A well-traveled NBA career has come to an end, as Richard Jefferson announced his retirement on Saturday. Jefferson made the announcement on his Instagram account in a post where he also paid tribute to his father, Big Rich, who passed away earlier this month. The post included a video of his father following a family barbecue.
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Well here’s my first post! In the last month I’ve dealt with two life changing events back to back. My decision to move on from basketball and the tragic passing of Big Rich. The support of my family and friends have been huge. This video was taken after he bbq’d for about 20 people, something he would do a few times every summer. All I would do is tell people that I was having people over to my house and the next question was “Is Big Rich on the grill?” He really was a true OG. I’m going to miss all his one-liners, his cooking and his ability to make a whole room laugh. Until next time!!!! #RIPPLAYAPLAYA #tripleOG PAPA REALLY WAS A ROLLING STONE!!! 😂😂✊🏽
Jefferson played 17 years during his NBA tenure. He was drafted 13th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and spent seven years with the franchise — including back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals during his rookie and sophomore campaigns — averaging 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
From there, Jefferson became a bit of a journeyman, spending the final decade of his career bouncing around from team to team. He suited up for the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Denver Nuggets, with his longest stint being the two and a half years he spent as a Spur.