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Utah Jazz basketball: Al Jefferson talks up playing in Utah in interviews with national media

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  • RepresentBlue
    Aug. 3, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    "I go from being in a Toyota to a Bentley. It's a beautiful thing."

    The Jazz are like a Bentley? While Jazz fans appreciate the enthusiasm and the compliment, comparing the Jazz to a Bentley is like comparing Salt Lake City to Paris. The Jazz are more like a good pickup truck, or even a John Deere tractor, than a $300k British luxury car. But thanks anyway Al. Can't wait to see you playing in a Jazz uni!

  • Elcapitan
    Aug. 2, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Our patience has paid off....Boooooze is gone and that certainly makes my day as a fan. Kevin has done good. Welcome Al...we love ya. What a pleasure it is to look forward to your play and life in Utah. You are our kind of guy. Keep up the good work. This should be a great year for new beginnings and hope for a Championship.

  • Henry Drummond
    Aug. 1, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    Maybe Kevin knew what he was doing after all. Having Paul, Memo, and Al rotating through the Center/Power Forward position maybe with some help from Fez means we can keep up the pressure under the basket for points and rebounds for all 48 minutes. Now it makes perfect sense to get someone like Gordon Hayward to work on the perimeter with D-Will and Raja. Have a "big" like Memo who can hit from outside also makes it difficult to double team. Raja certainly adds a lot defensively. If we can find out a way to stay healthy this team can go a long ways both this year and in future years.

  • BillM75
    July 30, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Folks, ya'll gotta be very conservative with what we'll get from Memo this season. Best case scenario is that he's in shape with his shooting dialed in, but he's going to be on very limited minutes anyway. It's a serious injury that takes longer than 5-6 months to fully heal.

    However, if he can contribute, if CJ has a breakthrough, if AK has a big contract year a la Loozer, if Al reaches his potential, if Bell has one last run in him, if Hayward can fill in in spots, if everyone stays healthy, the Jazz will be right there near/at the top of the West.

    Catch a couple breaks from the refs, who knows...

    Must say that so far Al, Bell, & Hayward have said/done everything you could hope for, but loooong way to go of course.

  • Jazzman72
    July 30, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    I hear Mike James would like to come to the Jazz. He would be a serviceable backup to D-Will, and would add some veteran savvy. Price is okay as the third pg, and AK, CJ and Hayward are decent ball handlers in a pinch.

  • Jazzman72
    July 30, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    I read that Mike James would like to play for the Jazz. He would be a good addition. He would be a serviceable backup to D-Will, and would give the team some more veteran savy. Gaines would be the odd man out if that happens, since his contract is non-guaranteed. Price would be ok as the third pg. AK, CJ and Hayward are all decent ball handlers in a pinch as well.

  • WYoJazzFan
    July 30, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Looking at some of the NBA analysts they have UT very high on their lists for the coming season. within the top 5 and ususally #3. With Memo and Raja making 3s and spreading the floor part of the time and then using AJ, AK and Paul on the floor at the same time you would have a decent defensive unit. The possibilities are endless and I am gald it isn't my job to figure out which units wo play at which time.
    This will be a great season and yet at the same time a large learning opportunity for all the new players to find their niche and work into the system. However Bell already has a leg up. Lets take LA down this year.

  • klepsydra
    July 30, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    I can see the Jazz resigning AK for a lot less money. He has already said he would like to stay in Utah and recognizes it will be for less money.

  • CJ Miles
    July 29, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    AK will be traded by the deadline if the Jazz feel they can compete with the Lakers by adding one more piece. If not, AK will play the year out and then not be re-signed saving the Jazz a ton of money.

    Bugoff: Do you stay up all night researching websites so you can post?

  • Large Tuna
    July 29, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    Carlos Whoozer??

  • Striker
    July 29, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    Al is my official new favorite sports person. I live 1000 miles away, but I may actually try to get on the internet and watch a Jazz game or two.

  • Viva Los Jazz
    July 28, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    Young Al is going to bring us a championship for sure! He's not all talk because he's moved here so he can work on his game at the practice facility; a real gym rat. It seems like we still need a shot blocking big man. AJ blocks 1 and a half per game (an improvement vs. Boozer) but we may need AK to do some of that. Let's see if we can find a young Marcus Cambi out there.

  • Dick of the NW
    July 28, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    Hey. Rudy F from the Laziers is a head case. Why would the Jazz want another team's malcontent. With this team, the Jazz may have the best locker room environment, even better than last year now that Boozer is gone. Boozer speak was too slick and not from the heart. With D-Will, Bell, and Big Al the Jazz fans will get the straight scoop. Go Jazz!

  • CJ
    July 28, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    I hope that the Blazers trade Matthews to a sub 500 team and he finds out what its like to play somewhere like that instead of for the Jazz who are set to move forward now.

  • Jacky Blue
    July 28, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    I will take Big Al over Boozer every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Add Raja to the mix and I am more excited for the Jazz this season than I have been since Deron was drafted.

  • MenaceToSociety
    July 28, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    Nobody wants to play in Utah!! Waaaaaaa!!!

    Wait a second...

  • Sokol
    July 28, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    One more tidbit, fans appreciate more a guy who tries and wants to play here, like Big Al, then some loafer with only dollar signs in his eys..
    like Benedict Boozer.

  • odogtriever
    July 28, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    @Cameron, Gasol, Dirk just to name a few.

    Bugoff, why you always a buzz kill?

    This will be good for the Jazz, but even better for D-Will, which is great news for Jazz fans like us! A happy Derron is a happy Jazz fan!

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces
    July 28, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    Big Al will have the best season of his career this upcoming season once he is paired with the league's best PG, and under the control of the Sloan system. He has shined without such support--with it, the sky is the limit. Watch and see...he will play at a level that he has not yet reached. It's gonna be fun to watch. We will soon have a hard time remembering the name of that one guy that used to play for the Jazz...what was his name now..Buzzer, Loozer...I think he plays for the Bulls or something now...

  • LAJazzFan
    July 28, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    I am excited to see how AJ fits in, and anticipate that he will do well in the system.

    However, I am concerned how he and Sap play at the same time. Seems to me that they play in the same general vicinity with the same type of game.

    I do, though, like the thought (at least offensively) of the combo of Okur's mid to long range shots and AJ's paint moves as they complement one another. Defensively is a bit of a concern, but not any more than Okur and Boozer. I think this is where AK really comes into play this year with his come from behind swats.

  • #1 Jazz Fan
    July 28, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    I like this guy's attitude. He'll be a welcome addition to the Jazz.

    I'm glad we'll have a competitive team this year!

  • Jazz-Nation
    July 28, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Utah Jazz fans embrace hard work and dedicated players. We respect work ethic, and frown on guys that make comments about money. I really like Al Jefferson and his demeanor, it is very positive and refreshing and should rub off on other guys on the team. I am getting excited for the season to start! GO JAZZ!!

  • OrlandoJazzFan
    July 28, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    So what are the thoughts of the Jazz going after Rudy from Portland. They guy can really hit the 3 and spread the defense for AJ

  • Sokol
    July 28, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    Big Al was a monster in Minnesota. He scored 23.7 without Deron Williams...He is a great guy. In the middle of winter, 30 below, 75 degrees below with the windchill factor....and all there is too eat in the fridge is Lutefisk, Lefse and Head Cheese...and people are screaming hockey insults at each other....I would probably have a whiskey or two myself...and crave to be out of the American Siberia...known as Minnesota.

  • Cameron
    July 28, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    AJ will be an all star this year. He'll get 20/10, and with Boozer and Stoudemire moved to the East, there's not as much competition left. What's the list of better PF in the West?

  • LKA
    July 28, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    I think they need to ease in Okur so he will be healthy the rest of the season. At 100% health I would give the Jazz the nod over anyone.

  • japete
    July 28, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    "Music to your ears"? Wait until you walk into ESA for game 1 ... us Jazz fan will bring music to your ears... you may need ear plugs!!! Welcome to Utah Big Al!!!

  • Bugoff
    July 28, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Several things have to happen for AJ to be an ALL Star at Utah.

    1. The Jazz need sufficient outside shooting to open things up for AJ's low post game. The combination of AJ at the low post and Millsap in the high post should be very strong IF the paint is not packed.

    2. With a healthy Okur in the low post (and with his 3 shooting clear outs) AJ in the high post could be even better than the AJ/Millsap combo BUT only if AJ improves his passing.

    If combos 1 and 2 are combined with enough outside shooting the Jazz have 3 ways (plus running) to beat opponents.

    IF AJ plays defense and the Jazz develop an interior defense then they will contend. Okur is still weak on D and Millsap can be shot over.

    Stardom is predicated on AJ improving his passing and defense dramatically. AND the Jazz having enough outside shooting to keep the paint unpacked by torching Kobe and other free roving SG/SFs who back off of the Utah SG/SFs.

  • Big_Ben
    July 28, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    I am so excited for the upcoming year. I think we are going to be awesome if we can stay healthy.

  • CWJ
    July 28, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    This is going to be fun to watch. Go Jazz!

  • Snark
    July 28, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    Al, on Sloan octain and nourished by D-Will feeds, will be one heck of a disturbance in the NBA force. This is going to be fun!

  • Veracity
    July 28, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    abr2116 you mentioned someone named Boozer...who was he...is he related to the Loozer?...

  • abr2116
    July 28, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    I've already forgotten about Boozer! It will be great to see how they can perform on the court - 52+ wins is my projection.

  • JFFR
    July 28, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    Welcome to Utah! It's a wonderful place!

    What you said is music to our ears! :)

  • Shawnm750
    July 28, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    I'm just glad that we've picked up some guys like Jefferson and Bell that are enthusiastic about being here. Frankly, I think this club needs a good shot in the arm of excitement that we weren't going to get from Boozer...

  • CJ
    July 28, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    So glad to have him over Boozer the mercenary. Also happy to have Raja back and to see the Jazz tell the Blazers to eat Matthews contract.

  • UkJazz
    July 28, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    Well he's certainly saying the right things.....

  • Jazzman72
    July 28, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    I'm glad you're happy, Al! Now make us happy and take us to the promised land! :)

  • josemb
    July 28, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    the key to a good run by the jazz this coming season is okur's health. if he's healthy and in shape, he'll be the X factor for the jazz. hitting 3s, getting rebounds, clogging the lane(not necessarily blocking shots) and keeping the other teams' big men playing honest defense. jefferson and millsap might be the starters but okur's length and shooting would greatly help the jazz's cause even coming off the bench. even against the lakers, okur would have a big impact playing against gasol or bynum by simply hitting those long jumpers and giving millsap and/or jefferson easier timer in the paint

  • pdhitman
    July 28, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    It's music to my ears too if we won a championship. Stock and Mailman would be the best players of franchise history but u two (dwill and al) would be the heroes in jazz history if that happened.