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It's time to move away from basketball after 17 seasons



Richard Jefferson said he had decided to "walk away from basketball" in an Instagram post-Saturday that had largely served as a dedication to his deceased father's last month.

"Last month I treated two life-changing events, back to back, my decision to deviate from Big Rich's basketball and tragic death," Jefferson wrote. "The support of my family and friends was huge."

Jefferson played 17 seasons in the NBA and won the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers championship as key player from the bank. 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.

Richard Jefferson Sr. Was Killed In One Journey

Jefferson and his father had moved closer together in recent years, last month at Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Jefferson, his wife and two children spent their summer time in the South Bay of Los Angeles, not far from Jefferson Sr. in Inglewood.

"He really was a true OG," Jefferson wrote of his father. "I'll miss all his one-liners, his cooking and his ability to make a whole room laugh."

Prior to his announcement on Saturday, the younger Jefferson had begun pursuing a post-play career in broadcast journalism, appearing on ESPN and other networks.


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