Richard Jefferson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Q: I want to take you back to this summer. You had a verbal commitment with the Mavs, and then the Cavs opportunity came up. Can you just walk me through what went down? Richard Jefferson: Well, I was with Mark Cuban and Chandler Parsons in L.A. As soon as I meet them, they tell me, ‘Hey, we got two of them.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ Because they pretty much had tried to retool the whole team. They had let Tyson [Chandler] go, they let Monta [Ellis] go, so it was like, [I was] not going to re-sign there unless they actually have a team. So when they tell me they got DeAndre [Jordan] and they got Wesley [Matthews] … Right then, I pretty much verbally commit. I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m going to come back.’ We were sitting there just kind of chatting it up, and I was like, ‘Mark, I was going to have to leave.’ And he was like: ‘Richard, I wouldn’t have blamed you. I would have understood.’ I was like: ‘I’m glad, because I wanted to come back. I’m glad we got some free agents and there’s something to build on.’
Q: How did the Cavs opportunity present itself? Richard Jefferson: Once the Dallas thing with DeAndre kind of started to happen, I talked to my agent [Jeff Schwartz] and I was just like, ‘I feel uncomfortable about this.’ I was like, ‘I’m only planning on playing one or two more years, and if a year of that’s in a rebuilding year with Dallas …’ And so, he was like: ‘Well, Rich, I can call, but we should probably tell the Mavs first. And let’s see. Because I don’t want to call the Cavs and all of the sudden the Cavs call the Mavs about what’s going on and it comes back on me and it looks like I’m trying to do stuff behind their back.’ And so, we talked to Mark first and I asked him for permission, and he said, ‘That’s fine.’ And then there was some interest here [in Cleveland] and it was pretty much a no brainer.”
Q: These people that you’ve had such strong connections with in Luke and Jason are head coaches. Is that your next step? Richard Jefferson: Um, I truly don’t know. There are some other interests I have outside of basketball, and I respect the game and how much time it takes to be a head coach. I definitely respect that, and knowing Steve and all these guys, if I were to get into coaching, it would be either player development or head coaching. I really like to work with guys on a day-to-day basis, being in the gym, helping guys get better. Or trying to oversee a whole project. But we might go the Steve Kerr route. We might go the broadcast booth for 10 years, GM, back to broadcasting and then, ‘OK, I’ll take over a playoff team’ job. That might be the route I go versus going straight into coaching like Luke or J-Kidd.
Q: Your initial thoughts of David Blatt? Richard Jefferson: Aw, hilarious. Really funny. Really funny. Really funny. That’s just my initial thoughts. He’s a good coach. It’s good. The best coaches I’ve seen, that I’ve been around are people that are stern but they also have a personality to make you laugh. There’s some guys that walk in and they just know numbers and they know basketball, but their personality is s—. And then there’s some people that are great guys and you love them to death and you’d have them over your house for dinner, but you wouldn’t want them coaching your kids’ basketball league. He has a great personality, he’s funny. He’ll yell at you, and then two minutes later he’ll say something to make you laugh and make the whole group laugh; that’s a rare combination in coaches today.
Q: And how about your college teammate Luke Walton? Richard Jefferson: The luckiest man alive? Oh, yeah, Luke. No, man [laughing], good for Luke. People look at it like, ‘Oh, he’s this, he’s that, he’s so lucky.’ I’m like, ‘Yes, he is lucky, but part of luck is preparing yourself and being a good person.’ When you look at his situation, the Lakers wanted him to come, because he took a year off [from playing] and he had been working with their D-League staff. Phil Jackson wanted him to come and help with Derek Fisher. And obviously there’s his relationship with Steve [Kerr]. So it was like, this dude took a year off and had the Lakers, the Knicks and Golden State calling him. So that just shows pretty much his character, how people respected his basketball mind and his knowledge of the game. So, as much as he is lucky, he was able to look at the situations and pick the best one and it excelled and now he is the interim head coach for the Golden State Warriors. Jesus. I told him he’s going to have to hire me.
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