Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson supported by team

Published: Tuesday, March 13 2012 10:38 p.m. MDT

"The only thing I'm afraid of is my grandmother, because she didn't even know I was drinking," the 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson said. "I didn't really care about nothing else. The only thing I was afraid of when I went to jail was my grandmother finding out."

Jefferson chuckled recalling how nobody in his family wanted to tell her about his unfortunate mistake, so mum was the word.

His grandmother didn't find out until she tuned into the Timberwolves' next game against Dallas.

Jefferson wasn't in the lineup because of an NBA suspsension.

And, yes, Grandmother noticed.

"Even after the season, I didn't go home because I was afraid," he admitted. "I called her and she told me I could come on home. ... She forgave me for that and told me just don't ever do it again."

That respectful fear has kept Jefferson on a narrower and straighter path.

Another memory Jefferson is more thankful for now is this past Thanksgiving. It was the first one he was able to spend in Mississippi with his family since 2003.

"Thank God for the lockout. ... I had a chance to be with her," he said, smiling. "She cooked for the first time in four years because she knew I was going to be there. We just laughed and talked and had a wonderful time. It was a good experience. I'm glad I had a chance to do that one last time with her."

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