Jason Richardson has been at it a long time for a pro basketball player. The NBA veteran player has made his name with five different teams throughout his career. Until last season, he was a small forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. For most of that time, he has averaged 17.1 points per game. In his early days, he was so good that in 2003 he won the Slam Dunk Contest championship. However, his point average has been slowly getting lower. During his time with his two most recent teams, Orlando Magic and the 76ers, Richardson saw his average drop to an average of 9.1 points per game. In part, this lowering was due to an injury. Two years ago in the January of 2013, the free agent suffered a cartilage tear which forced him off the court. This past February he finally returned to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Now the he is making another big transition. Just a few days ago, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. This is something the 34-year-old veteran player has desired for some time. Although Richardson’s average is down and he is currently still dealing with an injury, he is still considered a great basketball player and a very good offensive acquisition for the Hawks. Many NBA basketball players never even attain a 9.1 average.
This is still a very lucky break for Richardson who since returning to the court has missed 10 games due to continuing difficulties with his knee and has yet to be cleared by the doctors to play back-to-back games. Despite all of his present medical issues, Richardson still feels very optimistic about his future with the Hawks. He is committed to becoming the player the Hawks need. Before beginning his first season with the Hawks, he will be spending the rest of the summer getting his knee in tip-top shape so that he can play the entire season. The Hawks have determined to place him in the shooting guard position. This will be his 14th season playing basketball. He hopes to make it several more.
Just as Richardson is about to be living his dream through the Hawks, he is coming in the recent departure of an owner who also fulfilled his own lifelong dream through the Hawks. This man is Bruce Levenson. Since childhood, Levenson had dreamed of becoming the owner of a sports team. In 2004, that became a reality when he led a group of investors to purchase NBA team the Atlanta Hawks, NHL team the Atlanta Thrashers, and operating rights to Philips Arena. Up until selling his share of the team, Levenson remained an active owner, having a seat on the NBA Board of Governors and the Hawk’s Board of Managers. And he was great at what he did. Levenson led the Hawk’s to the NBA playoffs seven seasons in a row, the only team in the Eastern Conference to do so. The Hawks did so well during the 2014-15 season, that they had one of the best records in the entire NBA.