Ex-NBA slam dunk champion visits India, meets fans, holds clinics

jason-richardsonFormer NBA player and a Slam Dunk Champion Jason Richardson joined both former and current NBA players who act as ambassadors of the sport, visiting other countries.

Richardson visited New Delhi in India for a 3-day tour to promote basketball and interact with fans, according to AthletePromotions.

While he was in the country, Richardson ran a bunch of clinics for players and the coaches and was able to work with the fans to make the NBA’s premier events in India a big success. The two programs are called The Reliance Foundation Jr. program and NBA Jam powered by Jabong.

Richardson’s visit made the locals get even more excited about participating in the sport in the future, and Richardson himself was happy to meet some future talented kids.

Richardson, selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA draft, made a mark during his first season, when he won the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP and All-Rookie Team First Team honors.

Richardson played for Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia Sixers during his career.

A starter for most of his career, Richardson started 827 games out of 838 during his time in the NBA. He averaged career high 23.2 ppg for the Warriors in 2005-06. Richardson never averaged below 10.5 ppg in his career.

Former NBA Slam Dunk Champion (2002 and 2003) holds career averages of 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 34.4 minutes per game.

Richardson was forced to retire from the sport as a player due to multiple ACL injuries, but switched gears and attributed his talents towards coaching. From 2010 to 2013 he was the assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh and is currently their video coordinator.

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