JJ Redick’s thing is to make it rain on a basketball court, and seemingly the further away he stands from the rim, the better the show. Few players have shot jumpers more proficiently at such a high volume level and Redick has been rightly recognized for his sharpshooting skills in the past, including by Kirk Goldsberry in this preseason’s The Absolute Best Shooters of this NBA Decade.
In addition, if you haven’t learned yet, Redick is extremely competent behind a microphone as The JJ Redick Podcast with Tommy Alter on The Ringer is one of the best listens around. He brings on great guests and the conversations are always worth a fan’s while. Redick’s delivery is intelligent and, when appropriate, humorous, but I also guarantee that you’ll acquire some new knowledge about the game or a player.
For instance, did you know that both Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have a routine of going to arenas while on the road the night before games to work on their shots and other things with New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson?
How has @ZO2_ worked on changing his shooting form since he joined the Pelicans?— The Ringer (@ringer) April 15, 2020
He explains the process to @jj_redick and @talter.
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Having said all that, though, I want to turn your attention to a new development: Redick recently reappeared on Twitter after a self-imposed hiatus of about a year and a half and he’s quickly become one of my favorite follows on social media.
Take a look at what he posted this morning and then the following interaction with Trae Young.
LOL. You f$cked me up.— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 15, 2020
Over the last couple of days, Redick’s replied to Swin Cash and David Griffin, but he’s also weighed in on certain matters, like the much-maligned 8-player NBA HORSE tournament that featured Sunday on ESPN.
H-O-R-S-E could not be worse. I gave it 5 min. Hard pass.— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 12, 2020
During these dark COVID-19 times, the honesty is quite refreshing in my opinion, and more importantly, Redick has no qualms about shooting out replies to fans. But a word of caution: tread lightly because lousy ridicule will be met with either good-fun wit or some timely and necessary snark.
Sounds like an awfully long game in the backyard.— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 13, 2020
If you are entertained by that then I can come up with like 12-15 things that will equally entertain— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 13, 2020
That’s such a terrible take I’m laughing.— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 12, 2020
Yep! Just stand in the corner. You don’t watch the NBA do you?— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) April 13, 2020
I love it. All of it. Thank you, JJ, and please, don’t ever stop.