When asked what he did over the All-Star break, Jazz forward Al Jefferson said, “I got a little rest — had a chance to sleep in and didn’t have to worry about getting up early.’’

But he did a lot more than that.

Jefferson is from Prentiss, Miss., and while he was in his home state over the weekend, he visited Hattiesburg, which received the brunt of the tornado last week.

“I didn’t realize how bad the tornado was,’’ Jefferson said. “I went down there and looked at the neighborhood that it hit and it really touched my heart. I walked down there where people lost a lot and I had to do what I had to do and help somebody that really needed it.’’

Jefferson said he was really impressed about the way the afflicted families handled the devastation.

“Something like that happens . . . you walk in the living room and the whole wall is gone and they had the best attitude you can have,’’ he said. “They were more thankful and happy that nobody got hurt and nobody got killed. I would have been devastated if I’d have lost everything, but they had a great attitude about it. That type of attitude warmed me up to the point about how there’s bigger things in life.’’