Am I surprised that Richard Jefferson is un-retiring after taking a little bit of time following a championship celebration to rethink his future? Of course not. For one, he was a 35 year old that had just put the finishing touches on season that saw him compete in upwards of 100 games. More importantly - as evidenced by the video above - he was a piss drunk 35 year old that has just put the finishing touches on a season that saw him compete in upwards of 100 games. I think we can call that a situation in which the alcohol was likely to speak for him, and the alcohol was undoubtedly saying it wanted to continue to be drank from a beach chair at a tropical vacation destination well after September ends. It's not too surprising that sobriety had different ideas.
That said, I would like to make a proposition to RJ. Let's split the difference. Let's go one more year before we start discussing 2-3 year extensions. You just - against all odds - actually started and produced in the NBA Finals so I can understand the desire to come back and see what's left in the tank, but how about we stop short of putting anything more than a one year warranty on an aging engine? The difference between an antique and a old piece of crap isn't all that much. The thing about vintage vehicles is that they spend a hell of a lot of time getting wheeled in for maintenance, so how about we take the "wait and see" approach prior to chiseling 3 year leases in stone. Richard Jefferson announcing his retirement was premature, but so is announcing that he plans to play until he's a senior citizen by NBA standards.