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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.
The Mavs would welcome back Richard Jefferson. All he has to do is agree to play for the veteran’s minimum again. The professionalism of Jefferson, a 14-year veteran far removed from his days as an offensive focal point, was appreciated during a season in which his minutes fluctuated. The Mavs also value Jefferson’s perimeter shooting ability. And coach Rick Carlisle repeatedly praised Jefferson for playing with as much “force” as any player on the roster.
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You ever see a fashion item that you just NEEDED TO HAVE??? NBA star Richard Jefferson did — a Vans cheetah-print snapback baseball hat … and he paid $700 to buy it off some random dude’s head!!! RJ was at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in Scottsdale, AZ Saturday night — when a dude named Andrew walked in with the cheetah cap. Andrew tells TMZ Sports … the Dallas Mavs star beelined it over his way with cash in hand … and started making offers for the dome piece. Andrew declined at first … but ultimately gave in for a handful of $100 bills — 7 in total. So, why was Jefferson so obsessed with the hat? Andrew says RJ actually purchased the lid for teammate Chandler Parsons … who was also eyeing the cap that night. The best part of the story — Andrew says he originally bought the hat for $25.
It’s like a real-life version of “The Wire” … NBA star Richard Jefferson says he was taken for $2 MILLION … and played a key role in a covert FBI operation to catch the (alleged) bad guy and recover his cash. It’s all part of new legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports … in which the 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward claims his former business manager Ted Kritza drew $2 million from Richard’s bank credit line without permission.
Yes, that really was 34-year-old Richard Jefferson rising from the dotted line and throwing down a vicious tomahawk slam over 21-year old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The dunk was so stunning and so sweet that players on the Charlotte Hornets’ bench were falling over each other in shocked awe. “It was sick!” said Dirk Nowitzki, whose All-Star alley-oop is no longer the most surprising dunk of the Dallas Mavericks season, although players swear the 14-year veteran Jefferson has dunked like that in practice.
Richard Jefferson: “I have no plans. I’m going to a wedding in Phoenix and coming back here. My house is under construction in L.A., so I can’t go there. So I’m just going to lay low and get ready for the final stretch of the season. I know, it’s disappointing.” Dwight Powell: “I’m going to L.A. My girlfriend lives out there. I’ll go for the weekend.” Mark Cuban: “I’ll be up there [in New York] for a technology conference. Take the kids up there and hang out. The kids want to see snow. You’ve got to let your kids make their mistakes while they’re growing up.”
Carlisle, who will become the 27th coach in NBA history to coach at least 1,000 games, received some measure of respect from forward Richard Jefferson on his major accomplishment. “It is huge, especially when you see coaches coming from college, the coaching carousel,” Jefferson said. “And to tell you the truth, he’s a fairly young coach to reach that number.
Fresh off his 12th All-Star season, the German forward was kind enough to take a pay cut close to $15 million in free agency that opened up room for Dallas to sign Parsons, who’s slated to make $14.7 million this year. Nowitzki’s is actually the biggest salary slash of all players in the NBA this season ahead of the ones Danny Granger and Pau Gasol took in Miami and Chicago, respectively. Fellow Mavericks Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva also appear among the Top 16 in the pay cut ranking.
Jefferson grew up in a working class family in the Phoenix area, with his mother, stepfather and two other brothers. Coming from a humble background, he admits he wasn’t ready for the instant economic change that comes with that first NBA contract. “You don’t understand how quickly it’s going to come. You don’t understand the management of it. It’s really monopoly money when you go from getting a $500 (monthly) stipend in college to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said. “No one is prepared.”
But Jefferson, a 13-year veteran in the NBA, admitted he would like to play for a playoffs-bound team, considering he may not have a lot of years left to play in the league. “When you get to be almost 34 years old, you do want to play in the playoffs,” he said. “If that opportunity doesn’t present itself, then being here in Utah with a great group of guys and a quality coaching staff and the amazing fans … that would be something that would be high on my list.’’
Jefferson understands that history was made Sunday night in Los Angeles. And even though Collins may have friends in higher places now due to his historic announcement last spring, Jefferson still sees Collins as his silly brother who knows how to win and will do all the little things to again help the Nets win. “I think everyone knew there was going to be a gay athlete,” Jefferson said. “Even with [Missouri football player] Michael Sam, it was just only a matter of time. Every sport has had one, every sport most likely has one currently playing. … But it takes a lot of courage to come out [like Collins did].” Added Jefferson: “I don’t care what it is that you do. I don’t care who it is that you are with, I don’t care how it is that you dress, I don’t care what it is that you drink. I don’t care what it is what you and your wife do in your bedroom. At the end of the day, you are going to have to win games. “And Jason Collins will help you win games. That is all that matters.”