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Sean Deveney On Why Big Al Doesn’t Belong In MVP Discussion

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Sean Deveney, from the Sporting News, joins Mac and Jim to discuss the Bobcats playoff push, Coach Clifford, and his opinion that Al Jefferson doesn’t belong in any MVP discussion.

On the best case scenario for the Bobcats in the plaoffs: Toronto is certainly the preferred matchup. They’re in the same boat as Charlotte. They have a lot of guys that don’t have playoff experience and are going through this for the first time. You have to give them at least a 50/50 chance in a series against Toronto.

On the Pacers: I keep thinking they have to get it together before the playoffs start and it’s going to happen, but now we’re a week away from the postseason. I just don’t know whats wrong with the Pacers and how badly that’s going to carry into the postseason.

On Al Jefferson for MVP: I’ve voted for MVP for fifteen years and I don’t buy the logic that if you take this guy off, how [good] would this team be. That’s not to me how you vote. Most Valuable means How good is the guy? Is the guy a great player or not? You could make the case that he’s top ten. I would have him somewhere around fifteen or sixteen.

On Coach Clifford: When you talked to general managers and coaches over the last two or three years and asked them who would be a good coach one day, his name would always come up…. He’s come in and gotten them to play playoff-caliber defense night in and night out and it’s not like they added a Ben Wallace or Defensive Player of the Year.

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