JJ Redick roasts Chris Webber while reacting to TNT’s criticism of Joel Embiid
New Orleans Pelicans sharpshooter JJ Redick unintentionally roasted former NBA player and current TNT color commentator Chris Webber while answering to criticism of former Sixers teammate Joel Embiid from Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley.
Embiid was criticized by O’Neal and Barkley for not dominating like he can. He responded with a monster 38-point, 13-rebound, six-assist game against the Boston Celtics on Thursday — proving just how dominant a player he can be.
The 35-year-old Redick said he spoke with Embiid “at length” this summer before signing with the Pelicans and noted his former teammate has “matured a lot” after spending the last two seasons with him in Philly.
“I know that it hurts, I know that it matters to him, I know that he cares. I know that he wants to be great,” said Redick of Embiid’s situation, according to Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The real burn came when Redick admitted to watching Thursday’s game, but claiming he had it on mute since Webber was on the call.
“Saw a headline on ESPN. Heard a little bit of dialogue last night,” said Redick, according to Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I had the game on mute because Webber was doing it.”
This is refreshing coming from Redick. It’s comforting knowing NBA players also feel annoyed by the slew of former players turned analysts/commentators/broadcasters without the right mettle to do so.
Webber, Reggie Miller, and others have the tendency to do the broadcast like it’s another episode of NBA TV’s “Open Court,” sharing their experiences in the league and giving highly opinionated takes on players’ actions instead of using their time in the NBA to educate and provide another layer of insight into the game.
Redick is just another one of us, watching TNT games on mute because it’s the only thing that can make those games provide us with that daily dose of sanity.