July 18, 2024
Los Angeles Lakers Hire Former Duke Star JJ Redick as Head Coach

JJ Redick, Duke’s all-time leading scorer, is stepping into the professional coaching arena. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have selected Redick as their new head coach, with the team confirming the news on June 24. Redick’s four-year contract marks his first coaching role at either the collegiate or professional level. He previously enjoyed a 15-year NBA career, playing for six teams, including the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers. After retiring from playing, Redick transitioned to an analyst role with ESPN, where he covered this year’s NBA Finals alongside Mike Breen and Doris Burke.

During his time with the Duke Blue Devils, Redick was honored as the National Player of the Year in 2006 and twice named ACC Player of the Year. His achievements have been commemorated with the retirement of his No. 4 jersey in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Redick also co-hosts the “Mind the Game” podcast with current Laker LeBron James, focusing on in-depth basketball analysis. Despite their collaboration, James was reportedly not involved in the coaching selection process.

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Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Redick will be the Lakers’ third coach in five years, succeeding Darwin Ham, who was dismissed in May. Redick joins Hawks coach Quin Snyder as another former Duke player now coaching in the NBA.

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