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Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
Position: F
Born: 06/21/80
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Salary: $1,499,187
“They’re a good team, they play hard,” Frye said after scoring 14 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 109-103 victory over the Orlando Magic, the team that essentially salary-dumped him in a trade last month. “I’ve got a lot of respect for them.” Jefferson, his Cavs teammate, quickly made Frye uncomfortable. “You’re so politically correct!” Jefferson said. “Be honest, what did you say when you walked in here? In the locker room, what’d you say?” “I said, ‘Good game guys’ and ‘On to the next one,’ ” Frye said, still trying to not make a headline.
Jefferson is in a similar category. His DNP-CD against the Warriors did not sit well with a number of the veterans in the locker room, according to multiple team sources. Things that get overlooked in wins aren’t so easily dismissed in losses. This is Exhibit A. Blatt might soon have to decide on either J.R. Smith or Jefferson for one rotation spot, one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said recently. Blatt trusts Smith and has spoken highly of him for a year now. It’s hard to envision him leaving Smith out of any rotations.
James’ response to Love’s benching was crucial. After all, at shootaround Friday Love said, “In a lot of ways before you can lead a game, you’ve got to learn to follow. If there’s going to be anyone in the league you’re going to do that with it’s going to be LeBron.” James was diplomatic. He credited Love for how he played when he was in there. He credited Blatt for having a “good feel for the game” in his substitution patterns. And he credited the Cavs’ fourth-quarter lineup that had him paired with J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and Richard Jefferson for virtually the entire period for finishing the job.
“He wants to win,” Richard Jefferson told of Love’s latest sacrifice. “I think all of the talk about him going other places and this and that, he knew this gave him his best opportunity to win and win now. That’s another indication of who he is as a person and player. For him to let guys ride — obviously as a competitor you want to be in there — but winning is most important. Winning is more important than numbers and winning is more important than anything. He’s a good basketball mind and if he sees guys playing well he’s going to try to ride that.”