Knicks Legend’s Son Takes Major Stride in Soccer Career

Published 09/05/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Former NBA great Micheal Ray Richardson spent half of his NBA career with the New York Knicks. He also played for Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets, which is now Brooklyn Nets. However, he had a short NBA career, and he plied his trade at different European teams for the majority of his career. But he featured for Long Island Knights and Albany Patroons before heading out to Europe.

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Micheal Ray played for eight different teams in Europe in his 14-year stint in the continent. He is a French League champion, two-time Italian Cup champion, and onetime Croatian Cup champion. It’s fair to say he had a successful European career. However, his son, Amir Richardson, has chosen soccer as his career, unlike Micheal.

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New York Knicks legend Micheal Ray’s son Amir Richardson has turned to soccer

Amir Richardson is a soccer player and plays for the second-tier French side Le Havre Athletic Club. According to NBA correspondent Marc Stein, the former Knicks star’s son has made six appearances for his club Le Havre in Ligue 2, the French second division. 19-year-old Amir is a midfielder and wears #24 for his club.

Amir Richardson made his debut for Le Havre last season when they played against eventual league champions ESTAC Troyes. The game was one to remember; the Normandy-based club beat the eventual champions 3-2.

Amir Richardson performed exceptionally in his debut game and played the whole 90 mins. He won the most tackles (6) in the game and was successful in thwarting Troyes’ attack.

Amir’s valiant display impressed Le Havre’s management, and they offered him his first professional contract in July this year ahead of the new season. Le Havre manager Paul Le Guen put his faith in the youngster ahead of the new season and gave him a substitute appearance in the first game of the season.

Amir played 27 mins in Le Havre’s goalless draw at home against Guingamp. Le Guen started Amir in the second match against Sochaux, away from home. The decision paid off as Le Havre registered their first win of that season.

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Amir then started the next four games for Le Havre playing in the midfield.

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Amir was named the Man of the Match in Le Havre’s last game against Bastia. Le Havre has won two games in the Ligue 2 so far, drawing three and losing one. They currently sit ninth in the league table with 9 points from six games. Le Havre will face Toulouse at home after the international break and Amir is expected to start.

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Abhishek Singh

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