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Jason Richardson
Jason Richardson
Position: G
Born: 01/20/81
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.

Jason Richardson open to re-signing with the Sixers

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Jason Richardson is open to re-signing with the 76ers this summer. The 34-year-old envisions himself in a similar role to the one he had this season. He would mentor his young teammates, be a positive influence and receive some playing time – maybe just not as the starting shooting guard. “I don’t have a problem coming back here,” said Richardson, whose contract expires in June. “I like every guy in this locker room, believe it or not. . . . And I love coach Brett [Brown]. He’s one of my favorite coaches of all time. So, yeah, I’m really open to [coming] back.”
Richardson has played in 12 games, averaging 9.4 points as he attempts to resuscitate his career after being a forgotten man. And in the chaos that is Philadelphia basketball, coach Brett Brown immediately inserted Richardson in the starting lineup. “It’s been an amazing experience and I’m enjoying it,” Richardson said. “I never lost the love [for the game] and that lets you know that I didn’t play for a paycheck. I played to play basketball. If I would have never played in an NBA game, I would have played in a YMCA somewhere. Just being around the game so long and how hard I work, and I came over so many obstacles to make it here, why stop now?”
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Richardson doesn’t want this to be his final season. He wants to continue playing, but the next three weeks will be spent trying to convince teams that he has NBA game left and will only improve once his legs get stronger and he improves his conditioning. “It depends on the situation, what team wants me. How my knee holds up. God willing, maybe two or three more years,” he said. “I have to keep telling myself [I’ll be better]. I’m my toughest critic. I can’t sleep at night when we don’t win and I play bad. I have to keep telling myself I’ve only played 10 games in two years. Hey, your legs might not be there some nights, so do something else to help this team out. “But I am having fun. It’s great being back. I’m not what I once was but I still think I can help a team. I’ve still got something left.”
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In the meantime, he can help extend his career while playing 15 or so minutes in a reserve role. Richardson would remain a Sixer if the choice was his. “I’m not that type of guy who is going to chase a championship,” he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen after this season. If I do go to a team that’s a championship contender, a title contender, I want it to mean something, not just [as] a bench player or a practice player. “I want to be out there getting meaningful minutes and playing.”
Carmelo Anthony hated Battier and he had good reason. Battier had tremendous success against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant during his career (yet oddly struggled against Jason Richardson) and at least one of his superstar opponents took offense. Battier recalled how much opponents hated going against him, whether it be due to disrespect or dread. “The looks of disdain I got from Carmelo Anthony every time,” Battier recalled. “I didn’t even try to shake his hand.”
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Richardson, a 14-year vet, said he felt like a rookie again as he moved freely, albeit a bit slower, shot confidently and strode around the court without problems. “I was excited. I didn’t even sleep [Tuesday] night,” Richardson said. “I was up and ready for practice. I just love the game of basketball. I love competing. I love the atmosphere of it, being out there with my teammates. Especially these guys, a lot of young guys who play hard. I’m just excited to come in and just play. “To finally be moving and be playing five-on-five with my teammates, it’s been a long time in coming, but it felt good to get through a whole practice.”
He’s 34 with a bad left knee. In basketball dog years that combination usually means closing in on rocking-chair time. But 76ers guard Jason Richardson, who’s been sidelined since January 2013, makes it sound like this won’t be his final season. “I still got a few years left,” said Richardson, who is in the final year of his contract. “Two years off that helps your body. That’s two years I’m not playing 90 games with the preseason games [included]. I think I have a few years left in me.”
The jumper is unlike all others in the gym. It is effortless, with perfect arc and usually a positive result. It is a weapon coach Brett Brown envisions having in his arsenal at some point. Probably not as soon as Richardson would hope, but probably some time in the not too distant future. “All of the sudden, we’ve been able to collide on defensive improvement with lots of energy and a lot of work, just on basic fundamentals and team rules, with an offense that is starting to make threes,” Brown said. “He would add to that. We’ve seen how Hollis [Thompson] helps us, what Robert Covington’s addition has meant since he’s been here. JaKarr [Sampson] has come in and made some shots, Jerami [Grant] has made some shots, K.J. [McDaniels], too. So Jason would be another one of those guys who can hit the long ball. Create some space for Michael’s [Carter-Williams] penetration. Create space for Nerlens [Noel] posting up. I see him doing what he did, incredibly well, for most of his career.”
Richardson said he is two to three weeks from practicing and is currently running on the treadmill and doing light work on the floor, including shooting drills. “It will mean a lot to come back,” Richardson said after the Sixers’ practice on Wednesday. “I thought I was done playing. I really did. But seeing my son play AAU over the summertime, seeing his love for the game, it made me get the love back for the game.