Jefferson makes pro debut

Richard Jefferson is getting ready for life in the NBA. He's playing in the Boston Summer Pro League in preparation for the NBA regular season. In his first contest Jefferson had 9 points on 4-10 shooting. In addition he had a team high 6 rebounds, dished out three assists and had two steals and a blocked shot.

"The last couple of days we've been doing nothing but practicing," Jefferson said. "So I'm looking forward to playing. Just get out and play. That's all I want to do."

Jefferson is still getting used to the money that comes with an NBA contract, but knew after draft night about how much he'd be making.

"The contract was already set. There weren't too many variations to what you could do. It was just a matter of getting drafted and signing it."

The contract may not have been much of a surprise, but the draft night trade was a slight surprise. Jefferson knew he might move but had no idea where he'd wind up.

"This was going to be one of the wildest summers ever in the NBA, with all of the free agents and all of the teams with multiple picks in the first round. I kind of thought something would be happening, I just didn't know what was going to be happening."

Jefferson will be in Boston until early next week, then it's on to Pete Newell's big man camp in Hawaii and rookie orientation before joining the big club. Training camp will give Jefferson a chance to reunite with Jason Kidd, a player with whom he's played with the past few summers. The familiarity makes Jefferson more at ease.

"I've seen him play. He's seen us play. He's familiar with me. It's good, it is going to make things much easier."

Jefferson knows what it will take to get playing time in the NBA.

"For me it's about defense and rebounding." Jefferson said. "If I do that then I'll be on the floor. I think there's going to be a good chance for me to play."


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