JRich is going to give us a personality just like he did with GSW.
Trading the eighth pick in the 2007 draft to Golden State for the shooting guard is the best move the Bobcats have made.
Fleecing Elgin Baylor outta that 2nd pick was pretty huge, but I'll agree that this year's move is right up there.
By pure freaking chance I happened to click on the "tom talks" link in that article...and found out there's a little more:
Richardson said that growing up in Saginaw, Mich., which is north of Detroit and of Flint on I-75, he wanted to play professional hockey as well as professional basketball.
“There were only one or two African-Americans in hockey,” he says.
What was your style like?
“Rough,” says Richardson. “There was no finesse scoring. Defense, defense, defense. I liked to check.”
There aren’t many 6-6 hockey players. And it was size that compelled Richardson to give the sport up – the size of his feet.
“When I was in eighth grade, my feet got big,” he says.
He needed specialized skates, which were expensive, and he couldn’t afford them. So he became a basketball star instead.
He admits when he learned in June that he was being traded from Golden State to Charlotte, he was not pleased. The Warriors had announced they would not trade him. He heard about it 10 minutes before the trade.
“I was blindsided,” he says.
Golden State finally made the playoffs last season, an entertaining and suddenly successful team that gave the city a jolt.
“We can do the same thing here,” says Richardson.
He and his family have bought a house. He says if there’s anything about Charlotte that’s surprised him, it’s the abundance of trees.
If Richardson, 27, is as engaging and as unpretentious as he came across during Bobcats caravan stops at a Gastonia elementary school and the Belmont YMCA, Charlotte will have another athlete to get excited about.
“My mom told me never to, no matter what I accomplished, be bigger than everybody else,” says Richardson.
In other words, Elaine Cook told him to remember where he came from.
I was hoping they'd have one of him doing the limbo! The guy has to be a flat out blast to be around. Did anyone see the popcorn practical joke he played on a GSW player last year? There's a youtube clip running around; JRich filled up the guy's ride with popcorn...up to the dashboard.
No doubt Crash has some competition in being the team's premier practical joker!