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Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
Position: -
Born: 06/21/80
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Earnings: $116,883,643 ($136,737,762*)
Richard Jefferson: So I’m sitting on the team plane, and I’m legitimately about to get emotional. This isn’t even Game 7. Listen, this isn’t even the NBA Finals. This is Toronto. This is still the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m a 36-year-old grown-ass man, and I’m about to start crying on the plane coming back from Game 4. That’s how bad I want it. I want it so, so, so, so bad. The series is 2–2, the plane is taking off, and my mind is spiraling out of control. I’m like, “We cannot lose in Cleveland. If we go back to Toronto down 3–2, it’s over. I can’t go through this again. I can’t get this close again and not hold that trophy in my arms. I literally cannot handle it.” It meant so damn much to me. It’s funny, because to this day, people will be like, “Man, that Cavs run must have been so much fun.” And I’ll tell them straight up, “Hell no it wasn’t fun.”
Richard Jefferson: There wasn’t a single second of it that was fun. It was misery until the moment the buzzer went off in Game 7. Even after we took down Toronto and made it to the Finals, I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, I was out of my mind. I’m telling you, the gear you have to hit to win an NBA title is not human. I did not believe for a single second that we were going to win. Not when we were down 0–1. Definitely not when we were down 0–2. Definitely, definitely, definitely not when we were down 1–3. We were dead. It was over.
Richard Jefferson: I know that I’m biased as hell, but for me, that 4th quarter had three of the greatest plays in NBA Finals history. I was sitting five feet from the hoop when LeBron blocked Iggy. I have played thousands of games of basketball in my life, and I have never seen anything close to that on a court. It’s impossible. I saw the fast-break developing in real time, and I said, “They’re gone. F***. We’re down.” I’m watching Iggy go up for the layup, and then I just see this black blur. It was like Superman swooping down in the movies. I’m dead serious. It was just a blur. I’ve seen crazy things on an NBA court. All kinds of freakish athleticism. But I’ve never seen anything like that. Lebron broke the laws of physics. I was actually on the floor for Kyrie’s dagger three-pointer with a minute left, and that was one of the only times in my career that I felt like I was a fan watching on TV. I’m standing in the corner, and I see him do the quick hesi, and I’m like … He’s gonna … … wait, is he gonna? … Oh f*** he’s really gonna. … Oh f*** that went in!!!!!!! That was one of the gutsiest shots I’ve ever seen, on that stage, in that moment. And then you have Kevin Love. Kevin Love, man.
Well, you turned out to be right. You guys made the Finals the first two years of your career. What sticks out to you about that? For a lot of rookies, that is certainly not the case. Richard Jefferson: “I think what sticks out to me most is the teamwork. I just saw a stat the other day — now that I’m in broadcasting everyone wants to use highlights and numbers — but we were the first team ever to make it to the Finals without someone averaging 15 points a game in the season. We had seven guys average between nine-to-14 points. We would have on a given night anywhere from seven-to-eight guys in double figures. It was just a purely team effort. I saw how a locker room, and how important everyone is, from top to bottom to do their job. It was a lot of valuable lessons for me my first couple of years.”
You also got to play on the Warriors team when they had Mark Jackson and a younger Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Did you see this young core back then evolving into this? Richard Jefferson: “I wouldn’t say that I saw them evolving into this. A lot of things went right for this to happen. If you would’ve told me those guys with Klay, Steph, and Draymond, that they’d win a championship in three-to-five years, I wouldn’t have batted my eye at that. Right? Their best players all work hard they’re professionals, they take care of their body and have been around the block. Their families come from — Klay and Steph — both their dads had played in the NBA, and they were really just good dudes. Now, obviously the dynasty and the way they’ve done it, that’s a different story.”