JJ Redick announced his retirement after 15 seasons
15-year NBA veteran JJ Redick announced his retirement on his podcast “The Old Man and the Trio” on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Redick spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks and called the experience “a seven-month exercise to face my own sports death rate.”
Separated from his family on the East Coast, handled the COVID-19 agreement, and did not play according to his own standards, which had a serious impact on Redick’s decision.
“I want to give myself some time to reflect and figure out whether I want to continue the game,” Redick said. “This is one of the reasons I told the teams that called during free agency I would decide later. I don’t want to promise anything until I’m sure. Okay, I’m a little clear now, I know it’s time. It’s time for me to be a dad. It’s time for me to reflect and pause. It’s time to prepare for the next phase of my life.”
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) September 21, 2021
The Orlando Magic selected Redick with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
“As a 7-year-old boy, I dream of playing at Duke University as I grow older. I dream of playing in the NBA,” Redick said. “The basketball career of the past 30 years has exceeded my craziest dream.”
The 6-foot-4 guard has played for the Magic for six seasons, including the 2009 championship.
Redick said he will miss the game, the regular season and the pleasure of playing in front of 20,000 fans, but most importantly, he will miss the relationship he has built and the time with his teammates.
“In the past 15 years, it has been a real honor to join the NBA Brotherhood.”
Redick played for six NBA teams-the Magic, Lob City Los Angeles Clippers, 76ers, Bucks, Pelicans and Mavericks.
He made a total of 1,950 three-pointers, ranking 15th in NBA history.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson