"They used to call me The Black Hole, and that's really who I was,"
Jefferson told Lowe.I always loved Big Als honesty. He knows who he
is and what his deficiencies are. In a world where players often blame others
for their shortcomings Al Jefferson is a breath of fresh air and yes, also a
"Black Hole" when it comes to basketball.
The Bobcats will make the playoffs.
You gotta love the big fella. Wish him well. Maybe in four years he can return
to the Jazz as backup with minimum salary.
@ TerryHaimes:Did you make your statement with a straight face? The
Bobcats making the playoffs?? Yes, they might. But it won't be for at
least several more years at very best. Right now, a more realistic goal is to
just not finish at the bottom of their division. That has got to
make the Bobcat management feel somewhat foolish to hear that their biggest
off-season acquisition say he was surprised at how much they offered him. In
other words, he hadn't gotten any other offers even close to that and
probably would've settled with them for substantially less. It's
little wonder the Bobcats are in the condition they are as an organization and
as a team.
Tators seems like you are making fun of the Bobcats for paying too much for Al
Jefferson. Is it a fraction more than the Jazz paid Bell not to show up last
season? $3,000,000 for nothing.And you say consider where the
Bobcats are as a team. Chances are the Bobcvats will win more games the the
Jazz this season. They have a center who averages 14.5ppg whereas the Jazz has
1, 2 or 3 centers and put together they average 9 ppg.This year the
Jazz live in a glass house and will not be able to throw stones at any other
@doug10You better check your math. Bells salary and Jeffersons are
light years apart. The fact you are even comparing a team that is one of the
youngest/inexperienced vs a a team with their go-to player making almost $14/
year speaks volumes.The stats in the article don't lie. The
fact the Jazz gave up an additional eye popping 9.2 points per 100 possessions
says it all. It is not even debatable that Jefferson is one of the biggest
defensive doormats in the nba. That is literally half his offensive output
wiped out just from his own self described lazy defense. It's inexcusable
even in his own words. When he came here he said he planned to improve and?
Nothing. He alone caused the jazz to be a poor defensive team. The results of teams wherever Al plays are always the same and the range from
mediocrity to perpetual losing. The same results continued during his Jazz
tenure and all during his NBA prime.Go ahead and keep comparing
apples to oranges but the fact this young inexperienced team will compete with
the veteran-led Big Al squad for wins speaks volumes.
@doug10Of course the Bobcats overpaid. Did you even hear of any
other serious interest in Big Al? He was surprised himself. Why do you think
he didn't get a longer deal if he is so great?Everyone knows
you are overpaying if half the players offensive output is wiped out by his bad
defense. Why would anyone pay over 13 million for 9-10 points a game from your
some of these posters...will always gonna hate...this is what i dont understand
here....you guys have a team...and yet you dont support them and instead flame,
troll and hate on the comments...funny..
Kakashi....Good point....Lots of these comments degenerate into arguments about
something unrelated to the article.On Jefferson....At last sighting,
he was a black hole. When the ball went into that hole, it was gone for
good.....The guy's problem is that he is way too slow....Maybe not his
fault, but definitely his problem. He couldn't defend the pick and roll
because after feinting at the guard, he wasn't quick enough to back pedal
and cover his man....Finally, I've always said that if
Jefferson was as good as folks claimed he was, Minnesota would never have
exchanged him for Kosta Koufos.