Sixers’ J.J. Redick claims Chinese crowd politely booed him during perfect shooting night
Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick could not be stopped during Friday’s 120-114 preseason win against the Dallas Mavericks, but the 6-foot-4 veteran also couldn’t stop the boos from the Chinese crowd at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, despite going a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor in an incandescent 28-point night.
Redick was booed during player introductions and every time he touched the ball. He apologized last season after he recorded a video for Chinese media company Tencent in which he sounded like he used a racist slur. He attributed it to being “tongue tied,” according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“It was the most polite booing that I’ve ever received in my life,” said Redick after connecting in all of his 10 shots, including 7-of-7 from deep, along with a 4-point play before the end of the first half. “I mean, they booed and they cheered. It was like, ‘We’re mad at you, but we appreciate the way you shoot a basketball.'”
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Redick’s jumper was wetter than the oceans, nailing picture-perfect jump shots since stepping foot on the court, a trait that obviously carried into the Sixers’ third preseason game.
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The 34-year-old shooting guard missed his media day obligations, as well as the recent open practice due to gastroenteritis, coming in as questionable for Friday’s game before coach Brett Brown gave him the green light to play.
Redick did not disappoint, putting up 19 points in the first half before adding another nine in the third quarter, getting a superstar’s rest in the fourth as the Sixers reserves took the court for the remainder of the game.