A look into what it’s like being J.J. Redick

redick Andy Jacobsohn/Orlando Magic Daily At Orlando Magic home games, whenever J.J. Redick is about to shoot, the crowd always rises a few decibels. There’s something about a Redick jumper that excites fans, and you can feel it inside Amway Arena. The question is, does it have any effect on Redick? Does he even notice it? “Yeah, and I probably shouldn’t,” he said. “It usually goes in when I don’t hear them do those things. I need a little bit better mental focus on that part.” Redick will need all the focus he can get this season. While he played consistent minutes during the team’s run to the NBA Finals, Redick struggled with his jump shot more than he ever has in his entire life — youth league, high school, college or pros. And the playoffs came after a regular season in which he posted career lows in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. J.J. Redick, career stats 06-07: 14.8 MPG, 41 FG%, 38.8 3P% 07-08: 8.1 MPG, 44.4 FG%, 39.5 3P% 08-09: 17.4 MPG, 39.1 FG%, 37.4 3P% Entering his fourth season at age 25, Redick isn’t worried about finding his shooting touch. He knows it never went away; he just went through a slump that all shooters go through from time to time. For Redick, the biggest question mark is whether he will get playing time or not. “Those things are kind of out of my control,” Redick said. “I can control how I play with the time that I’m given. Obviously, Vince plays my position and Vince is going to play a lot. I understand that. Hopefully me and Vince can be out on the court some together, but then we’ve got MP and Matt Barnes. So we’re loaded at the wings. “Whatever my role is, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.” Redick has matured since the early part of his career, when he admittedly let little things out of his control get to him. “I think that experience of my first two years in the NBA matured me,” he said. “Especially my second year, when I didn’t play. I played 34 games and played 8 minutes a game, which basically means I played when it was a blowout. We didn’t have any injuries that year at the two-guard position, so I didn’t play. I think it helped me become a better person, and it also made me hungrier. I put in the work last year and again this summer, and hopefully my career will continue to move forward.” For the first time of his adult life, Redick took significant time off this summer. He spent four weeks off — the longest break he’s ever taken — while spending time traveling and hanging out with his friends and family. He still ran and lifted, but he believes the time off from basketball could help him going forward. Redick gets more scorn from fans than any other player on the team – outside of Anthony Johnson, maybe. But whenever he sees fans on the street, they are always receptive, he said. In fact, he said he doesn’t even get noticed around town that much. “Sometimes a lot, sometimes not a lot,” Redick said. “The truth is, I blend in. I’m a normal looking guy. I’m not too tall and I’m not too short. I think I have it pretty easy. I get noticed fairly often but I have it pretty easy.”

Month of Magic Each day leading up to the season, we’ll take a look at the Orlando Magic by featuring a different player, coach, or storyline.
Sept. 28: Training camp beginsSept. 29: Mickael PietrusSept. 30: Anthony JohnsonOct. 1: FlexibilityOct. 2: Linton Johnson IIIOct. 3: Matt BarnesOct. 4: Shot selectionOct. 5: Dwight’s offensive game

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