Muss and J-Rich

Muss and J-Rich

It's not often you randomly run into a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion, but this happened not long ago to coach Eric Musselman. Ironically, that dunk champ happened to be a former player of coach Muss. That dunk champ happened to be none other than Jason "J-Rich" Richardson.

Richardson played 14 years in the NBA for several teams. He was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft after playing collegiately at Michigan State University where he won an NCAA championship. In his first two seasons in the league Jason won the NBA Dunk Contest (2002 and 2003), becoming the second player, after Michael Jordan, to win the competition back-to-back. Others later joined Jordan and Richardson as back-to-back dunk champs (Nate Robinson 2009 & 2010; Zach Lavine 2015 & 2016).

The reunion between coach Muss and Jason Richardson was nothing short of special. "It's always great to see your former players whether it's planned or not," Musselman stated. "Jason was a joy to coach and has always been an upstanding young man who has done so much for this game."

Jason Richardson played for the Musselman coached Warriors from 2002-2004. In his first season under coach Muss, Richardson averaged 15 points per game which ranked 3rd on the team only behind NBA All Stars Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas. In year two Richardson was the go-to-guy and led the team in scoring at 19 points per game. The Warriors finished 6th and 5th in the Pacific Division respectively. Richardson went on to play three more seasons for the Warriors then eventually played in Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando and Philadelphia.

 


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