I was reading the Deseret News this morning, (yes, I still read the newspaper) and scanned through the article about the Jazz's Nightmare in New York. I was casually reading, when I came across this quote from Al Jefferson:
"We didn't play like we were trying to make the playoffs," Jefferson said. "We came on this trip to take care of business. We (are) not here to have fun. We (are) not here to enjoy the nightlife. We (are) not here to get away from Utah. We (are) here to take care of business, and we didn't play like that tonight."
At first glance, this seems like a fine quote. Al hasn't given up on the season, and is upset at the loss. However, this part caught my attention:
"We (are) not here to get away from Utah."
I know that if you aren't born and raised there, Salt Lake City isn't as appealing as, say, New York or Miami. However, do you all remember when Big Al was tearing up and nearly peeing his pants because he was so excited to come play for the Jazz? Different times indeed. I've really grown fond of Al, and it makes me just a little bit sad to hear that he apparently wants to "get away from Utah."
Am I reading too much into this? Maybe, maybe not. Even if Big Al doesn't like Utah much, he doesn't seem to be quitting on us as far as his game goes. Will he? That remains to be seen. Thoughts?