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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jason Richardson: Happy


Suns.com's Jeramie McPeek talked to the new Sun shortly after he was traded from the Bobcats:

I'm sure your teammates were disappointed.
Yes, they were. I have a lot of great teammates here. We were all out in the (hotel) hallway and were talking. I let them know that I wasn't going to the game tonight because I had been traded.

What are your thoughts on the Suns?
There are high expectations in Phoenix. You can see what the roster has with Amar'e, Shaq, Steve. Those guys are future Hall of Famers. I'm very excited to play alongside guys like that for the first time in my career. I've never played on a team like this. I've always been on re-building teams. I've only been to the playoffs once. I've never really won anything, but I think I can bring a lot to this team and have a special season.

You played with Matt Barnes at Golden State. How do you feel about reuniting with him?
Richardson: Matt is a great guy. He called me today and said if I needed anything I should call him. I have a good relationship with him. It'll be good to see a familiar face and to ask where to go, where to eat in Phoenix and all of those types of things.

What should fans know about you?
I'm an exciting player. I do everything to win games. I have a lot of energy, I can dunk and shoot the threes. I give everything I can on the court. I'm not trying to take anyone's spot. I just want to come in and do what is needed. I'll fill the void where it is needed. Whatever it is - defense, scoring, rebounding, whatever it is. I just want to help the team to win and get deep in the playoffs.

McPeek spoke to Jared Dudley, too.