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JJ Redick appears to take shot at former teams with praise of Pelicans

Pelicans, JJ Redick

In his 14-year career in the NBA, JJ Redick has donned several jerseys. According to him, however, his first year with the New Orleans Pelicans has been the best thus far.

Redick spoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the All The Smoke podcast where they talked about anything and everything basketball. Sans the unforeseen circumstances of the 2019-20 season, Redick heaped praise on the Pelicans organization and his teammates.

“Man, it’s been great, to be honest with you. This year, other than COVID and the bubble, my actual time in New Orleans was one of the least stressful, least drama-filled teams I’ve ever been on. It’s just a bunch of good dudes, man. When they’re good dudes already at 21 or 22, I feel like if you can get the right vets around them you can really have an impact on their careers,” JJ Redick shared of the Pelicans.

For some context, New Orleans is Redick’s fifth team in his 14-year career in the NBA. He spent the first seven and a half years in the league donning the Orlando Magic jersey.

Despite being considered one of the top prospects of his batch, Redick didn’t get ample playing time in his first three years in the league. And after reaching the NBA Finals in 2009, the Magic seemingly fell out of contention quickly.

While he did extremely well with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers, both teams didn’t perform up to par despite a loaded roster. Controversies followed both the Clippers and Sixers as well, primarily brought by the lack of success despite the high expectations.

The 36-year-old has one year left with the Pelicans. He’s well aware that the following season may be his last  in the NBA. But who knows, given how much fun he’s had in New Orleans, arrangements might be made.