I by no means thought I’d say, “You already know what, perhaps J.J. Redick doesn’t suck,” however he’s surprisingly insightful in his post-playing profession gig at ESPN. The previous Blue Satan understands how the present iteration of the sport is performed in addition to any analyst for the community and takes a refreshing strategy to evaluating eras when juxtaposed subsequent to the outdated heads. He additionally isn’t afraid to repeatedly insult Boston Celtics legends, which is excessive comedy.
Redick is polished on any medium, whether or not it’s on First Take, within the sales space, or behind a podcast microphone, and he does all three. He’s so good in actual fact that I don’t need to see him go full take artist. You by no means go full take artist, as a result of then it turns into extra about being loud than being logical.
I do know it’s tough for athletes and even sports activities media to not be aggressive. Determining who received, even when it’s not a race, is ingrained in people who find themselves (or cowl) winners or losers all through their careers. And you may see it. One in every of Redick’s finest qualities as a basketball participant was his drive. The man performed within the NBA for 15 years, was so much higher than his detractors had hoped, and seems to be equally motivated as a speaking head.
Redick utilizing his powers for idiocy
I believe what goes on throughout a taping of First Take is a number of the dumbest content material possible, and Redick is doing himself a disservice by partaking in it in any respect. He’s been a polarizing determine since school, and whether or not he’s desiring to lean into it, or making an attempt to be the voice of analytics, viewers will really feel a manner after a number of back-and-forths with Stephen A. Smith.
It’s akin to one among your favourite musical acts collaborating with McDonald’s or Maroon 5. I don’t know the way I really feel about Cardi B getting this massive. I perceive the cash and notoriety are good, but it surely’s beginning to muddle the main focus.
Is Redick the considerate former participant that gave Ben Simmons the protected house to provide his (albeit delusional) aspect of how issues went in Philly, or is he a shrewd media persona that knew Simmons can be an enormous draw and agreed to ask solely softball questions? The reply is probably going a little bit of each. Be that as it could, it’s honest to marvel how a lot of the motivation is journalistic, and the way a lot is capitalistic.
Redick dangers his integrity the extra he’s with silly
There’s a grey space that Redick may occupy as a sane analyst who hops on First Take often to disparage Bob Cousy, however largely is a presence on the aspect of sports activities media that doesn’t equate octaves to rankings. Lots of his arguments are fact-based, and analytics followers are all the time looking for validation. Having a former participant/present media member on their aspect additionally may function a bridge to the longtime retirees who nonetheless suppose numbers nerds dwell of their mother’s basement.
This present Icarus act jeopardizes that and can ultimately engulf him in flames — and dapping up Mad Canine after an anti-North Carolina rant is precisely the form of spark that can ignite it.
I’d by no means rip Redick for shitting on UNC. He went to Duke. That is the way it works. My subject was being an adjunct to Chris Russo’s efficiency artwork, which is exactly what ESPN is in search of. Decide a aspect and defend LeBron James like he’s household. If a powerful phrase from the rant can ALL-CAPS’D for the promotional tweet, even higher.
There are precise progressive conversations about sports activities available, and J.J. is nice at these. The morning block of ESPN shouldn’t be that.
Redick could view his burgeoning success as a sign of his expertise, but it surely’s trying increasingly like what he’s doing with these abilities is losing them.