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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
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.”
Richard Jefferson can’t remember the specifics of the last time he saw his former University of Arizona teammate Michael Wright. But he remembers the feeling playing alongside the “big man” who was the same height as Jefferson at 6-foot-7 yet regularly went toe-to-toe with behemoths down low. “He was the toughest guy that I’ve ever played with to this day,” Jefferson told before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shootaround at Madison Square Garden on Friday morning. “Because he was a quiet guy, undersized power forward and just his work ethic and how he approached things.”