Jason Richardson Interview

February 11, 2009

J-Rich back in the day

J-Rich back in the day

Jason Richardson tries his hardest to put Saginaw, Mich., on the map.

Since his high school days at Saginaw Arthur Hill, where he graduated from in 1999 before attending Michigan State University, he has determined to raise others as well.

As a pro, Richards was part of that memorable Golden State Warriors team that took out the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. After being traded to Charlotte for a minute, he is back in a winning situation in Phoenix.

During his visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills with the Suns, I caught up with the high-flyer for a few minutes in the locker room.

Interview after the jump.

What is it like to return home and play in front of your home crowd?

It’s great to be home. Anytime you get a chance because you don’t play here much. You know, my family and friends don’t really get to see us play because of the late games but it’s always good to be home.

Tell me about them Flintstones, I know that you played with them in college, how was that to play with the players from Flint at Michigan State University?

It was a great time. I’m still; I don’t even say friends, brothers with those guys. Everybody that I played on that team with, especially Mateen (Cleaves) and Morris (Peterson), we’re all like brothers. Every summer, our families get together and have a picnic and just enjoy each other but you know all of them guys are great and they’re great friends.

Do you keep in touch with them?

Often, very often. We at least contact each other at least three or four times a month to make sure each other’s families are doing well and the things that Mateen did for me are things that you can’t really explain. He’s a great guy that you always wanna pull for and I definitely pull for him and I’m definitely gonna have his back with whatever he does.

Do you do the same things with the younger guys coming up from Saginaw like Dar Tucker and Tory Jackson?

I definitely do those things! I keep in contact with those guys and help those guys out as far as what it took to get to the next level, what it took to survive at the level they at now and all those guys. There’s so many guys from Saginaw playing college basketball right now so I just try to help them out as much as I can.

Do you think any of them can play professionally?

I think they all have a chance, you never know. People thought I didn’t have a chance. If they work hard at it, they definitely have a chance to be professionals

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