Current Brooklyn Nets commentator Richard Jefferson was a former player and isn’t shy to take a few jabs at the New York Knicks franchise.
The New York Knicks continue to have many critics around the league with plenty to say about the franchise’s lack of success. One of the biggest is former NBA player Richard Jefferson who currently serves as a commentator for the Brooklyn Nets’ YES Network broadcasts and nationally for ESPN.
Jefferson was a key player for the Nets organization dating back to their time in New Jersey. He became an all-star for one season playing alongside stars Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin before making several stops around the league. Jefferson was working the recent Knicks and Nets game at Madison Square Garden and was very proud to discuss his displeasure with the franchise.
During the broadcast, Jefferson stated that he had turned down a contract with New York before retiring at the start of last season.
"“I refused to play for the Knicks…That’s why I retired. They were the one team that offered me a job, I decided to retire, When the Knicks were looking for me to play for them, I knew my time in this league was over.”"
The disrespectful comments aren’t too much of a surprise as Jefferson has consistently aimed at the Knicks on ESPN studio shows since last year. The former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers has openly declared the Knicks a disaster and that fans should never have playoff aspirations, especially for this season’s squad that failed to land highly touted free agents.
The Knicks organization decided to surprisingly address the Jefferson rumor in a tweet from their PR account.
"“For clarification purposes, it is not true that the New York Knicks offered Richard Jefferson a contract in either the summer of 2018 or 2019,”"
The Knicks obviously will remain an easy target until they start winning games and show a consistent success. Jefferson’s comments are from a place of comedy, but there is a significant amount of truth behind each joke that many Knicks fans can understand. The jokes aren’t appreciated, but they are recognized during another tumultuous season.