JJ Redick Interview on NBA Coaching Rumors, Mental Health, Podcast


The white kid who can shoot threes is rarely the most popular guy on the field – especially if you play him duke. That’s just how things are. Even if you are JJ Redick, one of the greatest three-point shooters in college basketball history, he may still remember you. Most hated athlete in college basketball More than a decade later. However, the retired NBA star and ESPN take first The analyst has since become one of the most popular media personalities in the NBA.


“When I was 18 or 19, I felt like everyone hated me,” Riddick told me after filming Draft Kings. The five living beginnings of the compound video series. He just talked on camera about the upcoming NBA games on Christmas Day and the state of the NBA for over an hour — but now it’s time to check out the guy himself. “Because of the treatment, you basically end up feeling only relief [with criticism],” he said. “But there are still people who hate me.” Detractors, however, may be few and far between. On Uber’s wildly popular podcast, The old man and the threeRiddick interviewed Stephen Curry, Hasan Minhaj, Sue Bird, and even his embellished take first owner Stephen A. smith, For example, but not limited. But Riddick doesn’t want to let the back-and-forth media narrative get to his head. An “inflated sense of self,” as he put it, could be just as bad.

Of course, no one is the same person they were in college, and Redick’s experiences clearly benefit him when you listen to The old man and the three. It’s here, despite all the media available to NBA athletes, that players feel most human. Even with all the ego in the league, they’re coming down to Redick To talk about their struggles—maintaining a positive mindset in the face of loss, forming a routine to keep up with challenging travel schedules, and the nerve-wracking experience of not knowing what city you’ll live in before trading.

It can be easy to express yourself when you know that the person in front of you was once the most hated kid in basketball. Hell, maybe JJ is transforming how the NBA media course works because of the how Needlessly awful was his. either way, The old man and the three He delivers some of the most original and engaging conversations in sports today. To Redick and his guests we are at home? It feels like therapy.

ESQUIRE: How’s it going, JJ? I know you talk a lot today.

JJ Reddick: Good. Sometimes I get tired of hearing my own voice.

You’ve talked a lot about your experience in therapy, and I feel like mental health is an important topic on your podcast as well. You can get guys to talk about forming a routine and overhauling their mental health.

It’s weird because, especially with the older guys, DeMar [DeRozan] Great example – or the Joakim Noah episode. I finished those episodes and it felt like I had a therapy session. The player feels this way too. We talk about it off camera. But I think that’s the point of the podcast. To pull back the curtain, give you an inside perspective on the lives of the players and different moments of their careers. But it’s really about telling stories and humanizing these athletes that so many people respect.

Have you ever found it difficult to talk to the players who were your friends when you were active in the league, or the players you played against who are your opponents?

No, and the reason I say that is because friends who came to the show – so Ben Simmons Jr. Holiday, Joel [Embiid]C.P [Chris Paul]- They’re the guys I played with and they have a great relationship. its very easy. Guys I don’t necessarily know very well the reason I’m on the show is because I respect the shit out of them and I admire them. And I won’t get over someone if I’m like, “I hate this guy.”

Duke retired Riddick’s jersey in 2007, only adding to his legend as a Blue Devil.

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Obviously, this is something I used to talk about now – but do you find it difficult to talk to guests on your podcast about loss or learn from loss?

No, because for the most part, I think when we have a guest, whether I know them or not, I have a general sense of how they handle it. And I used the term “sicko” with Draymond and CP this past January. This was the first time he conceived of this term for a patient. And there are times where in the middle of an interview with someone I don’t know, I realize that person is sick. That’s when I realized we can go to some dark places and they’re comfortable doing that. And those are the really interesting interviews for me.

As someone who played more than 15 years in the league—and even made it to the Finals—but never escaped a championship title, how would you define what a successful NBA career would be like?

Probably every gamer wants to be an all-star. Every player wants to win a championship. Every player wants to make a lot of money. And if those are the only indicators of a successful career, then honestly, there are very few players who have played in the NBA and had a successful career. I disagree with that. I believe that a successful career is a person who increases his talents. I never would have guessed I would have played 15, played deep in the playoffs several times, tallied the number of points I scored, and started games for eight years. Thus, I feel like I have boosted my career. Did I end up without some of that other stuff? Yes, I would like to be an All-Star. And most importantly, I would have loved to win the championship. It’s something I’m still bitter in some ways — that I didn’t win at Duke. I’ll be bitter 30 years from now that I didn’t get championship experience. I’ve talked to my therapist about this and no matter how I frame it, I’m like, “Paul, you’re wrong. I’m going to be mad forever.”

You can play 15 years in the league, and only get so many chances to actually be on a championship team. It is not given. I remember losing the Finals… watching the Lakers celebrate. And I was like, “I’m just going to burn this in my memory because we’re coming back here next year.” I never made it back to the finals. I thought we’d be back. Little did I know that was a missed opportunity. I didn’t realize it at the time. This is part of the bitterness. That’s part of the anger. I didn’t realize I was angry until a couple of months ago. I loved my career. I just loved every moment of it…and it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that I was literally in a hot Vinyasa flow class, and we got to the end and I was sitting there and I got so emotional. And I said, “Dude, you got some anger. You got some anger.”

I’ll be bitter 30 years from now that I didn’t get championship experience. I’ve talked to my therapist about this and no matter how you frame it, I’m like, ‘Paul, you’re wrong. I’m going to be crazy forever.’

News broke the other week when she turned down a potential coaching gig along with the Boston Celtics’ new interim head coach, Joe Mazzola. Have you ever considered trying to recapture that success, but on the training side?

It’s funny because I’ve had a lot of coaches throughout my career tell me I’ll coach when I’m done. Or they will try. Rick [Carlisle] It was like this in Dallas. He said, “You should practice. You’ll love it.” I was there two and a half months, and I spent a lot of time with Rick. It was very good for me. document [Rivers] He will always tell me that. I’m like, “Doctor, there’s no fucking way I’m going to train.” And then, last spring, I just started thinking: Maybe i want to practice. I always thought if I did something in basketball it would be front office because I like the intellectual element of it. And I love the idea of ​​not only managing people, but other people managing me. Collaboration element for front office.

But there is just something about being in action. And I think it probably started around the time I first started connecting to the games. Because you are back. You are part of the experience. You are part of the game. For me, this may have been the starting point. Then I got four at random without asking, “Do you want to coach? Do you want to join the task force?” [messages] from different teams. And honestly, I thought of two of them. Not just the Celtics – sorry, I thought of another one. I didn’t feel the timing was right. Perhaps the timing will never be right. And maybe the media stuff will eventually be something from 20 to 30 years old. I just know what I’m doing now seems like the right thing.

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“I didn’t feel like the timing was right,” Reddick says of passing on two NBA coaching jobs. “Maybe the timing will never be right. And maybe it will end up informing for 20 to 30 years. I just know what I’m doing now seems like the right thing.”

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When did you feel this way? When I started thinking, “Oh, I guess this works?”

The podcast felt great, it sounded bad to say this, but I felt like a burden when I was playing simply because I had so much of my time, energy, and focus invested in training, working, sleeping, and eating right. And it wasn’t until I retired that I realized how much I really enjoyed doing podcasts. And then we have stuff with DraftKings now, I absolutely love doing that. It was great working with them. So, I have these 3 components in my life now. It just feels like it fits together and that feels right to me.

What do you wish people would take away when they listen to it The old man and the three?

insight. I accepted the fact that if that was the case take firstAnd the Or a game, or a podcast, there will be people who disagree with what you said or have a different opinion. that’s good. But I think for someone who wants a legit view, a component of education, and hopefully an element of humor as well, [they’ll find it in The Old Man and the Three.] Even when calling a game, there’s probably something I see that the viewer doesn’t. This insight. And that’s really the point.

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I know your children are old enough now to see you on TV and to know you. What is this like? Especially since they play basketball.

I mean, I didn’t think they had a solid understanding of what I did. They knew I played basketball. They didn’t really get into it until I retired. Then they got into basketball and started collecting trading cards and watching YouTube highlights.

Does he watch JJ’s videos?

pull them out. Occasionally, this is annoying to me because it brings back some – I don’t know if PTSD is the right word – but it does bring back bad memories. He loves watching standout montages, so it’s going to be the worst judges’ calls of the 2000s. Or he will watch the bell. And for some reason, every time he watches a feature video of a bell-beater montage, I walk into the exact moment Kawhi Leonard beats us when I was with Philly and he was in Toronto. I’m like, “How does this always happen? Do you repeat this?”

Now, my eight-year-old son plays six days a week on two different teams. And he is just in love. It’s great to see you as a father. He’s on an AAU type team, even though he’s an eight-year-old, I’m coaching him by the way. Yhen does this Rec League in town every Tuesday. Last night was their last game of the season. They lost in sudden death overtime. Play like a hero. He had to guard the other team’s best player. And he was emotionally drained. He got really emotional after the loss. And I’m like, “I’m glad the loss matters to you.” Then he’s upset because they haven’t played a game for three weeks. The child just wants to play and compete. And as a father, it’s like, nah. This is the coolest thing ever.

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