Dell Curry: Jefferson’s Impact Can’t Be Measured In Dollars
In anticipation of his own bobblehead night, Dell Curry joined Mac and Jim to discuss the Bobcats, his wife’s impression of the bobblehead, Bobcats trade rumors including Evan Turner and appearing in the Shooting Stars Competition at the All-Star game.
On the tanking strategy: (Picking high) can help, but the draft is so unpredictable. You saw it with the number one pick this year, Anthony Bennett, the general manager just got fired. You don’t know what kind of pros the college kids are going to be and its very difficult to win the lottery. To tank games to get into the lottery to pick a guy because it’s a strong draft, I think that’s the wrong. If you can gain playoff experience for a young team it bodes well. I’m not putting all my eggs in the lottery basket, because it’s too unpredictable and too hard to get a good pick.
On Al Jefferson playing better than ever: He’s always been this kind of player, but when you sign a big contract, it comes with a lot of accountability and Al understands that. Al’s a consummate pro, he’s a big leader and has a big voice in the locker room and on the floor. He ramped up his play when Kemba went down. That’s what leaders and superstars do. He should’ve got a little more respect as far as the All-Star game. The votes went out too early, because his January was off the charts.
On the perception of the Bobcats across the league: To get a guy to come to a team that’s not very good, that’s been
at the bottom of the league, but you know he’ll change the face of the franchise and the perception of the team. That’s why you might overpay a guy to do that. A lot of people thought they did that with Al, but I don’t think so. What’s he’s brought to the team on and off the floor, the mentality, combined with with the coaching staff, that’s something you can’t equate to dollars, because it means so much to your franchise.