Richard Jefferson had his introductory press conference as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday, and on top of saying of all the right things about his new squad, RJ had a parting message for his old one. In short: Good luck. You’re going to need it.
When pressed about his feelings on the trade, Jefferson insisted that he’s excited to play in Milwaukee, and said he’s in a much better place now. From the Bucks’ official site:
After calming down and evaluating I looked at the opportunity here. An opportunity to get back to the playoffs and I really don’t think the Nets are going to be headed there in the next couple years. They’ve voiced that with some of the moves they’ve made.
This is obviously a great situation and I don’t know that I’d want to be in New Jersey given what they’re going to be doing up until 2010 and the move to Brooklyn. I don’t know if that’s a situation that any player would want to be in. Knowing that there’s going to be that transition phase.
The Nets, as you probably noticed, did not make the postseason last year. After having just traded away their leading scorer from the previous season (mere months after getting rid of their franchise player), there is no reason to believe that things will be any different in 2008-2009.
If this LeBron-to-Brooklyn scheme doesn’t work out, someone is going to have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.