Former NBA player, Richard Jefferson, has officially hung up his sneakers and called quits on his professional career.
The NBA veteran announced his retirement through his new Instagram account where he honored his late father, who recently passed away from a drive-by shooting in Compton, CA. Jefferson called these last few month’s “two life changing events back to back. My decision to move on from basketball and the tragic passing of Big Rich” in his Instagram post. He then went on mentioning reminiscing memories with his father “Big Rich” about the family barbeques they would hold once a summer.
The ex-Wildcat played three seasons under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson from 1998 to 2001. In his Wildcat career, he averaged 11.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game while ending his college career by reaching the NCAA National Championship game; which Duke ended up winning by the help of Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy Jr. Later that year, Jefferson was drafted as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft with the New Jersey Nets. In 2012, he was elected in the Pac- 12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
Jefferson won a bronze medal in 2004 Athens Olympics with Team USA. In 2016, he helped NBA star’s Lebron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland’s first NBA title after being down 3-1 in the series against the Golden State Warriors. The NBA champion ended his NBA career with 12.6 points, four rebounds, and 2 assists a game. He played for multiple teams including Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Denver Nuggets. His best performance was evident when he was with the New Jersey Nets in 2001-2008 where he averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Jefferson was recently named eighth best Nets player ever.