Richard Jefferson Considering Retirement
Even as the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their come-from-behind victory in the NBA Final, Richard Jefferson revealed that he is retiring. But, he seemed to backtrack on his announcement later.
The Cleveland forward completed his first season with the Cavaliers and the 15th season of his career in the NBA. He reportedly said he is retiring during the celebration. However, in a later interview, he said that his teammates were trying to talk him out of it. He said it was the most stressful month in his entire life and he does not know what will happen in the future.
Jefferson also said that he may retire in a later interview, but he added that it remains uncertain for the moment. After Cleveland won Game 7 of the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors, Richard Jefferson heaped praises on LeBron James. He said that he owes his whole basketball career to the most valuable player of the NBA Finals.
He said that he owed a lot to James, who said he will carry everyone and give them the championship. He added that he owed everything to James, including every shot play they made. Jefferson had two points in the last game of the NBA Finals. He reached the NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets twice and lost both times. The Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and to the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
This is the first time he reached the NBA Finals since 2003. He averaged 13.3 points throughout his entire career. His best output was in the 2007-2008 season with the Nets where he averaged 22.6 points in each game.
Richard Jefferson averaged 5.5 points per game in the regular season for the Cavs this season. He also averaged 5.4 points in the postseason.