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Former NBAer, Wildcat Richard Jefferson officiates quarter of Summer League game

Jul 12, 2022, 7:29 AM | Updated: 7:32 am
Former NBA player Richard Jefferson, left, officiates part of an NBA summer league basketball game ...

Former NBA player Richard Jefferson, left, officiates part of an NBA summer league basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks, Monday, July 11, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP Photo/John Locher)

As if an 18-year career in the NBA wasn’t enough time on the court for former player and ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson, he found his way back on the hardwood on Monday night.

It wasn’t the typical basketball uniform the former Arizona Wildcat was accustomed to wearing during his playing days, however.

Jefferson officiated the second quarter of the Summer League contest between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers after attending daily NBA Summer League officiating meetings this past week in Las Vegas.

The NBA veteran and current analyst saw the opportunity as a chance to even further his knowledge of the game.

With his first chance to make a call, Jefferson made one against the Knicks but would end up reversing the call.

The internet, of course, had a lot of fun with Jefferson joining the “dark side” and becoming an official.

And with the game being against the Knicks, with most of Jefferson’s playing days being in New Jersey with the Nets, made things even more interesting.

Jefferson even heard it from Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, who was sitting courtside taking in the Summer League game.

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