Richard Jefferson to Officiate 2nd Quarter of Knicks vs. Blazers Summer League Game

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 11, 2022

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Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson will officiate the second quarter of Monday night's Summer League matchup between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

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NBA Champion and 17-year NBA veteran Richard Jefferson will officiate the second quarter of tonight's New York vs. Portland game after attending daily NBA Summer League Officiating Meetings in Las Vegas.<br><br>🏀 <a href="https://twitter.com/nyknicks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nyknicks</a> vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/trailblazers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@trailblazers</a> <br>⏰ 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET<br>📺 ESPN2 <a href="https://t.co/wNKYxjvJYd">pic.twitter.com/wNKYxjvJYd</a>

Jefferson, who has attended officiating meetings in Las Vegas during the Summer League, will join the ESPN2 broadcast at halftime to speak about the experience.

Jefferson, 42, spent 17 years in the NBA between the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets.

He won a championship in 2016 with the Cavs.

For his career Jefferson averaged 12.6 points and four rebounds per game, with his best season coming in 2004-05 for the Nets (22.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.0 SPG).

He also helped lead the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, though the team was swept by the Lakers and lost to the Spurs in six games, respectively.

Since his playing career ended, Jefferson has worked as an analyst for both the YES Network and ESPN.

What Jefferson doesn't appear to have is any experience as an official. After a long career as a player and pundit, however, he surely has some opinions on how the job should be done.


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