Jason Richardson is apparently learning the value this week in paying it forward.
Just days after buying iPads for some of his teammates, the Orlando Magic swingman recovered his 2000 Michigan State NCAA national championship ring, which he says had been missing for five years.
According to a tweet sent out by Richardson Thursday morning, the 12-year-old diamond-encrusted ring, which features a large 1 in the middle, along with his name and number on the side, had been stolen and sold to a memorabilia shop five years ago.
As a freshman in East Lansing, Richardson played 37 games and averaged 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Spartans, who finished that season 32-7 and topped the Florida Gators 89-76 at the national championship game in Indianapolis. Richardson scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in the championship tilt, helping to earn Michigan State its first national title since 1979.
As a sophomore, Richardson played in 33 games and averaged a team-high 14.7 points to ...