CAREER NBA STATISTICS
POINTS 8,253 (14.8 ppg)
ASSISTS 3,899 (7.0 apg)
STEALS 1,463 (2.6 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
MICHEAL "SUGAR" RAY RICHARDSON (born April 11, 1955) is an American
former professional basketball player and head coach. He most recently
was head coach of
London Lightning of the National
* 1 NBA career
* 2 CBA & Europe career
* 2.1 Coaching in the CBA
* 2.2 NBL coaching record
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
NEW YORK KNICKS
Richardson was born in
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
At the beginning of the 1982–83 season, Richardson was traded to the Golden State Warriors (along with a fifth-round draft choice) in exchange for Bernard King . After playing only 33 games for the Warriors, Richardson was traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Sleepy Floyd and Mickey Johnson.
NEW JERSEY NETS
He would be named an all-star as a Net, playing on the Eastern
Conference all-star team said to have frozen out
Michael Jordan . In
the 1984 playoffs, Richardson led the Nets to a shocking upset of the
BANNED FROM THE LEAGUE
In 1986, Richardson was banned for life by NBA commissioner David Stern for violations of the league's drug policy. He regained the right to play in the NBA in 1988. , but decided to continue his career in Europe. He never played in the NBA again, despite being reinstated.
He bitterly complained that the suspensions he received from the NBA
were unfair given the fact that Chris Mullin was never disciplined by
the league for his well-documented alcohol problem, implying that this
"double standard" existed because Richardson is
CBA he played for the team during the 1987–88 season, in which Albany won its second CBA championship.
On March 28, 2007, he was suspended for the rest of the CBA
championship series for his comments in an interview with the Albany
Times Union newspaper, in which he stated that
The paper also reported that he fired expletives at a heckler, using profanity and an anti-gay slur, at Game 1 of the championship series.
Some sportswriters have come to Richardson's defense, in the wake of
the incident. Peter Vecsey questioned the Times Union's motives in not
releasing the audio recording of their exchange with Richardson.
Vecsey noted that during the course of his professional dealings with
Richardson, he found the player to be "so unsettled, so
unsophisticated and so pliable anybody could draw him into saying
anything about anything at any time". He also pointed out that
Richardson's second wife was Jewish, as was their daughter, Tamara,
something that would be unlikely for a true anti-Semite. Christopher
Isenberg, a Jewish writer who had earlier profiled Richardson for the
Village Voice also defended Richardson's remarks about Jews, stating
in a blog post entitled "
"Micheal Ray is proud to have a Jewish lawyer because he thinks they are the best lawyers. Certainly it's a stereotype, but it's a stereotype rooted in a reality. A disproportionate number of the great lawyers in America are Jews. A disproportionate number of the great basketball players in America are black. We have learned to be very careful around these facts because here the line between fact and "stereotype" can get very blurry and if you're not careful, you can get into deep water real quick. Micheal Ray was unwise to have been so indiscreet around reporters, but it wasn't exactly Elders of Zion territory."
NBA commissioner David Stern also voiced support for Richardson. While conceding that the remarks about homosexuals were "inappropriate and insensitive" and worthy of a suspension, Stern also said, "I have no doubt that Micheal Ray is not anti-Semitic. I know that he's not...He may have exercised very poor judgment, but that does not reflect Micheal Ray Richardson's feelings about Jews."
Zev Chafets, author of A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews,
Christian Zionists and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and
Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance, wrote in the Los Angeles Times
that Richardson's comments, while perhaps stereotypical, were not
anti-semitic. After discussing Richardson's claim that
What other hurtful things did Richardson supposedly say? That Israel
has the best airport security in the world? This is both true and
something Israel itself brags about. That
On May 24, 2007, he was named head coach of the reincarnated Oklahoma
Cavalry of the Continental
On December 16, 2007 he was fired by the Cavalry.
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry
Richardson later coached for Lawton-Ft Sill Cavalry located in Lawton, Oklahoma, and he led his team to victory to the CBA Finals in 2008 and 2009 and in the PBL Finals in 2010.
Richardson was ejected from the first game of the 2010 Premiere
On August 17, 2011, Richardson was announced as the first head coach
of the National
On March 25, Richardson led the Lightning to a 116-92 victory over the Halifax Rainmen in a deciding Game Five of the NBL Canada Finals to win the NBL Canada's inaugural championship. After the game, Richardson was named the NBL Canada Coach of the Year for 2011–12.
On April 12, 2013, Richardson led the Lightning to an 87-80 victory over the Summerside Storm in PEI. The Lightning became back to back NBL champions.
Richardson left the Lightning following the 2013–14 season to pursue coaching positions closer to home.
NBL COACHING RECORD
TEAM YEAR REGULAR SEASON POST SEASON
GAMES WON LOST WIN % FINISH PG PW PL WIN % RESULT