For the first time in nearly two decades, an NBS season will start without Richard Jefferson wearing a jersey.
Jefferson—who played 17 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016—announced Saturday that he has decided to “move on from basketball” in an Instagram post that largely served as a dedication to his father, who died last month.
“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,” Jefferson wrote. “The support of my family and friends have been huge.”
The 38-year-old averaged 8.2 minutes per game in 20 appearances with the Denver Nuggets last season and has also played for the Nets, Bucks, Spurs, Warriors, Jazz and Mavericks.
Before his announcement Saturday, the younger Jefferson had started to pursue a post-playing career in broadcast journalism, appearing on ESPN and other networks.
Sounds like he will have plenty of stories to draw from.
Source: NBC Sports