Richard Jefferson admits he was ring-chasing with Cleveland
Here is a real bombshell that none of us already knew: Richard Jefferson was ring-chasing during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers!
Notice the complete absence of gasps following that statement.
As if any of us actually need any confirmation, Jefferson admitted in an article he wrote on The Players’ Tribune that he was going after championships during his two-year stint with the Cavaliers:
“Of all places for a last ride … Cleveland,” wrote Jefferson. “People say, ‘Oh Richard, you were ring chasing.’ And I say, ‘Hell yes I was ring chasing.’ I played all this basketball, and I put in all this work, and I had all these crazy memories, but I didn’t have the most important thing in the world, man. I didn’t have that ring.”
Jefferson actually played a rather significant role during the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016.
During the regular season, he played in 74 games, averaging 5.5 points over 17.9 minutes per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Then, in the playoffs, Jefferson registered 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds across 18.1 minutes a night, making 52.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 39.3 percent of his three-point tries and 75.0 percent of his foul shots.
The 38-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Arizona, was originally selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft. However, he was immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he played the first seven years of his career.