Richard Jefferson writes letter to Cavs fans: ‘We need you now more than ever’


Richard Jefferson #24, LeBron James #23, Tristan Thompson #13 and Channing Frye #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers sit on the bench during Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND – Richard Jefferson isn’t new to the stress of the NBA Finals. He’s been there before in his 15-year NBA career.

But now, the Cavaliers are preparing for Game 6 against the Warriors.

This is the game that will make or break their season.

And Richard Jefferson isn’t taking that lightly.

In a letter published on The Players’ Tribune – the same place Kobe announced his retirement – Jefferson wrote a heartfelt letter to Cavs fans, saying the team needs them now more than ever.

He starts off talking about the fame Lil Kev has gotten in the last few weeks, something that started out as a joke between teammates. Something funny that brought the team together and made them stronger than ever.

He wrote the letter Wednesday night, just about 24 hours before the start of Game 6.

Right now I’m at my computer. I’m wired. It’s the night before the biggest game of my career and probably the biggest game in Cavs history. I’m finding it hard to relax and wind down. All I can think about is the sound of the Q on Thursday night. The last home game of the season.

Jefferson makes sure to mention that a lot of their success is thanks to LeBron.

And Jefferson doesn’t care if you’re a LeBron fan or not.

Bron has something I’ve never seen. The way he says “follow me and I’ll take you there” with actions, more than words, is like no one else I’ve ever played with. He’s the kind of leader who makes you want to carry the weight too. I feel indebted to him. We all do.

He ends with a statement about the Finals and how much he knows they mean to this city. He knows that Thursday night is the biggest night of the season for everyone.

“This has been one hell of a ride. Let’s keep it going.”

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