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Pelicans’ JJ Redick turns emotional after seeing Markelle Fultz thrive with Magic

JJ Redick, Markelle Fultz

Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz had another noteworthy performance on Sunday, as he helped his side to a lopsided victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. The former first overall pick logged 10 points, two rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and a block in 30 minutes of play, en route to a 130-119 win for the Magic.

Following the matchup, Pelicans veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick shared his thoughts on Fultz’s resurgence. Redick and Fultz were teammates with the Philadelphia 76ers, and as it turns out, these two formed quite a bond during their time together:

“I’m being serious, I don’t want to get emotional about this, but it means a lot to me to see him play, period, and it means a lot that he has a smile on the court,” Redick said, via Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “I feel like he’s in a good place both mentally and physically, meaning he’s in the right spot in Orlando. I just love what the Magic have done in allowing him to grow and be himself. I will be a fan of that guy for hopefully the next 15 or 20 years. He’s a special kid.”

Markelle Fultz had a very challenging first few years in his career dealing with injury, and his stellar play for the Magic this season is definitely a welcome development. Obviously, JJ Redick could not agree more. The veteran shooting guard sees the “spirit” back in Fultz’s game, and he thinks the youngster will wind up having a long career:

“I know he loves the game, and so I just want him to enjoy the game. Sometimes the rise, or the ascension, to becoming a star player doesn’t happen as quickly for some guys, and he had a little setback. But I’m expecting him to have a great career.”

The NBA is without question one of the most competitive leagues in the entire planet, but these types of endearing narratives just goes to show that many of these players care for each other deeply.