Utah Jazz basketball: Big Al Jefferson knows he's key to team's defense, failures or fortunes

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  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 23, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Big Al apparently has been teaching Derrick and Enes some of his post moves.

    Maybe they should return the favor and teach Big Al how to play some D.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Oct. 22, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    @King Black
    Big Al is usually near the basket...I said at the rim. Anyway, It's good that he is working on his foot speed so that he can perhaps get in the way of a defender in time to make a defensive stop. I just have to see it first. Big Al is an offensive-minded power forward who plays center. I'd rather Favors played center for the Jazz, because he is a defensive-minded presence that all in the league would have to respect because of his determination and his natural hops, among other things.

  • King Black Paso Robles, CA
    Oct. 22, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    its crazy you say that given that Big Al does block shots near the basket I have no clue where you get that from. Given that Al was 12th in the league in blocks a game last year and 9th the year before that tells me he does at least attempt to. Al does take plays off he just was not fast enough to be able to get into position to defend which is why he has worked on his defensive speed for better reaction on defense.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    We will believe it when we actually see it. Boozer had some great pledges too and nothing every changed.

    The biggest contribution Al could make to our defense would be to volunteer to sit on the bench.

    Every single team in the NBA has gotten the memo...to beat the Jazz just run high pick and rolls that involve Al.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    If Al is key tour defense, we are in trouble. Al takes off plays quite often.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Oct. 22, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    Uh-huh. You'll have to show us, Big Al. So far, watching you play since you came to Utah, you are much like Carlos Boozer was. Neither of you put your body between the offensive guy and the basket and neither of you have the quick leaping ability to block shots near the rim. I think both of you would foul out by half time if you attempted to play really good defense. But Carlos isn't here, you are, and I guess we'll see.