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Jalen Rose Shouts Out Big Al For All-NBA Honors

10 April 2014 - 12:30 AM

I was watching the halftime show of the Thunder-Clippers game and Jalen and Bill Simmons were discussing seeding and how we jumped into the 6th seed after the win tonight and both of them started talking about Big Al "feasting" down in the paint. Then, as the segment was ending, Jalen shouted, "Thanks for the bucket of paint Big Al! Big Al for All-NBA!" Hopefully someone has it DVR'd somewhere to share it here... Pretty awesome and I hope the league takes notice when it's time.

ABOVE .500!

05 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

I'm on my phone, so giving pie is difficult, but this accomplishment also deserved its own thread, lol.

Paul Pierce on Al Jefferson: “No one on the planet can guard him.” (And Bonus Big Al MV...

27 March 2014 - 08:21 AM



Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker come up big in Bobcats’ OT win
Posted: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014
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    PHOTOS BY Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Kemba Walker drives to the basket against Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche for two of his 20 points during Charlotte’s victory Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. With the win, the Bobcats are 12-7 since the All-Star break.

The way the Brooklyn Nets passed and shot through four quarters Wednesday, you wondered how they ever have an empty possession.

The way the Nets shot during overtime, you wondered how they ever got to 100.

The Charlotte Bobcats extinguished the Nets over the extra five minutes, holding them to 2-of-9 shooting, for a 116-111 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The win made the Bobcats 35-37. They are solidly in seventh place in the East after this victory and closed to 1 1/2 games behind the sixth-place Washington Wizards, who lost Wednesday to the Phoenix Suns.

“We made a step tonight the way we locked in on defense,” said center Al Jefferson, who finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds. “This was about getting stops – we’ve got to have that effort every night at the defensive end.”

The finishing touch on this game came from a somewhat unexpected player. Chris Douglas-Roberts grabbed in the ball after Nets center Mason Plumlee blocked Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts’ 3-foot shot.

Douglas-Roberts nailed a 21-foot jump shot for a five-point lead with 10 seconds left – ball game.

Douglas-Roberts got almost 27 minutes Wednesday, in part because the Bobcats are shutting down Gary Neal until his ankle and knee injuries improve. Coach Steve Clifford said the beauty of Douglas-Roberts is he’s the same reliable guy whether he’s playing six minutes or 24 on a given night.

(CONTINUED - Paul Pierce's quote is at the end of the article)



I also forgot to post this last week:





To most players currently collecting NBA paychecks that name evokes memories of one of the game’s all-time greats, but a face many of the league’s young stars might not recognize. That’s not the case for Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, captain old school himself, who fashions his pristine low-post game after the great Moses, who put on big man clinics on a nightly basis during a career that included his ABA days and his time in the NBA.

Jefferson is bringing old school back today on the KIA Race to the MVP Ladder. The Bobcats big man joins the party this week at No. 9, and truth be told has been knocking on the door for weeks now. Not only is he leading the Bobcats’ march to the playoffs, he’s doing it with a style that has been lost among today’s generation of big men who prefer stretching their shooting range out beyond the 3-point line rather than mastering a two or three pet moves around the basket.


Which links to this:



A Quiet Force, 'Big Al' Being Heard Now

March 21 -- You don't have to be a connoisseur of the classics to appreciate what Al Jefferson is doing for the Charlotte Bobcats.

It probably helps to have a keen appreciation of the past when watching Jefferson work in the low post, though. And if you have working knowledge of Hall of Famer Moses Malone and the way he schooled opposing big men for years in the ABA and NBA, getting a handle on Jefferson's game will be much easier.

Jefferson admits to patterning his game after the great Malone, whose work around the basket earned him legendary status -- he won a title in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers, was named Finals MVP, was a three-time league MVP, a 12-time All-Star, an eight-time All-NBA pick, a six-time rebounding champ and was one of the 50 greatest players of all-time -- during his 21 season of pro ball.

While he won't be able to match the career feats of Malone (what big man could?), it's noble of Jefferson to model his game after Moses ... especially during an era when big men are drifting from the paint to show off their shooting touch in the era of "stretch 4s

Jefferson has averaged 24.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg since the All-Star break. The opposing big men getting worked by "Big Al" can thank Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers for the education.

Rivers turned Jefferson on to Malone during Big Al's rookie season in Boston when Rivers was coach there. He asked Jefferson if he remembered Malone's game, having noticed the similarities. He showed up two days later with a DVD for Jefferson and told him to go home and study it. The rest is history.


Big Al Needs His Own Beats Commercial

26 March 2014 - 08:39 PM

Just so heeeee cannn telll everrrrrybodday, yes, he can telll everrrryboday, go ahead and telll everrrrrybodaaaaay, he's the man, he's the man, he's the man.




Panthers.com - Three Awesome Mocks

26 March 2014 - 04:26 PM


Mocking the Panthers 4.0

Posted 2 hours ago

strickland_bryan_headshot.jpg Bryan Strickland Senior Writer


To date, "Mocking the Panthers" has focused on the first round of the draft – and for good reason. The first round is the most important of the draft, and it goes without saying that every mock draft includes the first round.

Some mockers, however, have taken things a step further, delving into the second round.

While the Panthers favor a best-available-player approach to the draft, mock drafts almost universally make picks based on a combination of draft grades and team needs. So it's no surprise that most two-round mocks feature some combination of tackle and wide receiver for the Panthers.

Here's a look at a few.

Matthew Fairborn, SBNation.com
Virginia T Morgan Moses and Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief

"Offensive tackle and wide receiver are the two most obvious needs for the Panthers entering the 2014 NFL Draft," Fairborn writes. "They attempt to fill one in the first round, and the other in the second round."

While Moses has steadily moved into the realm of first-round consideration, Moncrief is among the lesser known of the dozen or so receivers that draft forecasters believe could be selected in the first two rounds. The 6-2, 221-pounder possesses a rare combination of size and speed along with trustworthy hands. Other second-round receivers popular among prognosticators as Panthers' picks include Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt and Paul Richardson of Colorado.

Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks and Tennessee T Ju'Wuan James

With Cooks currently the most popular first-round choice for the Panthers among mockers, a look into the second round brings (mostly) new names into the discussion. Campbell points out that the 6-6, 311-pound James "moves well for his size and has the strength to open holes in the ground game." James has plenty of experience, with 49 starts, though they all came at right tackle.

The retirement of tackle Jordan Gross leaves a hole on the left side, one that general manager Dave Gettleman said at this week's NFL Annual Meeting could possibly be filled by right tackle

Byron Bellicon-article-link.gif. The WalterFootball.com staff's latest mock draft raises another interesting possibility: Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjia in the second round.

Both Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN.com and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com have Kouandjia as Carolina's first-round pick, but could he make it to the second round? It might be a stretch – much like Matthew Mocal of DraftBreakdown.com now forecasting Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan to fall to the Panthers at No. 28 overall – but who knows?
...(click LINK for rest of article and last mock)..
Obviously, I think Mr. Strickland picked the ones that worked out best for us, but I wouldn't be mad at any of those first two round scenarios.  I've let it be known, I'm not a fan of Benjamin, but if it happens, I would certainly hope for the best.  I REALLY like the first two mocks here though.  To me, those could potentially be the best two scenarios out there.

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