Richard Jefferson

Richard Allen Jefferson (born June 21, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball with the Arizona Wildcats. Jefferson was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft with the 13th overall pick, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first season with the New Jersey Nets (now known as the Brooklyn Nets). He won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He was also a member of the United States national team that won a bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson 2017
Jefferson with Cleveland in 2017
Personal information
BornJune 21, 1980 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High schoolMoon Valley (Phoenix, Arizona)
CollegeArizona (1998–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career2001–2018
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number24, 44, 22
Career history
20012008New Jersey Nets
2008–2009Milwaukee Bucks
20092012San Antonio Spurs
20122013Golden State Warriors
2013–2014Utah Jazz
2014–2015Dallas Mavericks
20152017Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–2018Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points14,904 (12.6 ppg)
Rebounds4,720 (4.0 rpg)
Assists2,412 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Jefferson was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Phoenix. His parents were both Christian missionaries, and he moved around frequently growing up. He attended Moon Valley High School in West Phoenix, where he was an integral part of the varsity basketball team that won the 4A State Championship in 1998.[1]

College career

Jefferson played college basketball at the University of Arizona, under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson from 1998 to 2001. During his 84-game career (77 starts), Jefferson averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He capped his career by being part of the Arizona team that advanced to the 2001 national championship game where the Wildcats fell to Duke. Along the way, Jefferson was an all-Midwest Regional and all-Final Four selection.[2] He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, March 10, 2012.[3]

Professional career

New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)

Jefferson played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and was a key element of their back-to-back Eastern Conference Championship teams of 2002 and 2003. In addition, Jefferson was a member of the USA Men's Olympic basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Jefferson competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2003.

Jefferson began his career as a substitute small forward for Keith Van Horn and showed great defensive skills and all-around ability. Because of his potential, and Van Horn's conflict with power forward Kenyon Martin, the Nets traded Van Horn to the Philadelphia 76ers and trusted Jefferson as a starter. Jefferson blossomed in the role, becoming a good mid- and long-range shooter in addition to his slashing ability. On August 13, 2004, Jefferson signed a six-year, $78,000,000 contract extension with the Nets.

Jefferson missed the majority of the 2004–05 regular season after rupturing a ligament in his left wrist, an injury he claimed occurred when Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups purposely undercut him on a layup attempt during a game on December 27, 2004. Jefferson ended up missing 49 games, but returned to action for the first round of the playoffs against the Miami Heat. Prior to suffering the injury, he had missed only five games in his three NBA seasons. Jefferson had been enjoying his best professional season, averaging 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. Through the 2005–06 season, Jefferson continued to perform at a high level and established himself as one of the NBA's most versatile players. On January 21, 2007, Jefferson decided to have ankle surgery.[4] After missing around six weeks, he was back in the lineup. His absence proved to be a major setback for the struggling Nets, who surged back into playoff contention once Jefferson returned.

In August 2007, Richard Jefferson pledged $3.5 million toward the University of Arizona's then-planned basketball and volleyball practice facility, which was eventually named in his honor. UA officials believe it is the largest donation ever from a former player.[5]

He started the 2007–08 season in the best form of his NBA career. In the first 7 games, he averaged 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while also notching up 1.3 steals, 97.1% in free-throws and 49.1% in field-goals. On October 31, in a game against the Chicago Bulls, Jefferson injured his right wrist slightly, thumping his chest following a clutch three-pointer. The Nets went on to win the game in overtime. On December 4 he passed Kerry Kittles to become the Nets' second all-time leading scorer.

Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2009)

On June 26, 2008 Jefferson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.[6] He was not happy with the trade at first because he planned on being a Net until retirement. However, he later expressed enthusiasm about playing alongside Michael Redd.[7]

San Antonio Spurs (2009–2012)

Richard Jefferson Spurs
Jefferson with the Spurs in 2011

On June 23, 2009, Richard Jefferson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto.[8] On June 30, 2010 Jefferson opted out of his contract with San Antonio and became an unrestricted free agent. On July 23, 2010, Jefferson re-signed with the Spurs.

Golden State Warriors (2012–2013)

On March 15, 2012, the Golden State Warriors traded the newly acquired Stephen Jackson for Jefferson, along with a conditional first-round pick.[9]

Utah Jazz (2013–2014)

On July 5, 2013, the Warriors reportedly agreed to trade Jefferson, along with teammates Brandon Rush and Andris Biedriņš, to the Utah Jazz.[10] The trade became official on July 10.[11]

Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015)

On July 21, 2014, Jefferson signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[12]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–2017)

On August 5, 2015, Jefferson signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[13] The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 57–25 record and made it through to the 2016 NBA Finals with a 12–2 playoff record. Jefferson started Game 3 of the NBA Finals in place of the injured Kevin Love. Jefferson gave the Cavaliers a boost in 33 minutes, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, as the Cavaliers cut the Golden State Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1 with a 120–90 win.[14] Despite going down 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 loss, the Cavaliers won the series in seven games to become the first team in NBA history to win the championship after being down 3–1.

After initially considering retirement following the championship win, Jefferson re-signed with the Cavaliers on July 28, 2016,[15] reportedly on a two-year, $5 million contract.[16] The Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals in 2017, but fell short in their quest for back-to-back titles, losing in five games to the Warriors.

On October 14, 2017, Jefferson was traded, along with Kay Felder, two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the rights to Sergiy Gladyr and Dimitrios Agravanis.[17] He was immediately waived by the Hawks.[18]

Denver Nuggets (2017–2018)

On October 19, 2017, Jefferson signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.[19][20]

On October 13, 2018, Jefferson announced his retirement from professional basketball.[21]

Broadcasting career

On October 16, 2018, Jefferson joined the YES Network as the Nets' game and studio analyst.[22] He also appears as a basketball analyst on FS1, ESPN and the Pac-12 Network.[23]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 New Jersey 79 9 24.3 .457 .232 .713 3.7 1.8 .8 .6 9.4
2002–03 New Jersey 80 80 36.0 .501 .250 .743 6.4 2.5 1.0 .6 15.5
2003–04 New Jersey 82 82 38.2 .498 .364 .763 5.7 3.8 1.1 .3 18.5
2004–05 New Jersey 33 33 41.1 .422 .337 .844 7.3 4.0 1.0 .5 22.2
2005–06 New Jersey 78 78 39.2 .493 .319 .812 6.8 3.8 .8 .2 19.5
2006–07 New Jersey 55 53 35.6 .456 .359 .733 4.4 2.7 .6 .1 16.3
2007–08 New Jersey 82 82 39.0 .466 .362 .798 4.2 3.1 .9 .3 22.6
2008–09 Milwaukee 82 82 35.8 .439 .397 .805 4.6 2.4 .8 .2 19.6
2009–10 San Antonio 81 70 31.1 .467 .316 .735 4.4 2.0 .6 .5 12.3
2010–11 San Antonio 81 81 30.4 .474 .440 .750 3.8 1.3 .5 .4 11.0
2011–12 San Antonio 41 41 28.5 .414 .421 .700 3.5 1.3 .6 .3 9.2
2011–12 Golden State 22 3 26.4 .420 .418 .686 3.5 1.5 .5 .3 9.0
2012–13 Golden State 56 1 10.1 .456 .311 .717 1.5 .6 .3 .1 3.1
2013–14 Utah 82 78 27.0 .450 .409 .741 2.7 1.6 .7 .2 10.1
2014–15 Dallas 74 18 16.8 .444 .426 .684 2.5 .8 .4 .1 5.8
2015–16 Cleveland 74 5 17.9 .458 .382 .667 1.7 .8 .4 .2 5.5
2016–17 Cleveland 79 13 20.4 .446 .333 .741 2.6 1.0 .3 .1 5.7
2017–18 Denver 20 0 8.2 .444 .286 .571 .9 .8 .1 .1 1.5
Career 1181 809 29.0 .464 .376 .768 4.0 2.0 .7 .3 12.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 New Jersey 20 0 22.1 .465 .000 .550 4.6 1.3 .6 .5 7.0
2003 New Jersey 20 20 35.6 .476 .000 .718 6.4 2.4 .8 .2 14.1
2004 New Jersey 11 11 41.8 .418 .273 .713 6.3 3.8 1.3 .7 19.8
2005 New Jersey 4 1 35.0 .400 .200 .677 5.5 2.3 .8 .0 15.8
2006 New Jersey 11 11 39.7 .545 .414 .825 4.1 4.1 .9 .4 22.2
2007 New Jersey 12 12 40.8 .482 .325 .924 5.6 2.3 .8 .4 19.7
2010 San Antonio 10 10 33.4 .486 .200 .758 5.3 1.8 .6 .6 9.4
2011 San Antonio 6 6 29.3 .387 .353 .818 4.2 .8 .5 .5 6.5
2013 Golden State 7 0 5.6 .444 .667 .333 1.0 .1 .1 .1 1.9
2015 Dallas 4 2 12.8 .357 .375 1.000 .5 .3 .5 .0 3.8
2016 Cleveland 20 2 17.8 .538 .393 .750 3.3 .7 .5 .1 5.6
2017 Cleveland 14 0 12.8 .421 .263 .643 1.8 .5 .1 .2 3.9
Career 140 75 27.4 .473 .325 .731 4.3 1.7 .6 .3 10.8

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  2. ^ "ArizonaWildcats.com - University of Arizona Athletics". www.arizonawildcats.com.
  3. ^ 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
  4. ^ Eligon, John (September 13, 2017). "Nets Will Lose Jefferson for 6 Weeks" – via www.nytimes.com.
  5. ^ "Richard Jefferson Gymnasium". arizonawildcats.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Bucks acquire Richard Jefferson from New Jersey for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian". THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS.
  7. ^ "NBA.com Jefferson Says He Likes Trade to Milwaukee". www.nba.com.
  8. ^ "Spurs Obtain Richard Jefferson". Spurs.com.
  9. ^ "Spurs acquire Stephen Jackson". Associated Press. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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  11. ^ "Warriors Acquire Andre Iguodala from Denver Nuggets as Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
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  14. ^ "LeBron scores 32, Cavs wallop Warriors 120-90 in Game 3". NBA.com. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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  23. ^ https://pac-12.com/article/2018/11/09/pac-12-networks-announces-roster-air-broadcasters-and-expert-analysts-2018-19

External links

2001–02 NBA season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their third straight championship, beating the New Jersey Nets 4–0 in the 2002 NBA Finals.

2001–02 New Jersey Nets season

The 2001–02 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 35th season in the National Basketball Association, and 26th season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This season saw the Nets finishing first place in the Eastern Conference with 52 wins and 30 losses, their best record since joining the NBA after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. As of 2017, this was the only season where the Nets won 50 or more games.

In the offseason, the Nets acquired All-Star point guard Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns. Kidd was credited for most of turn-around—the Nets had finished 26–56 the previous year—and finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting, and was selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. The team also acquired rookie Richard Jefferson from the Houston Rockets.

Under Kidd's guidance, and some improvement from second-year star Kenyon Martin, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs, and ended up advancing all the way to the Eastern Conference title and the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. In the first round, they defeated the Indiana Pacers in five games, then defeated the Charlotte Hornets four games to one in the semifinals. They then defeated the 3rd-seeded Boston Celtics four games to two in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, New Jersey's season would end without an improbable NBA crown, as Kidd and the Nets were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Lakers. Following the season, Keith Van Horn was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

2004–05 New Jersey Nets season

The 2004–05 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 38th season in the National Basketball Association, and 29th season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Without Kenyon Martin, who was traded to the Denver Nuggets in the offseason, the Nets stumbled out of the gate losing 11 of their first 13 games including a nine-game losing streak, as Jason Kidd missed the first month of the season from offseason knee surgery. In December, the Nets made a move acquiring All-Star guard Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors in a trade for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, and Aaron Williams. Mourning did not report to Toronto and he was waived not long after the trade. He later signed with the Miami Heat for his second stint. By the time Carter arrived, Kidd returned from his knee surgery. Richard Jefferson spent most of the season on injured reserve due to a wrist injury. The Kidd and Carter duo-led Nets won 10 of their final 12 games to finished with a 42–40 record, winning a tie-breaker for the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Carter was selected for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, New Jersey faced the top-seeded Miami Heat, led by Shaquille O'Neal and a young Dwyane Wade. They were eliminated from the playoffs by the Heat in four straight games.

2008–09 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2008–09 Milwaukee Bucks season is the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2009–10 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2009–10 San Antonio Spurs season was the 43rd season of the franchise, 37th in San Antonio, and 34th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the First Round, before being swept by the Phoenix Suns in four games in the Semifinals.

2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2010–11 San Antonio Spurs season was the 44th season of the franchise, 38th in San Antonio and 35th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the playoffs, the Spurs lost to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the First Round, becoming the fourth number one seed in league history to lose a playoffs series against a number eight seed, following the Seattle SuperSonics in 1994, the Miami Heat in 1999, and the Dallas Mavericks in 2007.

2013–14 Utah Jazz season

The 2013–14 Utah Jazz season was the franchise’s fortieth season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and 35th season in Salt Lake City. The season ended with the Jazz finishing last in their respective division and conference, winning only twenty-five games for their worst record since the 24–58 1979–80 Jazz, who were playing the franchise’s first season in Utah. The season also concluded with the release of coach Tyrone Corbin.

2014–15 Dallas Mavericks season

The 2014–15 Dallas Mavericks season was the 35th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Mavericks finished fourth in the Southwest division and seventh in the Western conference with a 50–32 record. The Mavs' season ended with a 1–4 first round playoff series loss to the Houston Rockets.

The Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics in a mid-season trade. However, Rondo ran into problems with head coach Rick Carlisle including engaging in a shouting match with Carlisle after being benched. Rondo left the team at the end of the season.

2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 46th season of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in four games in the First Round, then swept the Atlanta Hawks in four games in the Semifinals, before finally defeating the Toronto Raptors in six games in the Conference Finals to reach the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year. There, the Cavaliers faced off against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team that defeated them in the previous year's NBA Finals in six games, and were coming off of a record-breaking regular season, where the team posted a league-best 73–9 record.

The Cavaliers would go on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals in seven games, coming back from a 3–1 series deficit to avenge their NBA Finals loss from the year before and winning their first NBA championship. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to recover from a 3–1 series deficit and win. The Cavaliers' victory also marked the first championship win by a major professional sports team from Cleveland since 1964, ending a 52–year championship drought dating back to the 1964 NFL title won by the Cleveland Browns.

2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead in the series while recording the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals were played in a Thursday–Sunday–Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

The win by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic comeback. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. James' heroics coupled with the suspense of Cleveland's comeback have led many sports critics to deem the 2016 NBA Finals as one of the most exciting in NBA history.

2016–17 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2016–17 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 47th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). For the first time in franchise history, the Cavaliers entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games in the NBA Finals where they came back from a 3–1 deficit, becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to do so. The Cavaliers also broke the record of most made three-pointers in a regular season game with 25 against the Atlanta Hawks.The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 51–31 record, securing the 2nd seed. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated and swept the Indiana Pacers in four games in the First Round, advancing to the Semifinals. They then defeated and swept the Toronto Raptors in four games, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. They defeated the Boston Celtics in five games to advance to the NBA Finals for the third straight season. In the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavaliers faced off against the Golden State Warriors for the third consecutive year, becoming the first two teams to meet three consecutive times in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers would lose in five games against the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

After the season, David Griffin left as general manager and Kyrie Irving, per his request, was traded to the Boston Celtics.

Brandon Armstrong

Brandon Simone Armstrong (born June 16, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player. Born in San Francisco, California, he played college basketball at Pepperdine University, and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft, but was traded, along with fellow Rockets draft picks Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the draft rights to New Jersey's Eddie Griffin.

In three seasons with the Nets, Armstrong averaged 2.2 points per game. In the 2004 preseason he played for Golden State Warriors, he was waived before the regular season began. From July to November 2005, he played in Italy for BT Roseto. In the 2006–07 season, he played for the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards, Anaheim Arsenal and Bakersfield Jam. In the 2007–08 season, Armstrong played for the SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg in Poland. He later played in Venezuela.

Brenden Jefferson

Brenden Richard Jefferson (born June 3, 1986) is an American film and television actor and songwriter. He played X-Ray in the film Holes.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, all of whom remain in the league today).

In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name.

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad is an American television program which initially aired on Saturday afternoons on ABC. The program details the behind-the-scenes activities of NBA players, coaches and officials, and serves as a replacement for NBA Inside Stuff. On American markets, the show is still aired; however, it is now moved to NBA TV beginning with the 2008-09 season. Ahmad Rashād has been the only host of this show and has brought on the show famous NBA athletes and coaches such as Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Vince Carter, and many more. NBA Access was also a 30-minute real-life drama television series produced by NBA Entertainment that also chronicled the lives of larger-than-life NBA stars.

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad presented the NBA’s compelling story lines in the style of a television drama and provided viewers with first-person perspective of its main characters, which included league stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Richard Jefferson, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul. The show delivered exclusive and unprecedented NBA access, and with such access, it was poised to capture the emotional and engaging story lines that emerged in the NBA season.

Also featured in this series were the Maloof brothers, the owners of the Sacramento Kings and Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni. NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad also took a broader approach by going behind-the-scenes with two teams throughout the season: the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets. Rashad hosted the show from a new set at NBA Entertainment’s studios in Secaucus, N.J., which featured a collection of sports fan memorabilia.

Richard Jefferson (cricketer)

Richard Ingleby Jefferson (born 15 August 1941 in Frimley Green, Surrey) was a professional cricketer who played for Surrey County Cricket Club.

The son of Brigadier Julian Jefferson, Jefferson was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He won a blue but left after a year. He went on to play a couple of seasons for Surrey before illness in 1965 curtailed his first-class career. He subsequently played for Norfolk, before taking a Certificate in Education and teaching in a private school. A right-arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed bat, he was mentioned in a 1981 article by John Arlott on the best English cricketers never to have played for England. Arlott wrote that "he may well have been the greatest loss to English cricket in the post-war period".He is the father of the cricketer Will Jefferson.

Richard Jefferson Eaton

Richard Jefferson Eaton (1806 – 27 July 1847) was a British Conservative politician.Eaton was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire at the 1835 general election and held the seat until 1847 when he did not seek re-election.

Will Jefferson

William Ingleby Jefferson (born 25 October 1979) is a former professional cricketer who played for Essex County Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in a 12-year career. He retired from the game in 2012 as a result of a chronic hip complaint. Standing 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) tall, he was the tallest player in county cricket during most of his career, and among the tallest professional cricketers ever.Jefferson was a right-handed opening batsman and a reliable slip fielder. He was born in Derby to a cricketing family; his father Richard Jefferson played first-class cricket for Surrey, while his grandfather Julian Jefferson played first-class cricket in the 1920s for services teams. He showed his promise at Oundle School and Durham University. Jefferson studied at Durham from 1999-2002, completing the Sport in the Community course. He made his first-class debut for British Universities against the touring Zimbabweans in 2000.

His first full season at Essex was 2002, during which he scored 815 first-class runs; his 165 not out in the final match of the season

made a major contribution to Essex winning the second division of the County Championship.

His best season was 2004, in which he scored 1555 first-class runs at an average of 55.53 with 6 centuries including a high score of 222. In 2005, a slump in form saw him relegated to the Essex Second XI, but he responded with 303 not out against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Young Cricketers, and regained his place in the first team.

Before the start of the 2006 season, he suffered a freak accident, cutting his left wrist whilst trying to open a window, and severing the tendons. After recovering from this injury, he failed to regain a regular place in the Essex side, and left the county by mutual consent in August 2006. In September of that year, he signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire.In January 2007, he was selected for the England A team to tour Bangladesh in February and March.Jefferson had his contract terminated by Nottinghamshire in September 2009 after a run of poor form stretching back two years. However, he marked a return to form by scoring 112 in the first match of the 2011 county season, and his finest moment for Leicestershire was probably to secure their place in the T20 Final that year by smashing three boundaries in the "super over" needed, after their semi-final against Lancashire ended in a tie.

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