Jason Richardson put Golden State back on the map in the early 2000’s, waaaaaay before the “Splash Brothers” and waaaaaay before the Warriors finally got rid of those nasty dark blue shiny rec-league jerseys.
J-Rich was the closest thing to Dominique that we’ve scene in a dunk contest in a long time, combing effortless bounce with incredible force and artistry on every dunk. When he dunked, the ball screamed like a sorority girl on free-lemon-drop shot-night, as it went through the net barely touching the nylon.
He officially retired yesterday from the NBA after 14 seasons, announcing:
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 won back-to-back dunk contests in 2002 and 2003, with some nasty between the legs, windmill, and reverse windmill action that even had “His Airness” impressed.
Spanning a 14 year career and 5 teams, J-Rich averaged 17.1 ppg, 5 rebs, 2.7 ast, while shooting 37% from three-point range. Even though he was never an all-star, he was as solid an all-around, both end of the court type player as you would find at the 2-guard or swing position in the NBA. Congrats on a great career Jason, we’ll miss ya.