Richard Jefferson is still in the NBA. Moreover, he’s playing actual minutes in the NBA. Unfortunately for Jefferson, the 35 year-old has been battling toe issues to the point of causing him severe pain.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Jefferson’s toe issue has gotten so bad that he’s had to get a medical injection. According to the player himself, he’ll receive one more of those injections right before the All-Star Game.
Jefferson mentioned that, at least as of right now, the infection of his toe doesn’t require surgery and only alters his game a little bit. Oddly enough, he’s lucky to have LeBron James as a teammate, as Jefferson recently switched to wearing his teammate’s branded shoes since they provide him with much more comfort — which isn’t a thing I’d expect Nike to brag about in ads moving forward.
Joking about Jefferson’s age to the side, he does still play some meaningful minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the game he played immediately after getting his first toe medical injection, the veteran scored 14 points, making many a Cleveland fan ponder why he isn’t injected with things before every basketball game.
The veteran averages slightly over 19 minutes per game for the Cavs. Following and managing the condition of his toe will be of great importance for new head coach Tyronn Lue.