NBA veteran Richard Jefferson reportedly has decided to retire following the 2015-2016 season, after winning the NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the finals, 4:3, becoming the first team in the finals to come back and win the championship being down 3:1. This was the first pro sports title Cleveland won since 1964.
Jefferson was one of the key role players for the Cavs during their playoff run. During Cleveland’s run for the NBA title, he played in 21 games (started 2), averaging 5.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg in 18.1 mpg.
Jefferson told Fox Sports Ohio after Game 7 of the NBA Finals that he is retiring, after 15 seasons in the NBA.
“”Over the course of my career, I’ve made tons of mistakes. So the last 3-4 years of my career, I just locked in and told myself that I don’t know how much I have left, so I’ll be in the best shape. Whatever, if they play me or not, I am going to show up to the gym and work…,” Jefferson said.
“…and this was all held together with duct tape,” he added.
Jefferson was the No. 13 pick in the 2001 NBA draft. He spent his first seven seasons with New Jersey, and also played for San Antonio, Milwaukee, Utah, Golden State and Dallas before coming to Cleveland.
Richard Jefferson played in 1082 NBA regular season games (started in 796), averaging career 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg in 30.1 mpg. He averaged career high 22.6 ppg for the New Jersey Nets in 2007-08.
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