Jefferson Like ‘Proud Father’ to Kanter
(Al) Jefferson’s relationship with (Enes) Kanter, the Jazz top pick in the 2011 draft, is generally known to be that of a teasing big brother, chiding him for child-like bursts and keeping him in line as a rookie last season. But Jefferson has also emerged as a patient counselor, working with Kanter on post moves with one commonly repeated direction: “Do what I do.”
The pair worked on that baseline jump shot in the pregame warm-ups of Saturday’s game, and when the player Jefferson calls “my young fella” followed through, Jefferson said he felt like a “proud father.”
The results have been undeniable. In the preseason, Kanter is averaging 11 points and 9.5 rebounds through six games, up from 4.6 and 4.2 a year ago. Kanter gives the credit to Jefferson.
“He’s always trying to help me about anything,” Kanter said, “about basketball or life. He says, ‘If you have any problems with anything, not just basketball, you can always come talk to me.’”