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Last thoughts on Al Jefferson trade and a welcome and goodbye

July 14, 2010
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Well…I still don’t see how this gets us past the Lakers, especially if AJ plays the 5. We’d be starting a 6’10” C alongside a 6’6/7″ PF? It seems to me we are right back where we started.

To steal Yucca Man‘s words:

And [Boozer]’s gone so we can get Al Jefferson. Boozer 2.0 — a couple minor “improvements” but no major flaws addressed, and a couple nice things about version 1.0 no longer available.

You know, I just 3 days last week celebrating Boozer’s departure…And now he’s back. Sure the packaging’s different, but still. 3 days of jubilation all for naught.

I was looking forward to Deron and a bunch of blue-collar tough guys show the world that it can be done.

The last part is exactly how I feel. I wanted to see Deron running with a scrappy pack of guys with chips on their shoulders that take it strong to the hole rather than resorting to a fadeaway jumper if someone happens to be in the way, who dive for loose balls, who get the ball instead of yelling at their teammates to get the ball. Anyway…

I am now done with the ranting and raving. From this point on, Al Jefferson is a Jazzman, and I welcome him with open arms. Al, please show good faith effort on defense, and I will cheer for you all season long.

P.S. This makes me sad:

News just broke that the Koof is also gone. Good luck Kosta in Minnesota. You have four wins against the Jazz to look forward to every year. RIP #boombitches

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  1. July 14, 2010 8:53 am

    I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, but somewhere on the drive home tonight I turned on my ‘partially blind’ optimism switch and said:

    ‘You know what, this guy is 25 years old and has only ever seen one winning season – as a rookie playing 6 minutes a game. He’s never played within a meaningful coaching structure or with substantial teammates while playing significant minutes.’

    ‘Sloan can do this. It may not happen right away, but I think Sloan can bring some defense out of him and Williams can push him to play with intensity. It may not be an immediate upgrade, but let’s give it a go.’

    If I’m wrong, I give you guys full permission to give me an endless hard time about it. ;)

    I am bummed to hear about Kouf though.

    And Korver.

    • July 16, 2010 7:47 am

      I am now drinking the koolaid. Between Raja Bell’s leadership and Jerry Sloan’s coaching, I believe Al Jefferson will be way better than I initially thought. PFs flourish under Sloan. Is it November yet? :)

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