After 14 NBA seasons, Jason Richardson has finally decided to retire.
Guard Jason Richardson has always said that when he finally decided to retire, he wanted to do it on his own terms.
Wednesday, that day finally came.
Richardson announced on his Instagram account that he has decided to call it a career after playing for five teams over the past 14 years, the last three of which were with the Sixers.
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Today is a bitter sweet moment for me. I'm officially announcing my retirement from pro basketball. I like to thank the organizations and fans in Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando, Philly and especially The Bay Area for their loyal support the past 14 years. Walking away was the hardest decision I had to make but choosing my health and spending time with my family is more important to me! God bless!
Richardson came to the Sixers as part of the infamous Andrew Bynum deal in August, 2010. He ended up playing in just 33 games that first year and had knee surgery that resulted in him missing the entire 2013-14 season.
Many players would have called it quits at that point, but Richardson was determined to play again and on February 20 of this year, 763 days after last stepping onto a basketball court, he returned against the Indiana Pacers. He scored seven points in that first game and finished the 2014-15 season averaging 9.1 points, 2 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 19 games where he averaged 21.9 minutes.
Unsurprisingly, the Sixers released the 34-year-old and he signed a non-guarenteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason. He was due to report for training camp next week, but was having discomfort in his right knee and an MRI revealed bone spurs in the knee. Instead of dealing with yet another injury, Richardson decided to retire so he could spend more time with his family.
Richardson finishes his career averaging 17.1 points, 2.7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1.9 threes and 1.2 steals per game and will always be fondly remembered in the Bay Area, where he had his greatest sucees with the Golden State Warriors. There he averaged a career-high 23.2 points per game during the 2005-06 season and won the NBA slam dunk contest twice.
If Richardson wished, you can be sure many franchises would love to add him to their coaching staff. While with the Sixers he proved to be an invaluable resource for the young players on the roster and quickly earned their respect and admiration.
Enjoy your retirement J-Rich, you’ve earned it.