Richard Jefferson is a former professional basketball player from the United States. Richard Jefferson also played 17 seasons in the NBA and won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cavaliers.
Richard Allen Jefferson Jr. better known as Richard Jefferson was born June 21, 1980, in California, Los Angeles, United States of America. From now on he is 41 years old and he is a citizen of the United States. He is also of African American ethnicity and has a Sun sign of Cancer. He is a Christian by religion.
He is also the son of Richard Allen Jefferson Senior (father) and Meekness LeCato (mother). As an only child, he grew up in a normal family. In addition, his parents raised him as a devout Christian and forced him to join a Christian religious community. His parents moved around a lot because they were such loyal members of this group.
Speaking about his academic qualifications, he attended several schools. He also graduated from Moon Valley High School. He played basketball from a young age and helped his high school team win a state championship in his senior year.
Because of his skills and abilities, the University of Arizona offered him a scholarship, which he accepted. He was also a key player during his three years on the college men’s basketball team. He started 77 of 84 college games and excelled in every one of them.
Additionally, Richard did not finish college and decided to enter the 2001 NBA draft. In addition, the New Jersey Net chose him as the 13th pick of the first round. As a rookie, he didn’t get much playing time. That quickly changed in his sophomore season when he rained fire on his well-made offensive play. Season after season he turned into a bucket machine. Still, the Nets were a highly dysfunctional club. Despite reaching the playoffs, the Nets were always eliminated early.
As a result, after seven seasons, the Nets decided to trade him to the Bucks. This was a very unusual trade considering he had just hit a career-high 22.6 points per game. He wasn’t a good fit for the Bucks. So he was allowed to go free. He joined Spurs and contributed to the team’s success.
However, after three years, that didn’t work out. As a result, he spent seasons each with the Warriors, Jazz, and Mavericks. After moving from team to team, the player found a home with the Cavaliers. During this time, he developed a strong brotherly bond with LeBron that is still visible in the media.
He also clinched his first NBA title in his first season with the Cavs. The Cavs extended his contract by a year due to his outstanding contribution to the team’s championship win. This could have been his turning point, but it was clear his age was an issue. As a result, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets for his final NBA season. He played the 2017/18 season there and announced his retirement on October 13, 2018.
Broadcasting and analyst career
After retiring, he joined Yes Network and began his broadcasting career. He became the Nets’ game and studio analyst on the YES Network. In addition, the former basketball player has served as an analyst for FS1, ESPN and the Pac-12 network.
awards and fortune
As a former basketball player, he has received several awards and honors. He was named to the fourth-team Parade All-American in 1998 and was a McDonald’s All-American that same year. At the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan, he was part of the USA team and won a gold medal. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he and his team won the bronze medal. He became NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
As an analyst and former basketball player, he earned a huge sum. Speaking of fortune, his net worth is estimated at around $50 million. Also, he has not yet publicly disclosed his income and salary.
Richard Jefferson is unmarried and Single. But in the past he was in a relationship with Kesha Nicole Nichols for five years. Kesha is a dancer and cheerleader. The couple were engaged to be married on two separate occasions, however Richard broke off the engagement both times. The couple were scheduled to marry at the Mandarin Oriental on July 11, 2009; However, Richard canceled the wedding the night before.
The basketball expert is said to be happily married to Teresa Lourenco, but the rumors were false.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Richard Jefferson has an athletic build with dark brown eyes. Besides, he’s standing 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 106 kg. However, there is no more detailed information about Richard’s other body measurements.
On his Instagram Page has more than 293,000 followers. There are more than 125.9K followers on Twitter and he is not active on Facebook.