How Role Players Succeed

In N.B.A. Basketball by Brock Bourgase

Richard Jefferson comments on how he adjusted to his role with the Cleveland Cavaliers:

“I knew I only could control what I could control. I‘m not a guy that they‘re going to call plays for; I‘m not a guy that they‘re going to run anything for. So I was just like, ‘Richard, just rebound the ball like crazy. Rebound the ball, run the floor, play defense, get on the floor for any loose ball.‘ […] That‘s what I can control, and then try to get shots & try to do some extra things.”

Jefferson didn‘t let his limited offensive role limit his defense & rebounding. He was also successful cutting into open spaces & finishing. He may not have taken as many shots as other players but he helped the Cavs win a championship.