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Video: Lakers star LeBron James and Richard Jefferson chop it up before tip off

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Richard Jefferson played a huge role in helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA championship in 2016, together with now-Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, providing them with quality bench minutes throughout the year.

Now, Jefferson is an analyst for the Brooklyn Nets, and before the Nets played the Lakers on Monday night, LeBron James made sure to head over to the scorer’s table to say hi to Jefferson and the rest of Brooklyn’s broadcasting crew.

Jefferson played 17 years in the NBA, spending two seasons with the Cavaliers.

During that 2015-16 championship campaign, Richard Jefferson played in 74 games and averaged 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds over 17.9 minutes a night while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent from three-point range, and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line.

In those 2016 playoffs, Jefferson made 52.4 percent of his shots and 39.3 percent of his triples.

Richard Jefferson, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Arizona, was originally selected by the Nets in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft.

He spent the first seven years of his career with the Nets, enjoying two seasons in which he averaged over 22 points per game.

Jefferson was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played all of one year before signing with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent during the summer of 2009.

After a short tenure with the Spurs, Jefferson then bounced around between the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks before finally making his way to Cleveland and teaming up with LeBron James.

He ended his career with the Denver Nuggets last season.

Jefferson owned lifetime averages of 12.6 points and four rebounds per game.