Jason Richardson signed a make-good, minimum contract with the Atlanta Hawks on August 18. Well, just ahead of the Hawks opening training camp, the 14-year NBA veteran has decided to retire as a player since his right knee is having issues again. Richardson made the announcement via his Instagram account on Wednesday night.
- "Today is a bitter sweet moment for me. I'm officially announcing my retirement from pro basketball. I like to thank the organizations and fans in Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando, Philly and especially The Bay Area for their loyal support the past 14 years. Walking away was the hardest decision I had to make but choosing my health and spending time with my family is more important to me! God bless!"
Richardson spent a lot of time in recent years teaching the young players on the Philadelphia 76ers while he was recovering from his knee issues and he may look into becoming a coach.
Richardson, selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 5th pick in the 2001 NBA draft, will finish his career averaging 17.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists.