Former Blue Devil JJ Redick, who set the Duke and ACC career scoring records before going on to a long NBA career, has decided to call it a career.
On his podcast, The Old Man and the Three, Redick said he was facing a serious operation on his Achilles which would involve basically shaving his heel bone and then reattaching the tendon and decided that, at 37, it was too much to overcome.
So he’s stepping away from the court and excited about spending more time with his family.
He started at Duke with a reputation for being cocky and arrogant and realized that was a problem and fixed it.
He was a marginal NBA player for a couple of years before hard work made him a desirable player and teammate. He leaves with a reputation as a brilliant shooter, a tremendous teammate and a guy who never, ever cut corners.
Redick earned his place in the league and he departs with immense respect. We don’t know what he’ll do next, although he’ll continue with his podcast, but whatever he does, we’re sure he’ll do very well at it.
On his podcast, Redick talked about how he wanted to play for Duke from the time he was seven and saw Christian Laettner CUT THE STILL BEATING HEART OUT OF KENTUCKY in the 1992 Eastern regional finals.
Now Jaden Schutt comes to Duke after having studied Redick’s brilliant form and he’s not the only one. He’s been a much bigger influence than he may realize.
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