Richard Jefferson Retires After 2016 NBA Finals: Details, Comments and Reaction

June 19th, 2016 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

Richard Jefferson ended his NBA career with a championship.

Jefferson helped the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday with two points, nine rebounds and a steal. He then said on Fox Sports Ohio (via Keith Britton of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland), “I am retiring.” 

Michael Grange of Sportsnet shared some more of Jefferson’s reaction:

Fox Sports Ohio passed along the extended version of his interview, in which he even discussed his plans to write essays during his spare time in retirement:

Jefferson was solid for Cleveland in seven games against the 73-win Warriors, averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per night behind 51.6 percent shooting from the field. He primarily came off the bench as part of the second unit, but he started Game 3 when Kevin Love couldn’t play because of a concussion and nearly tallied a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds in a 120-90 win.

The 35-year-old will get to do what many dream of and go out on top after his performance.< ...

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