Utah Jazz basketball: Al Jefferson disputes reports claiming he wants to return to Boston

By James Patrick

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) rebounds against Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

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BOSTON — With the NHL not playing and the Red Sox done for the winter, the Boston media chose to stir the pot with Al Jefferson, a former Celtic, on Wednesday night.

An interview with a gaggle of Boston reporters did not start well when a reporter said to Jefferson that Jefferson had indicated last year he wanted to come back to Boston. After the game, Jefferson was still upset about that interlude, asking a reporter who was an eyewitness to the interview session to verify for a Jazz official that he hadn't said he wanted to come back to Boston.

The interview session led to headlines such as, "Jefferson would 'love' to return to Boston," on Boston websites.

Jefferson did say of Boston, "This is my first home. This will always be my home away from home. Danny Ainge gave me a chance when nobody else did. If that situation were to happen, I'd love to do that again."

Jefferson also said, "Right now, I just want to be in the NBA. I want to be with the Utah Jazz to be honest with you. I'd love to stay in Utah. They do things the right way, kind of remind me of Boston, first class. They do everything the right way."

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