Duke basketball legend stunningly interviews for head coaching job
Duke basketball legend JJ Redick has been linked to an NBA coaching vacancy.
The Duke basketball coaching tree might be expanding and it’s not anything remotely close to what you could be thinking.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday afternoon that former Blue Devil JJ Redick interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in the Toronto Raptors organization as a part of the “first-round of candidates to meet with franchise leadership.”
Redick, outside of youth basketball in which his sons participate, has not been a head coach or assistant coach of a basketball team at any level.
The Duke icon was the National Player of the Year in 2006, as well as gathering plenty of more accolades during his time in Durham, and spent 15 seasons in the NBA within the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Dallas Mavericks organizations.
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Toronto fired head coach Nick Nurse in late April after seeing its season end in the Play-In Round of the NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls.
The 38-year old is one of nearly a dozen candidates to go through the first round of interviews with the Raptors.
Wojnarowski reported that the Boston Celtics targeted Redick to join its staff as an assistant coach in 2021.
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Currently, JJ Redick serves as the longtime host of his podcast, The Old Man and the Three, and has quickly become one of the lead NBA analysts on ESPN serving as a color commentator during game broadcasts in addition to his roles on shows such as Get Up, First Take, and NBA Today.
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Redick has not publicly addressed his interest in the job or his future plans going forward.
It seems to be a long shot that the Raptors will hire the Duke legend but their interest in talking with him future proves that the possibility still remains JJ Redick could ditch the microphone for a clipboard.