Richard Jefferson not ready to retire from the NBA yet
Richard Jefferson may be 38-years-old, but he doesn’t want his basketball career to end yet. He’s still hoping to play again this season. Jefferson spoke with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post about his quest to play another season. Jefferson said:
“I’m a basketball player until I am not a basketball player. My goal is to play basketball this season.”
It’s hard for guys to give it up. Jefferson is no different. Some players want to walk off into the sunset after they win a championship, but even the Cavaliers’ title in 2016 didn’t stop Jefferson from wanting to come back.
Jefferson only appeared in 20 games for the Denver Nuggets last season and he played sparingly in those games. But none of this is deterring Jefferson from his ultimate goal: to continue to play.
It’s easy to forget just how good Jefferson was in his prime. During his seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Jefferson averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. He was a crucial element of the New Jersey Nets teams that went to two straight NBA Finals. New Jersey never could get over the hump so Jefferson was forced to wait until 2016 to raise the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
With training camp fast approaching, it’s unclear whether or not there is much interest in Jefferson around the league. Teams aren’t usually looking for 38-year-old swingmen, but perhaps there is a fit for Jefferson out there. A young team looking for a veteran presence on the bench could come calling and help the veteran continue to be a basketball player.