JJ Redick joins ESPN as an NBA analyst
JJ Redick has joined ESPN as an NBA analyst, the network announced on Wednesday. The 15-year veteran retired from the sport last month after a career with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.
ESPN announced he will make his studio debut ahead of the Nov. 3 game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks.
“After 15 years in the NBA, I am excited to take what I have learned on the court and be able to provide my insight and strong opinions about the game I love,” Redick said in a press release. “I am thrilled to have found a place on the biggest platform in sports, ESPN. I look forward to starting my post player career with such an incredible organization.”
David Roberts, ESPN’s senior vice president of NBA and studio production, said, “JJ’s unique perspective and tremendous insight further enhance the depth of our team. The fact he’s played with and against some of the biggest names in the NBA is yet another attribute that will better serve NBA fans.”
Redick will contribute to several studio and radio shows on the network as well as serve as an analyst for select NBA games on ESPN.
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What Redick brings to ESPN
Josh Robbins, Wizards senior writer: He’ll fit right in immediately, just like Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins fit in from the outset of their TV careers.
Redick has a sense of humor that people don’t expect if they had rooted against him during his Duke days or watched him play in the NBA. Will he have an avenue to convey that sense of humor? Will it translate to TV? I don’t know.
I suspect Redick will bring a voice that is very much slanted in favor of the players. Indeed, the most interesting thing to watch when sports figures go into broadcast journalism is whether they are willing to criticize their former peers. Former coaches typically are reluctant to criticize coaches. Former players typically are reluctant to criticize players. And that’s why Charles Barkley is so special: He says what he thinks, even if he’s critical of players.