Al Jefferson says one of the reasons he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason is to improve on defense under the guidance of Patrick Ewing.

“I knew about what Patrick Ewing did for Dwight Howard – a major impact. I knew that working with him was my chance to bring my defensive game to another level,’’ said Jefferson, whose defense has been frequently criticized over a nine-season career.

“Pat said that for me to get the respect I deserve, I have to pick my defense up. And I have the tools to do it. He can have that impact on me.”

Ewing has also developed the ability to coach players throughout the team's roster.