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Ex-Pelicans teammate has worrisome take on Zion Williamson’s health

Zion Williamson shooting in practice

Zion Williamson has played in just 85 career games in three NBA seasons. Now one of his old teammates is offering a concerning take on his health.

Retired ex-New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick, who recently became an analyst for ESPN, hosted a conference call on Monday. One of the questions Redick received, per Ian Begley of SportsNet New York, was if Pelicans fans should be worried about Williamson staying with the team long-term.

“Of course I would be worried just in general about Zion, given his injury history,” said Redick. “There’s certainly a lot more at play here than whether he ends up leaving the Pelicans in five years or four years or whatever it is.

“Zion has to be in better shape,” Redick went on. “That’s not a secret. And he’s got to get healthy. And I think if Zion’s out on the court with Brandon [Ingram] and the young nucleus they have, there’s a lot to be excited about if I was a Pelicans fan.”

Redick played with Williamson on the Pelicans for two seasons. Williamson still has yet to make his season debut after undergoing right foot surgery in the summer. Now there are rumors swirling that Williamson weighs over 300 pounds, which grew louder after a recent video of him warming up.

The 21-year-old Williamson relies on athleticism and physical play in order to be effective. He has already dealt with a number of lower-body injuries in his young NBA career, and the problem could get even worse if Williamson does not start taking better care of himself soon.

Photo: Mar 4, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) laughs while warming up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

JJ Redick had emotional moment with ex-‘Lob City’ teammate before retiring

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JJ Redick is officially hanging up his jersey, but he wishes that his career could have played out differently with one particular ex-teammate.

During the latest episode of his “The Old Man and the Three” podcast, Redick revealed that he had an emotional moment with his former LA Clippers teammate Chris Paul before publicly announcing his retirement from the NBA. Redick said that his inner circle knew he was retiring but that he felt he had one last phone call to make.

“I had this, like, weird feeling,” said Redick. “I was like, ‘I feel like I need to make one more call.’ And I realized who that call was. It was Chris. I called Chris, and I don’t wanna get emotional, but I called him.

“I told him what was happening,” Redick went on. “What I said to him was, ‘The only thing I would change about my career in terms of an outcome, I wish I had won a championship. If there was one person that I played with in my career that I could win that championship with, it was you.’ And I mean that sincerely. I wish it was Chris.”

Redick and Paul were the Clippers’ starting backcourt for four seasons during the team’s “Lob City” days. It was an era of regular season success but playoff failure as those Clippers never made it past the second round.

Not all of Paul’s former Clipper teammates hold him in high regard. But Redick obviously has a very meaningful connection with Paul that will last well beyond their playing days.

JJ Redick considering retirement?

JJ Redick

JJ Redick has been in the NBA for a decade-and-a-half now, and that may be good enough for him.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported this week that the veteran shooting guard has an apparent desire to land with either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. If Redick is unable to agree to terms with either franchise, Fischer adds, rival executives speculate that he could retire instead.

Redick recently said on his “Old Man and The Three” podcast that he does not plan to attend a training camp this year and could join a team several months into the new NBA season. The 37-year-old remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

Though he only made 44 total appearances last season, Redick still shot a solid 37.1 percent from three. That kind of skill will always have a place on a championship contender. Redick’s family also lives in the Brooklyn borough of New York, which explains his desire to land with one of those two teams.

Redick still has yet to win an NBA title in 15 seasons. If he cannot find the right situation for himself though, it sounds like Redick may be willing to just walk away, perhaps to focus on creating quality viral content full-time.

JJ Redick disses David Griffin again, thinks he snitched on Bulls, Heat for tampering

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The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are both under investigation for possible tampering violations, and JJ Redick thinks he knows who blew the whistle.

Redick took another shot at New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin this week on his “The Old Man and the Three” podcast. Redick indicated that Griffin was the one who snitched to the league about tampering.

“It’s a little bit for show probably, I guess,” he said of the NBA investigation. “I don’t know. I think you would probably have to ask the guy who’s asking for the investigation. Some teams cleared a ton of cap space to get Kyle [Lowry], and it didn’t happen. And then Lonzo leaving so you have to ask that guy, that guy complaining.”

It is not hard to tell that Redick was referring to Griffin. Ball left Griffin’s Pelicans to sign with the Bulls. New Orleans was also mentioned as one of the teams with interest in signing Lowry before he ended up with the Heat.

Redick has his own personal axe to grind with Griffin. He was not pleased with Griffin for trading him to the Dallas Mavericks, saying Griffin broke his word to trade Redick to a city closer to Redick’s family. But seeing as the Pelicans had ties to both free agents linked to the tampering probe, it is not too far-fetched that Griffin was the one who sounded the alarm.

H/T NBA Reddit

JJ Redick takes brutal shot at Pelicans fans

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There is clearly no love lost between JJ Redick and the New Orleans Pelicans, and now even fans of the team are catching a stray.

The ex-Pelicans guard responded this week to a fan on Twitter who called him out over the way his time with the team ended. Redick was unhappy with the way that he was treated by Pelicans executive David Griffin, but the fan pointed out that New Orleans did right by another one of their former players, Jrue Holiday. Redick replied that he gotten over it months ago.

That then led to a brutal back-and-forth where Redick called out the Pelicans fanbase, referring to them as “All 12 of u.”

Redick then stated that New Orleans was actually his favorite city he had ever lived in and clowned the fan for acting like Griffin’s burner account.

The 37-year-old Redick was with the Pelicans for two seasons but got traded to the Mavericks at the deadline in March. Dallas was not one of Redick’s preferred trade destinations, as he thought he had an understanding that Griffin would facilitate a move to put him closer to his family in Brooklyn.

Regardless, there seems to be drama in the Pelicans organization right now, even beyond the episode with Redick.

JJ Redick criticizes David Griffin, accuses Pelicans of dishonesty

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Veteran guard J.J. Redick accused New Orleans Pelicans executive VP David Griffin and the team’s front office of dishonest treatment surrounding Redick’s trade to the Dallas Mavericks.

On Wednesday, Redick spent time on his “Old Man & the Three” podcast discussing the Pelicans’ handling of him this season. He said he had requested a trade in November, in part because of the difficulties of his family in Brooklyn to come visit him during the season. Redick claims Griffin told him to come down for a month and if that did not change Redick’s mind, the Pelicans would find a situation elsewhere that he was happy with.

Redick went on to say that he expected to be bought out once a trade did not happen by February, and was “shocked’ when he was shipped to the Mavericks, saying the team never came up in discussions with New Orleans.

“I don’t think you’re going to get honesty from that front office, objectively speaking,” Redick said, via Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “That’s not an opinion, I just don’t think you’re gonna get that. I don’t think what happened with me is necessarily an isolated incident. I think front offices around the league operate in their best interest. I get that. I understand that.

“Truthfully… I think I was a little naive thinking I was in Year 15 and I attempted to do things right throughout my career. But in terms of this front office, yeah, it’s not something where I would expect certainly the agents who worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again.”

It’s certainly not great for the Pelicans if this reputation sticks. Players pay attention to this sort of thing, and Redick’s bad experience might resonate with others. It could potentially lead to some veterans thinking twice before agreeing to join the Pelicans depending on the circumstances.

Maybe the father of one of Redick’s ex-teammates actually has a point about the New Orleans organization.

Photo: Verse Photography/Flickr via CC-by-SA 2.0

Report: These three contenders have interest in JJ Reddick

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The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly open to trading JJ Redick, and it sounds like the veteran sharpshooter could land with one of three Eastern Conference contenders.

Reddick has drawn interest from the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. New Orleans has focused on talks with those three teams to this point.

Redick’s family lives in the Brooklyn area, and Charania reports that the 36-year-old would prefer to play for a team in the northeast. Any of the aforementioned teams meet that criteria.

Redick played for the 76ers for two seasons prior to joining the Pelicans. He is currently playing under a $13.1 million expiring contract.

The Pelicans are off to a 7-11 start in a very competitive Western Conference. It seems highly unlikely that they will make the playoffs, which is why they are open to trading Redick and another key player.

Photo: Verse Photography/Flickr via CC-by-SA 2.0

Lonzo Ball has become much improved shooter, says teammate JJ Redick

Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball is getting some rave reviews for his shooting ability by someone who would certainly know.

New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick told reporters on Saturday that Ball, his fourth-year teammate, has turned himself into “a great shooter.”

“I literally tell him every f—ing day to shoot the ball,” said Redick, per Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “I hate when he passes up good shots.”

Redick, one of the best pure shooters in NBA history at a 41.6 percent career mark from deep, is entering his second season as teammates with Ball. The 23-year-old Ball has faced much criticism in his career thus far for his shaky shooting and unconventional form. He took a step forward last year though, attempting 6.3 triples per game and connecting on 37.5 percent of them, both career highs.

Ball was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason, but he could be quietly setting himself up for a breakout in the 2020-21 campaign.

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JJ Redick roasts Stan Van Gundy’s coaching style in funny interview

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J.J. Redick spent several years playing for Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic early in his career, and the two have been reunited now that Van Gundy is the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Redick can barely hide his excitement about that.

Redick spoke with reporters on Friday about what Van Gundy will bring to New Orleans. He said the Pelicans should be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA under the coach before hilariously bemoaning how hard players are going to have to work in practice.

“We’ll have great discipline. We’ll have great rules. We’ll drill the s— out of everything. You can tell I’m super-excited about it,” Redick said sarcastically. “Can’t wait for training camp. Seriously, how did I end up with this in Year 15? I’ve gotta f—ing do this s— all over again with Stan.”

Redick was clearly trying to needle Van Gundy, with whom he has a close relationship. When he was done laughing about having to play for Van Gundy again, Redick took a more serious tone and said he believes the Pelicans will be “great on (the defensive) side of the ball.”

You can watch the funny exchange below, but beware that it contains inappropriate language:

Van Gundy’s teams are consistently in the top 10 of the NBA defensively. The Detroit Pistons were never outside the top 10 in the league in defense during his four seasons with the team, so his track record is proven. That is one of the reasons the Pelicans wanted to hire him, as they were fifth in the NBA with 115.8 points per game last season but allowed 117.1 points per game, which ranked 27th.

If you want proof that Redick actually is happy about playing for Van Gundy again, look no further than this.

JJ Redick had big role in recruiting Stan Van Gundy to Pelicans

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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.

H/T NBA Reddit