying is that they have the ability to contribute and anyone that has the ability to contribute, you could miss them at various times,” Snyder said. “You don’t know when that opportunity necessarily presents itself in a tangible way but Thabo’s certainly someone that has done that before and his contribution is the subtleties. “Thabo’s voice and his leadership have been something that has been important to our group even when he’s been out.”
He led all rookies in scoring with 20.5 points per game in the regular season then became the first rookie to lead a playoff team in scoring since Carmelo Anthony. “I was a teammate with Derrick Rose when he was a rookie, Russell (Westbrook) and (Kevin Durant) when they were young in their first two seasons in OKC, and the talent level is right up there with those guys,” said Jazz veteran Thabo Sefolosha. “He’s fearless, relentless. He goes and has incredible confidence in his ability, and he’s just a good overall basketball player and I’m surprise that he was able to show it this early, but I think that he showed even in the summer of us getting ready in practice in stuff that he’s going to be great for years to come.”
The 5 game suspension for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program will likely cost Thabo Sefolosha $172,241 in 2018-19. Sefolosha is recovering from a right MCL knee injury that has caused him to miss most of the season and will serve the suspension with the next NBA regular season game or playoff game for which he is physically able to play in. Sefolosha’s $5.2M contract for next season will be guaranteed if the Jazz do not waive him by July 1.
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It’s easier to suggest a lineup change from the outside than it is to make one. Ricky Rubio may be a Jazz man next season (not a certainty, by the way), and Utah is likely wary of crushing his confidence by benching him — and moving Donovan Mitchell to point guard. Potential replacements for Rubio are uninspiring, especially with Rodney Hood dealing with another case of Rodney Hood-itis. Thabo Sefolosha, a fill-in starter at multiple positions, is out for the season. Starting Jonas Jerebko or Joe Johnson in Favors’ place might be the easiest fix, but those guys aren’t saving Utah’s season. The trade deadline might provide a solution.
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And while Sefolosha has acknowledged he’d prefer to play every night, he respects how Snyder has kept an open line of communication. “I think he’s been doing a great job since the beginning of just communicating with all 15 of us,” he said. “Really the message is clear with what he expects from you, what he wants from you on the court, and he gives you the freedom to do it.”
The Jazz are 11 games into an 82 game season. So, even with a 5-6 record, it’s too early to truly panic. At the same time, Tuesday’s 104-97 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers is the latest example of a trend that should give the Jazz cause for angst. “Right now, we’re too much in our own heads,” Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha said. “We’re too worried about not making shots and it’s affecting our defense.”
Not Thabo Sefolosha, though. He’s consistent. For the past couple years, the 33-year-old has exclusively balled in one shoe: The Nike Air Max 90. Yes, one of the Swoosh’s most iconic running shoes designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield is being used by the Jazz forward. “People ask me all the time, ‘How do I play in them?’ I just lace them up and run,” Sefolosha explained while grinning.
He is the only active NBA player sporting that particular model, according to NBA Shoes DB. “I just play in what’s comfortable, to be honest,” Sefolosha said. “That was the main thing for me, just being comfortable. “I think they have great grip for somebody like me that kind of slides a lot and needs to be quick on the court,” he added. “That was my thought process and after that I just try to put some flavor on that and add some color.”
It started as many modern day mysteries do these days: Twitter. During Monday’s preseason opener against the Sydney Kings, a fan came forward with a story pitch: Did Thabo Sefolosha save someone’s life? “Who told you about the lady?” Sefolosha said when asked that question after Friday morning shootaround. “Wow, that’s random.” But what the Jazz forward may view as a small encounter last month on the Provo River was a life-saving moment — and Lori Clark wants him, and fans of the Jazz, to know how much it meant to her. “He didn’t realize I was really in dire straits,” she said in an interview with the Tribune. “He really did save my life that day.”
With about 20 minutes left on the trip, Clark hit a boulder in the stream and flipped over. Her tube and oars quickly floated downstream. Her life vest rode up past her head, and she was struggling for air. “I always wondered how people drowned in small water before this happened,” she said. “The water was so swift, I couldn’t catch my breath. It was really terrifying.” One of her friends, Heidi Bishop, grabbed her shirt and tried to take her along with her, but she was worried that Clark might capsize her as well. As she thrashed along in the water, Clark was hitting rocks in the stream, gathering cuts and bruises. They asked for help from at least one other person as they struggled: He advised them to keep along as they were and then went on his way. It was at this moment of peril that the Sefoloshas came up the river. Thabo asked if he could help, then helped lift her into his raft.
“It’s a country that I’m still learning as I come here more often,” said the Switzerland-born Sefolosha on Thursday via conference call, noting that his family was not allowed there during Apartheid because of laws against interracial marriage. “It’s a beautiful country. I’m very fortunate that the NBA is doing the camp there so it allows me to mix business and pleasure and reconnect with this country and the family.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha (pronounced TAH-bow sef-a-LOW-sha) to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Known as one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, Sefolosha (6-7, 220, Switzerland) appeared in 62 games (42 starts) for the Atlanta Hawks this past season, averaging 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a team and career-best 1.5 steals in 25.7 minutes of action.
Storyline: Thabo Sefolosha Free Agency
The Portland Trail Blazers’ starting shooting guard will participate in NBA Africa Game 2017, the second exhibition matchup sponsored by the NBA in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game, scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome, will feature Team Africa vs. Team World in a matchup that will include players from across the NBA. McCollum will play on Team World, which also will include DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis and captains Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker, among others. They will face a team comprised of NBA players who are first-and second-generation Africans, including Luol Deng, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka and Victor Oladipo.