Excuse me sir, can you please put your seat in the up-right position? Words Quentin Richardson probably heard more than he would have liked last summer. Q Rich, as Richardson is affectionately known, had an off season that would have made Carmen Sandiego jealous after being traded four times before finally landing in Miami prior to the start of last season. Richardson had a solid season playing alongside Dwayne Wade averaging 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and shooting 39% from beyond the arc.
Richardson decided to take his talents to Disney this year after being offered a 4 year deal from Orlando this summer. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Richardson will compete for a starting role on the Magic more than likely filling the position Matt Barnes left at the small forward. Q Rich should see his 3point shooting percentage increase while spotting up out of Dwight Howard double teams all season long. Overall he is a strong wing position player who will bring some of the same skills Barnes gave the Magic last season. The acquisition of Richardson was a necessary transaction and is a minor coupe considering “Q” could have opted to stay in Miami with his good friend Wade. Richardson is pretty open about his friendship with Wade and mentions in his July 13 press conference that Wade was disappointed with his decision but completely understood the circumstances. Not so ironically Wade and the Miami Heat were a large topic of discussion throughout the Richardson press conference in July. Richardson handled all the questions regarding Miami professionally and said “There’s nothing to fear…It’s not like you’re going into a fight and somebody could beat you up. It’s a basketball game. You’re going to compete. It’s a game that we play for fun and you love to play. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”
In recent article found on Slamonline.com Q Rich said the following about his signing in Orlando, “I’m excited. It’s a great situation on a team that has a chance to contend for a title, it’s gonna be a whole lot of hard work, but I think we’re definitely ready for it. I’m leaving here Friday (August 6) to head to Miami so I can drive up to Orlando to get started working with the coaching staff. I’ll spend the rest of my summer in Orlando working toward the goal. Also, Jameer [Nelson], he has a thing out in Philly, where he invites all of the guys out on the team, no coaches, and we work out everyday. Has has different events set up for us to hang out and bond and get close. Those are some of the things you need to do if you wanna be a championship-caliber team. I’m really excited that they already have these types of things in place, and I’m just going to that situation trying to contribute.”
Richardson has come a long way from his signature “head knocking” days with Darius Miles. He is now an 11 year veteran of the league with playoff experience, although he has never been to the NBA Finals. Instead of playing with his friend Wade or playing behind Lebron he choose to be a competitor. He truly believes he is in a place where he is wanted and can continue his quest for a title with the Orlando Magic. General Manager Otis Smith called the signing of Richardson another “single” for the team referring to the minor tweaks the Magic continue to do restricted by a high payroll. Look for Richardson to hit plenty of triples on the Magic’s quest for a ring this season.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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