Richard Jefferson has an important message for fans, media members and anyone else inclined to ask him about the biggest story of the NBA offseason: LeBron James has not told him anything.
In fact, in a note posted to Snapchat Wednesday, Jefferson announced that he was officially terminating his friendship with LeBron.
“After many years as a peer and many years as [a] friend and teammate I have decided to end my friendship with LeBron James,” Jefferson wrote. “I am saying this publicly so that the fans and media members can please stop asking me where he is going in free agency.”
Jefferson, who spent two seasons as LeBron teammate in Cleveland before playing last season with Denver, then explained that LeBron had not told him (or his family) anything, before declaring that he “never liked the guy,” especially given that his son had chosen James as a favorite player. He ended with a gratuitous middle finger to his podcast partner Channing Frye.
Richard Jefferson with some not-so-breaking LeBron news on his Snapchat account (with a Bill Russell Salute aimed at Channing Frye for good measure) pic.twitter.com/jV3wh7YgAs
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 27, 2018
Jefferson’s message was legitimately funny, but it was also an astute commentary on the state of the NBA offseason. With the draft over and free agency still days away, there is essentially nothing for basketball fans and media to do right now except speculate wildly on where LeBron will end up, and it’s getting exhausting.
We wonder whether the high school choice of LeBron’s son offer a hint. We analyze cryptic interviews from LeBron’s buddies. We entertain, if only momentarily, the various random dudes who supposedly know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows LeBron. We take the admittedly uncertain opinions of NBA reporters to be gospel truth.
It’s hard enough just being a random person on Twitter these days. Imagine being a guy who actually knows LeBron.
Anyway, now Jefferson won’t have to worry anymore about people wondering where The King is headed. Now that he has renounced his friendship with LeBron, suuuurely, everyone will just leave him alone.
Haha, just kidding. He’ll be answering questions about LeBron until the day he dies. Sorry, RJ.