Injured guard Jason Richardson
is getting his first taste of on-court activity in 12 months, and said he’s
looking toward mid-March as a possible return date for the 76ers.
Richardson, who underwent left
knee surgery Feb. 19, 2013, started taking short jumpers Monday. He’s doing
that an hour a day for one to two weeks. If that goes well, and without
incident, he’ll graduate to sliding and shooting, catching and shooting and
As for the 32-year-old’s role
when he returns…
said Wednesday, before the Sixers hosted Boston. “I’ve been through everything
and had a long career. Scoring doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about winning.
When you’re on a young team like this, it’s all about teaching. Coaching might
be something I want to get into when my career is over. What better way to
start than while you’re playing?”
That's a good thing, too, because his play declined as last season wore on.
Richardson, who was traded to
Philly in August 2012, in the same four-team deal that netted Andrew Bynum,
averaged 10.5 points and shot 40.2 percent overall in 33 games last season. He’s
due $6.2 million this season and holds a $6.6 million player option (wh
likely to pick up) for the 2014-15 season.
The elder statesman of the
Sixers, Richardson said he has a voice in the locker room, but that his
teammates “get tired of listening to me.” He said he’d like to play “until I’m
50” if he can, but that he’s not willing to chase a championship before his
playing career comes to a close.
“That’s one thing I’ve always
wanted to do, is win a championship, ever since I was a young guy in this
league,” Richardson said, “but I won’t chase a championship. I won’t do it. I
don’t think, to me personally, that’s the right way to do it. Even though you
want one, I would never hop teams to chase one.”
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