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Jason Richardson says he’ll ‘definitely’ return before All-Star break

Philadelphia 76ers 2014 Media Day

Philadelphia 76ers 2014 Media Day

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Jason Richardson captains the “He’s still in the NBA?” team.

Yes, Richardson is still in the league, the elder member of the 76ers. You wouldn’t know it by watching them play, though.

Richardson missed most of the 2012-13 season with a knee injury, which also kept him out all of last season. Then, a stress fracture before this seemed like it could end his career.

But the 33-year-old insists he’ll play again – sooner than you’d think.

Tom Moore of The Intelligencer (via Basketball Insiders):

Richardson, a 14-year pro, said he’ll “definitely be back before the all-star break or January or maybe even before this year is over with. I’ll see how my body takes all this training and getting ready for it.”

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I don’t know about that. Richardson was optimistic while sidelined during his knee injury, and he didn’t get anywhere. Now, he’s even older.

It’s nice Richardson is fighting to come back for a team going nowhere. That says something about his pride, desire to make more money once his contract expires after this season, desire to convince a contender to take a flyer on him – or all three.

But those sentiments won’t make his body stand up to the rigors of the NBA if it no longer can.