The New Orleans Pelicans’ hire of Stan Van Gundy seemed at least slightly unexpected, but perhaps it is less so when you consider who is on the roster.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst revealed on “The Jump” this week that veteran guard JJ Redick played a big role in recruiting Van Gundy to the Pelicans. Redick played for Van Gundy on the Orlando Magic for five seasons from 2007 to 2012. They also made the NBA Finals together in 2009.
The 36-year-old Redick just finished his first year with the Pelicans. While he averaged a typical 15.3 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting from three, it was the first time in his entire career that he missed the playoffs.
New Orleans has an upstart young team to be excited about though, giving Van Gundy a lot to work with. They may be looking to bring in some other old friends as well.
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The Philadelphia 76ers fared notably worse this season than they did last season, and JJ Redick seems to think that his departure had something to do with it.
The New Orleans Pelicans guard appeared this week on the “All the Smoke” podcast. In the interview, Redick clowned the Sixers for not re-signing him.
“They f—ed up not bringing me back, man,” said Redick. “They f—ed up not bringing me back.
“I think they probably realized they needed a little more shooting,” he went on. “The thing with me in Philly though, it wasn’t just about the shooting. You need people in the locker room. You just need those guys. I’m friends, I literally was texting with Ben [Simmons] and Jo[el Embiid] the other day. We don’t consider the relationship part of it as much as we should.”
Redick, 36, was on the Sixers for two seasons from 2017 to 2019. They won a playoff series in each of those years but got swept out of the first round this year. The Sixers proved to have a tough time replicating both Redick’s floor-spacing ability in the starting lineup as well as his steady veteran leadership.
Redick went on to sign with the Pelicans but ended up missing the playoffs for the first time in his career. He previously stated that he wanted to retire with the Sixers, and it looks like both sides were worse off after the split.
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Even if JJ Redick is 36, he still thinks he has a lot left in the rank.
Speaking this week with Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports, the veteran sharpshooter spoke on his ambitions for continuing his playing career.
“I realized this year I want to keep playing as long as possible,” said Redick. “My goal is to play four more years. Year 18. That’s my goal. I’ll play to 39. Then my offseason, I’ll turn 40 and then I can walk away at that point. That’s my goal. We’ll see. The body has to hold up. But we’ll see.”
While Redick just missed the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career, he had a strong season nonetheless with the New Orleans Pelicans. Redick put up 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game on 45.3 percent three-point shooting, the second-highest mark of his career. He is under contract with New Orleans for $13 million in the 2020-21 season.
Multiple veteran marksmen such as Kyle Korver and Jamal Crawford are still playing at or near 40 years of age. Redick certainly seems like the type who could do so as well, especially with how young he looked in the bubble.
Jrue Holiday is widely considered to be one of the best defensive players in the NBA, but the league did not acknowledge him as such this season. Some of the New Orleans Pelicans guard’s peers are baffled by that.
The NBA announced its All-Defensive First and Second Teams on Tuesday, and Holiday did not make the cut. That left players around the league scratching their heads. JJ Redick, Holiday’s teammate, tweeted that Holiday was snubbed because it is “nearly unanimous” that he’s considered the best defensive guard in the NBA. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard agreed.
Ben Simmons and Marcus Smart were the two guards on the All-Defensive First Team. Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe and Kawhi Leonard made the Second Team.
Holiday’s teammates have said he is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Lillard and Redick discussed the topic about a month ago on Redick’s “The Old Man and The Three” podcast, when Lillard called Holiday “the best defender in the league” among guards.
The Pelicans swept Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs two years ago, so Lillard’s opinion holds weight. Holiday made life miserable for him in that series, holding Lillard to 18.5 points per game on 35 percent shooting from the field.
There are always going to be snubs when awards are handed out, but Holiday’s seems particularly egregious given the way his fellow players feel about him.
Players have only been at the NBA bubble in Orlando for a few days now, but they are already finding creative ways to stay busy while following quarantine orders. For JJ Redick, that involved slamming a beer during a post-practice soak.
Reddick shared a photo on Saturday of a water fountain that was out of use due to health and safety protocols, so the New Orleans Pelicans veteran opted for a Bud Light instead. He then said he would shotgun a Bud Light the next day if he got 10,000 retweets.
The retweets came pouring in, so Redick made good on his promise. He did some “multitasking” while sitting in an ice bath after practice.
We’ve heard a variety of complaints from players about the Orlando bubble already, but Redick seems to be getting by just fun. Life could be worse.
NBA players are expected to strictly adhere to rules that prevent them from leaving the so-called bubble in Orlando, but some frustration seems to be setting in among players about these rules and regulations.
New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick seemed particularly confused by a report that Disney support staff would not be subject to the restrictions of the bubble, even though players and league staff will be. That confusion and frustration seemed to be echoed by some of his fellow players, such as Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson.
We’ve been hearing over the last couple days that there is a group of NBA players who aren’t convinced that the league’s return is a good idea.
Players are assuming added risk traveling to Orlando to play in these games. The Florida Department of Health reported a record daily high of new COVID-19 cases in the state on consecutive days. The percentage of higher positive test cases was up Thursday by around two percent, though the amount of COVID-related hospitalizations has trended downwards. Florida governor Ron DeSantis attributed the rise in positive cases to spread among prisons and agricultural workers.
Add in the inconsistency of some staff being subject to fewer restrictions, and it’s easy to see how this is quickly becoming frustrating for them.
Donald Sterling was an absolute disgrace of an NBA owner, and we are getting another testament to that this week.
Speaking on Monday with TNT’s Ernie Johnson, LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers revealed that Sterling attempted to nix the team’s acquisition of JJ Redick in 2013 because he did not like white players.
“JJ changed his mind, I think he was going to sign with Minnesota,” Rivers recalled. “I literally talked JJ out of it. ‘Come play with me, come play with the Clippers, with Chris Paul and DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and Blake [Griffin]. You’d be a great fit. The trade’s done, or the free agent signing is done, JJ agrees, I jump on a plane, I fly back to Orlando, and I get a call from [then-Clippers president] Andy Roeser. [He] says, ‘Hey the deal’s off.’ I say, ‘What do you mean the deal’s off?’ ‘Donald doesn’t like white players.’ And I said, ‘Excuse me?’ ‘Donald Sterling said no.’ I said, ‘Well we’ve already agreed!’
“So I land, I’m in the garage of the Orlando airport,” Rivers added. “I get a call from Coach K [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski], who’s upset because of JJ. I get a call from JJ’s agent, I think it was Arn Tellem, who’s screaming at me.”
Rivers then described how he went on to call up Sterling himself and had a heated conversation with him, saying that he would not let Sterling ruin his reputation. The phone call ended with Rivers saying that he was quitting his job with the Clippers and hanging up. Only at that point did Sterling finally relent and allow the Redick deal to go through.
Rivers, only a few weeks into his Clippers tenure at the time, ultimately stayed with the team and remains their coach to this day. Meanwhile, the acquisition of Redick, who became a pivotal part of their offense with his floor-spacing and shotmaking ability, was ultimately massive for the Clippers.
As for Sterling, he was, of course, banned from the NBA for life in 2014 after being caught on tape making ugly, racist remarks to his former mistress. That opened the door for current owner Steve Ballmer to buy the Clippers. Granted, Sterling was a well-known racist even before then, and his presence actually deterred some huge-name talent from signing with the team.
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The NBA tried to give desperate sports fans some entertainment in the form of a televised HORSE competition, but it appears to be going down horribly.
The first round of the competition aired on ESPN Sunday night, and got very bad reviews. The harshest criticism came from New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick, who deemed the competition unwatchable after just five minutes.
Fans were immediately put off by the low quality of the video and the shaky handheld camerawork. That, combined with the fact that the competition just didn’t make for exciting television, led to a lot of critical feedback.
The recent NBA 2K tournament seems to have gone down better, in part because some people actually learned something from it. The HORSE tournament, on the other hand, just doesn’t seem to be hitting the mark.
The Philadelphia 76ers are losing another key piece of their roster to free agency.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Redick has agreed to a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, joining up with one of the league’s most intriguing young teams.
It’s a significant loss for the 76ers, who relied on Redick as a big part of their offense, and not just for his perimeter shooting ability. It’s also a very nice addition for the Pelicans, as Redick joins Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram in the overhauled roster. They’ll contend for a playoff spot and will be one of the most interesting teams in the league to watch this season.
JJ Redick was left with a bloody mouth after being caught by a Danny Green elbow in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Green was trying to post up on Redick down low midway through the third quarter. He appeared to catch Redick with an elbow in the mouth. Redick was complaining to the officiating crew that a foul should have been called.
All of the complaining from Redick led him to be called for a technical foul.
Kawhi Leonard made the technical free throw and Green made both of his free throws for being fouled on the shot. All the free throw makes put Toronto up 76-64.