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When he’s finally ready to hang up his basketball shoes, Richard Jefferson will have zero trouble finding a job in broadcasting, should he desire to do so.
In recent days, the former Cleveland Cavalier, a member of the 2016 squad that won the NBA championship, has been making the round on various talk shows.
As normal, Jefferson, who will turn 38 on June 21, didn’t disappoint, providing several excellent opinions.
For example, when asked how his year went, he had some fun at LeBron James’ expense, referring to “peanut butter and jelly,” a description used before this season by Rachel Nichols of ESPN to describe the relationship between James and Dwyane Wade. One of Wade’s closest friends, Wade signed a deal with the Cavaliers last offseason and was traded back home to Miami on Feb. 8.
Richard Jefferson said his year was eventful: “I get waived for peanut butter and jelly. I get traded for that. … That’s LeBron’s bromance. It worked out really well for them.” pic.twitter.com/HsAhwuQeVb
— Ryan Kelapire (@RKelapire) April 17, 2018
“My year?” Jefferson said. “I get waived for Peanut Butter and Jelly. I get traded for that. … that was awesome.
“For you guys who aren’t familiar, that’s LeBron’s bromance. It worked out really well for them. What are they, the fourth seed? Wow, the squeaked in there. No one will see them coming.”
It should be noted, Jefferson, who was traded along with Kay Felder to the Atlanta Hawks to make room for Wade before the season started only to be waived by the Hawks and signing with the Denver Nuggets, was laughing when he said that.
Jefferson actually had serious praise for James:
* “You can’t judge who’s the best player on the planet off of one season — it’s a body of work, and the body of work this year for ‘Bron is more impressive than KD (Kevin Durant).”
“LeBron is the No. 1 camaraderie guy that I’ve ever been around on any level: high school, college, NBA, and I’ve played with Tim Duncan, Dirk, Jason Kidd, Steph Curry.” — Richard Jefferson pic.twitter.com/v3f7Uj4Py2
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 18, 2018
* “For him — being a great teammates, he is the No. 1 camaraderie guy that I’ve ever been around on any level: high school, college, NBA and I’ve played with Tim Duncan, Dirk (Nowitzki), Jason Kidd, Steph Curry.”
* “Bron, to me, should be MVP because if you look at this team and what he’s done.”
The former University of Arizona star offered his take on the Rookie of the Year award, which will come down to Utah’s Donovan Mitchell or Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.
"Donovan Mitchell is the best rookie in the NBA this year." — Richard Jefferson pic.twitter.com/fkbNF0Wpz1
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 18, 2018
“Donovan Mitchell is the best rookie in the NBA this year,” he said.
Finally, Jefferson explained why he believes Kyrie Irving requested to be traded from the Cavaliers last summer, a wish the team granted when it sent him to Boston on Aug. 22. Jefferson used references to former Chicago Bulls greats Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to explain his position.
“Kyrie feels that, ‘Hey, I enjoyed the role of being a Pippen, but now it’s time for me to go be a Jordan and lead a team.’”
Richard Jefferson on Kyrie’s decision to leave LeBron and the Cavs pic.twitter.com/MCyolxmSZ9
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) April 18, 2018
“Kyrie, it wasn’t about ‘Bron,” Jefferson said. “Kyrie was about Kyrie achieving the most as he could as an individual player. He feels that, ‘Hey, I enjoyed the role of being a Pippen, but now it’s time for me to go be a Jordan and lead a team. You saw how great Boston was all year and how dominant they were when he was healthy. You can see he can be that guy, and he was that guy all regular season. It was just a matter of him doing it in the playoffs, which the injury didn’t allow him.”