Al Jefferson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him

    Sporting News "Al Jefferson leans forward in his seat, scratching his ankle. This seems to be his thinking pose, his broad shoulders covering his knees as he considers a response. The hunched back, the syrupy Mississippi accent, the sweat still glistening — Jefferson is playing his part well. They call him a..." October 21

  • Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him

    Sporting News "Al Jefferson leans forward in his seat, scratching his ankle. This seems to be his thinking pose, his broad shoulders covering his knees as he considers a response. The hunched back, the syrupy Mississippi accent, the sweat still glistening — Jefferson is playing his part well. They call him a..." October 19

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson says it's highly unlikely he'd exercise his opt out to become a free agent in July.

  • Jefferson on his Hornets future: 'I can't see myself leaving'

    Fox Sports Carolinas "It'd be relatively easy to argue that All-Pro center Al Jefferson is the most important part of the Charlotte Hornets roster. Outside of being the lone inside scoring threat, and a very good one at that, he's also an important cog in the locker room as a team leader. That's why it'd be a..." April 15

  • Hornets could shut Al Jefferson down for season

    Sporting News "The Hornets' fading chances of locking up a playoff spot could get even dimmer. Center Al Jefferson sat out the second half of the Hornets 93-74 loss to the Pacers on Friday night with a right knee injury. Head coach Steve Clifford told reporters it is “definitely” possible Jefferson won’t play..." April 04

  • Fluid drained from Al Jefferson’s knee

    Charlotte Observer "For the second time in a week center Al Jefferson had fluid drained from his left knee. Jefferson struggled physically in the second half Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks. Bismack Biyombo picked up most of Jefferson’s minutes after halftime." March 30

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    No Cody Zeller tonight. Al Jefferson will play vs. Nets but Steve Clifford said the knee will be an issue rest of season.

  • Hornets’ Al Jefferson: Test revealed no structural damage to calf

    Charlotte Observer "By his own description Thursday, Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was in “panic mode” late Wednesday night. His right calf was full of pain and he faced a magnetic resonance imaging Thursday morning that might determine the rest of his season. The test came back as well as it could have..." March 14

  • Hornets' Al Jefferson hears 'pop' in right calf

    Sporting News "Hornets center Al Jefferson could miss some time after hearing a "pop" in his right calf during Wednesday's game. This is not good news for the Hornets, who have been forced to deal with injuries all season. The Hornets just got point guard Kemba Walker back in the lineup after he missed over..." March 12

  • Al Jefferson returns after 9-game absence due to injury

    SB Nation "Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson will be back on the court Monday after missing the team's previous nine games with a groin strain, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Jefferson was expected to be out until Charlotte's game Wednesday against the Heat, but was cleared by the..." January 19

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    Charlotte Hornets @hornets

    INJURY UPDATE: Big Al Jefferson will be active in today's #MINvsCHA game - will be the first time Big Al comes off the bench in 7 years.

  • Hornets center Al Jefferson out 4 weeks with groin strain

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson will miss at least the next four weeks of games after being diagnosed Tuesday with a strain of an adductor muscle in his left groin. The Hornets announced the diagnosis about 10:30 Tuesday night, but team officials had been preparing for Jefferson to have a..." January 01

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    Charlotte Hornets @hornets

    INJURY UPDATE: Al Jefferson will be out at least until Saturday's game against Orlando due to a groin strain.

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Al Jefferson will play tonight for the @hornets despite the strained left groin. #ORLvsCHA

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    Stephanie Ready @StephanieReady

    Hornets Injury Report vs. ORL Jefferson - Strained Left Groin – Probable Pargo - Low Back Soreness – Out Stephenson - Pelvic Strain – Out

  • Report: Hornets aggressively talking trade, willing to deal anyone besides Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 4-14 Hornets are the NBA’s most disappointing team. Last season, a plucky Bobcats team won 43 games and made a surprising run to the playoffs. Rebranded the Hornets and infused with talent, Charlotte appeared ready to take the next step. Instead, the Hornets’ once-stout defense has..." December 02

  • Al Jefferson vows to improve defense this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last season Charlotte had the sixth ranked defense in the NBA. That was in spite of Al Jefferson, not because of him. Every night teams worked hard to draw Jefferson out into pick-and-roll situations — especially at the end of games — because it was a weakness to exploit, and every night..." October 02

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Jefferson said he didn't fully anticipate Clifford's expectations on conditioning a year ago, that he's far better prepared for camp now.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    BTW: Big Al said today he's no longer in any pain from the plantar fascia injury.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson has been told no physical activity for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks of stationary bike only. After that he should be fine.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson will not play.

  • Bobcats' Jefferson 'doubtful' for Game 4 Monday

    CBS Sports "Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Monday that center Al Jefferson is doubtful to play in Game 4 vs. the Miami Heat in Charlotte. Jefferson suffered a torn plantar fascia in Game 1 of the series and hasn't been the same since. Jefferson averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebouds on 51 percen..." April 28

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Steve Clifford said with one day between games, he won't know until game time Monday about Al Jefferson's availability.

  • Bobcats' Al Jefferson will play in Game 3 against the Heat Saturday

    CBS Sports "Al Jefferson apparently felt a rip in his foot early in the Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat and left the game. At the time, it was talked about as a strain in his left plantar fascia. The Charlotte Bobcats' big man came back into the game, but his effectiveness was much lower than when he started..." April 26

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson said yesterday his foot felt like he was "walking on hot coals." Feels better today.

  • Bobcats' Jefferson plans to play in Game 2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Ahead of Charlotte’s shootaround Wednesday morning, Al Jefferson said he plans to be on the court when the Bobcats try to even their opening-round playoff series against the Heat tonight. But although the center said he feels “good,” he was still wearing a walking boot Wednesday morning after..." April 23

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down." -- Al Jefferson after treatment.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    "There are no long-term effects. Nothing that could be permanent." -- Steve Clifford on whether there's risk in playing Al Jefferson.

  • Injury shrinks Big Al Jefferson, Bobcats’ potential vs. Heat

    Charlotte Observer "Miami Unfortunately, it’s this simple. If Al Jefferson isn’t effective, the Charlotte Bobcats have no chance to beat the Miami Heat. If Jefferson ceases to be Big Al, if plantar fasciitis limits what he can do when he has the ball as well as when Miami has it, Charlotte’s season ends..." April 21

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    Charlotte Bobcats @bobcats

    Big #AlJefferson back on court for shootaround HC #SteveClifford says Jefferson a go tonight #PHXvsCHA @NBA

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    Charlotte Bobcats @bobcats

    Officially no #AlJefferson for tonight. Head Coach #SteveClifford hopes to have Big Al on Friday #BKNvsCHA @nba

  • Al Jefferson: ‘I feel like I’m letting my teammates down’

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson put up some shots in practice Tuesday after getting a shot to treat his right ankle Sunday. Hopefully both those things work toward getting him back into games, but that sounds doubtful for Wednesday night’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets. “I think..." November 20

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Clifford made it sound quite unlikely Jefferson would play against Nets, but strong chance he plays Friday versus Suns.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson did not make the trip to Chicago. Asked about his return, Steve Clifford said hopefully Wednesday, more likely Friday.

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    Al Jefferson out for Bobcats tonight due to an ankle.

  • Al Jefferson leads Bobcats to 89-83 win over Celtics

    Charlotte Observer "Al Jefferson poured in a team-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds and three steals to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 89-83 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Gerald Henderson finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Jeff Taylor added 12 points off the bench for..." November 14

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Al Jefferson will start tonight for #bobcats vs. the Hawks.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    #bobcats center Al Jefferson practiced today. Will be listed as questionable for Hawks game Monday.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Bobcats associate head coach Patrick Ewing said Al Jefferson will not play tonight.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson definitely will NOT play vs. Raptors.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Bobcats listing Al Jefferson as out again tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson might not play tonight

    Charlotte Observer "There’s a very real possibility the Charlotte Bobcats will play the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight without center Al Jefferson. Jefferson was limping and couldn’t participate in Friday-morning shootaround. Jefferson played against the Houston Rockets Wednesday after missing about three weeks with..." November 01

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    Charlotte Bobcats @bobcats

    Out tonight for the Cats is #AlJefferson (ankle)

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    I'm hearing unofficially that Al Jefferson will start tonight. Confirmation soon. #bobcats

  • Bobcats’ Al Jefferson questionable to play in Wednesday’s opener

    Charlotte Observer "While Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson is still optimistic he’ll play in Wednesday’s season opener in Houston, the team is listing him as questionable with a sprained right ankle. Jefferson was hurt early in the preseason when he stepped on the foot of Miami Heat center Chris Bosh and..." October 29

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Bobcats listing Al Jefferson as "questionable" for opener. He participated in most of practice.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    @Jonathan_Feigen Bobcats listing Al Jefferson as "questionable" for Wednesday. He expects to play, but hasn't fully practiced.

  • Al Jefferson targets season opener for return from sprained ankle

    Pro Basketball Talk "It didn’t look good at all when All Jefferson had to be helped from the floor after suffering a sprained ankle during the Bobcats’ preseason game against the Heat on Friday. A day later the severity was confirmed with Jefferson in a walking boot and targeting a return to the floor for the..." October 13

  • Bobcats' Al Jefferson suffers sprained ankle against Heat

    CBS Sports "Newly signed Bobcats center Al Jefferson had to be carried off the floor Friday night in a preseason game against the Heat with an apparent leg injury. The Bobcats later announced Jefferson suffered a sprained right ankle though initial reports from the game said it appeared to be a knee injury." October 12

  • Bobcats assistant Patrick Ewing has center Al Jefferson’s ear

    Charlotte Observer "Patrick Ewing cringes at the perception he’s “just” a big-man coach. No one enjoys being pigeon-holed but Ewing is an accomplished big-man coach. He tutored Yao Ming in Houston and Dwight Howard in Orlando. And he played 17 NBA seasons averaging 21 points 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Ewing..." October 06