Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  12 responses

Richard Jefferson: Rejuvenated

Just about everyone (including yours truly) slammed the Spurs‘ front-office when they re-signed the forward last season, but they’re proving once again that doubting them only makes you look silly. From the Express-News: “A crowd of reporters surged toward his locker at Phoenix’s US Airways Center late Wednesday night, and Richard Jefferson began to laugh. He poked his head out from the scrum, briefly locking eyes with Manu Ginobili in the stall next door. Ginobili laughed, too. This has been a running joke between the two since the preseason. Every time Jefferson puts together a game somewhere north of decent, scribes flock to his locker as if he’s got the cure for hay fever. ‘Every time I hit a couple of threes, people want to ask about all the work I did over the summer,’ Jefferson said. It’s still early, Jefferson admits. But if he can extend his personal reclamation project over six more months, the once-maligned Spurs small forward can brace for the same line of questioning at every NBA stop. Given a second chance to make a first impression, and boosted by an offseason regimen rapidly becoming the stuff of lore, Jefferson suddenly appears reborn at age 30. Four games into his second San Antonio season, Jefferson leads the Spurs in scoring at 20 points per game, and is shooting a sizzling 65.9 percent, including 8 of 15 on 3-pointers.”

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  • tRay

    It’s about time.

  • Jsoe

    Never doubt The Spurs…You think ppl would finally understand that, oh well

  • http://twitter.com/nbatalkandkicks Eduardo

    Guess he had to get used to being the 3-4th option on the team. RJ doesn’t come with JKidd who got him most of his points in New Jersey.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    he had to get used to playing in a completely different system and being a 4th option

  • KB8toSG8

    Spurs system is complex too. I’m happy for him.

  • deshawn33

    ..the bigger question:why did he suck so bad last season??having a bad stretch,shooting slump,trouble adapting, all granted.but to really stink for 6 1/2 months over 90+ games when given every opportunity to shine next to unselfish star caliber players? that was really epic considering the caliber of player he´s supposed to be..

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    yah but right now he’s more like option one. can’t see him keeping this up (obviously not the 65% shooting) but taking as many shots when he cools down as well. So the scoring should dip back to 13-15 pts a game. good to see him doing well though, since he is a good player.

  • 15Strong

    speaking of rejuvenation, what about the work Elton brand is doing in Philly, he’s posting workhorse numbers again

  • Hammer

    Hard 2 believe that next yr will b his 10th season n the L. Crazy how time flies

  • Seven Duece

    RJ is taking nearly the same amount of shots as last year, but it’s coming within the flow of the offense and he obviously put in some major practice time as well.

  • Groves@UWA

    @15Strong. yeah Brand is going to work these days

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    glad i have both Brand and RJ in my fantasy squad !