Utah Jazz notebook: 'Honest Al' Jefferson hammered by media for his comments

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 9, 2012 5:36 p.m.


    i dont think...Big Al would improve his defense...he has good back to the basket post up moves...other than that...he amounts to nothing...our team would have greatly improved...if Favors started...instead of Al...at least we know...the C and PF positions would give it their all to defend...i would trade Al...and probably Harris...for Kaman and Eric Gordon...and sign Goran Dragic to a mid-level contract...and if we can still squeeze a trade...i'll go after Eric Bledsoe as a 3rd PG...giving tinsley another crack at being the number 2 PG...while guiding Bledsoe...Favors would start...and Kanter should be the first off the bench...replacing millsap..moving favors at the 4...then sub in Kaman...for Favors..its easy to think..but im sure its hard to execute...

  • huggyface Murray, UT
    May 8, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Smith is right, it comes down to your belief level. If you believe the other team, guy, etc. is better than you than you are right and you've given your opponent an advantage. This is a defeatist attitude and should not be vocalized. It's nice he's honest and spoke his mind, but as a competitor, you have to learn to face your beliefs and confront them and convince yourself that you can beat them.

    Big Al has some amazing skills and I'm looking forward to next year. Get in shape, work on being more aggressive and drawing more fouls. You and Favors can work on it in Santa Barbara.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 8, 2012 5:54 p.m.


    stats dont always mean he did great on the floor...Kobe gets 30 but he shoots terribly and is a cause for their team's downfall...Al's 26-10...means nothing...he gave up a lot of points when the spurs guards drive by for an easy...uncontested layup...because Jefferson's feet is chained to the ground...and his confused and somewhat lazy look...while Parker and the other spurs guard keep hitting inside the paint...Favors should be starting...and Kanter should be getting more minutes...we are just witnessing just the tip of the talent and potential of both players...Kanter with limited minutes..is a better rebounder and defender than al jefferson...and im not sure why Kanter isnt shooting...but i believe he can shoot the ball from distance...he just prefers to bang downlow...

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    May 8, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    This comment would be ok years down the road but not in the midst of the heat of the battle..

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 8, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Don't care for Smith but what he says is true. Al may be speaking the truth but I am not interested in hearing it until the series is over.

    Poor timing and I think Al Jefferson acted and played like a deer in the headlights the whole series.

    Even when he improved offensively his defense was deplorable and horrific. It was not due to fatigue either because it started fromt he very first pick and roll in the first quarter when he sagged into the paint.

    Its like Boozer all over again.

    Tomorrow would not be soon enough to see Jefferson gone. I don't want the other younger players watching that pathetic defense and thinking it is ok to do because he is a supposed leader and the coach allows it.

    Its a bad precedent to allow.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 8, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    When Big Al's grandmother died recently, he had a life altering experience. I like the new Abraham Lincoln persona that Big Al is projecting. At 14 mill per year, this act of honesty may actually built up his fan base in Utah. It worked with me. The dancers are another story. I presume that they were pulled off the court to keep blood from splattering on their fancy uniforms. They returned when the Jazz made a final run.

  • huffnpuff Yucca Valley, CA
    May 8, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    I can't abide by the ESPN announcers or the sports writers. I turn the sound off when the games are on ESPN and I don't watch ESPN sports shows. Maybe Smith never ha to play a little playoff basketball or maybe he did and that's why he's a sportswriter or announcer whatever.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    We all know what Al said was true. So what? Al is entitled to his opinion, just as long as he goes out and performs to the best of his ability no matter what.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    May 8, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Those ESPN people are soooooo full of themselves! That is why I refuse to watch their shows. And I usually mute the sound when I have to watch one of their live broadcasts. I am not sure where they hire these 'pathetic' announcers, but they should go out and hire some people who realize that 'they' are not the 'show'.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 8, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Smith, blah, blah, blah. Name one team in NBA history that has come back from being down 3-0.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    May 8, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Journalists always complain about athletes not being up front and honest. All they usually get is "We're going to give 110% and we feel we can beat them" - despite the fact that they've been pummeled for three previous games. Al Jefferson makes his honest assessment - finally giving writers a candid view of things - and he gets crucified. I think, deep down inside, Stephen A. is delighted that Al Jefferson gave him an excuse to act like an over zealous, hyperbolic nut job, something he does so often and so well.

    And by the way, with 26 ansd 10, I don't think Al gave up anything.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    Steve Smith should guard Parker.

  • BrianDavis1326 Clearfield, Utah
    May 8, 2012 4:22 a.m.

    Wow. Bucher, Smith, and Bayless. Three of my least favorite media personalities on the face of the planet. I'm so sick of sychophantic sportwriters living vicariously through the athletes they wish they would have been. Your Spurs, Skip? Were you rooting for them when they had the third-worst record in the NBA the year before they drafter Duncan? No?!?!?! Didn't think so.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 8, 2012 3:59 a.m.

    im with smith...i mean come on...you are the supposed leader...and you're telling everyone that you might not beat them...talk about lack of faith and confidence with your teammates..i know big al meant well...but still...it kinda shows he gave already...even though, numbers wise, he had a good game...its still detrimental