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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 3:35 p.m. MDT

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rvalens2
Burley, ID

"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.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

The Bobcats will make the playoffs.

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

You gotta love the big fella. Wish him well. Maybe in four years he can return to the Jazz as backup with minimum salary.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ 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.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

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 team.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

@doug10

You 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.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

@doug10

Of 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 1st option?

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

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..

gehelmke
Bastrop, TX

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.

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