The Info List - Micheal Ray Richardson

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* 4× NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
(1980 –1982 , 1985 ) * 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1980 , 1981 ) * 3× NBA steals leader (1980 , 1983 , 1985 ) * NBA assists leader (1980)


* 2× CBA champion (2008–2009) * 2× NBL Canada champion (2012–2013) * 2× NBL Canada Coach of the Year (2012–2013) * PBL Coach of the Year (2010)


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 Basketball
League of Canada . Richardson played college basketball for the Montana Grizzlies . He played in the National Basketball
Association (NBA) for eight years, most notably for the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
and New Jersey Nets .


* 1 NBA career

* 1.1 New York Knicks
New York Knicks
* 1.2 Golden State Warriors * 1.3 New Jersey Nets * 1.4 Banned From the League

* 2 CBA & Europe career

* 2.1 Coaching in the CBA

* 2.1.1 2007 suspension * 2.1.2 Oklahoma Cavalry * 2.1.3 Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry * 2.1.4 London Lightning

* 2.2 NBL coaching record

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links



Richardson was born in Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
. The New York Knicks
New York Knicks
drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft , and he was billed as "the next Walt Frazier
Walt Frazier
." Two picks later, the Boston Celtics drafted future Hall-of-Famer Larry Bird . In his second year, Richardson became the third player in NBA history (1. Slick Watts – 1976, 2. Don Buse – 1977 ) to lead the league in both assists (10.1) and steals (3.2), setting Knicks franchise records in both categories. He also recorded 18 triple-doubles , the second-most in franchise history.


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.


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 defending champion Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
. In the fifth and deciding game, he scored 24 points and had six steals. While the Knicks showed mild improvement after trading Richardson, that improvement was short-lived, ending when King was felled by a devastating knee injury midway through the 1984–85 season. Richardson wore Leather Converse All Stars briefly with the New Jersey Nets, making him the last to wear the shoe in any form in the NBA.


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 African-American
while Mullin is white, and became a frequently cited example of destructive lifestyles in the NBA. He was the subject of the 2000 film Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? , a look at his troubled life narrated by Chris Rock
Chris Rock

CBA he played for the team during the 1987–88 season, in which Albany won its second CBA championship.

2007 Suspension

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 Jews
were "crafty (because) they are hated worldwide."

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 " Jews
for Micheal Ray",

"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 Jews
are "crafty", Chafets stated,

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 Jews
are hated and need to protect themselves? That's the founding premise of the Anti-Defamation League itself.... Richardson, who was a popular player in Israel during his NBA exile years, is guilty of nothing more than free speech. Even if his observations were wrong — which they are not — there's nothing at all insulting about them. What is insulting is the notion that you can't speak honestly about Jews
without getting into trouble.

Oklahoma Cavalry

On May 24, 2007, he was named head coach of the reincarnated Oklahoma Cavalry of the Continental Basketball
Association .

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 Basketball
League Championship Series. The game took place at the Blue Cross Arena on April 22, 2010, in Rochester NY. Richardson had been given several warnings and a technical foul for berating and arguing with referees in the game against two-time PBL Champion Rochester RazorSharks. The ejection took place with under 3 seconds remaining in the game that was eventually won by Rochester in overtime by a tally of 110-106. The ejection led to a skirmish between fans and several Lawton-Fort Sill players which ended the game with 2.6 seconds to go on the clock and Rochester about to go to the free throw line.

London Lightning

On August 17, 2011, Richardson was announced as the first head coach of the National Basketball
League of Canada 's London Lightning . Finding immediate success with the Lightning, Richardson was named the NBL Canada's first ever Coach of the Month for November 2011, an award he would win again in January 2012. The Lightning would go on to finish the regular season at 28-8 and gain home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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.