J.J. Redick had the best four years of his professional career with the L.A. Clippers, but as it panned out, the glory beyond being one of the most lethal three-point specialists dwindled during his last couple of seasons with the team.
The Duke standout shot a remarkable 40 percent or higher during all of his four seasons with the team, also boasting the highest-scoring campaigns of his career as a legitimate starter, but there was more than a financial reap that lured him away from the Clippers.
“It’s sh**ty to say this, but I think I’ve had a loss of joy. I look at our team and how we play, and there’s no joy in it,” Redick said in his documentary on Uninterrupted. “That bothers me.”
“I don’t think 18 months ago, I don’t think that I was even… I was open to leaving. I thought I would retire here. The NBA will teach you that things can change very quickly.”
At the beginning of the documentary, Redick was seen pondering “What is the point of all of this?” after a painful Game 7 home loss to the Utah Jazz in the first round.
The Clippers have been known to take one step forward before taking another backward, making his four-year tenure with the team more or less of the same song and dance.
Whether it was leadership, injuries, or lack of execution, L.A. hasn’t been able to get past the second round, and with the core of the team remaining intact throughout his stint, it left no other choice but to look for greener pastures.