J. J. Redick Quotes.
Tattoos are a thing I’ve never really planned out. They just kind of happen spontaneously, on a whim. It’s kind of like curating a watch collection, it just kind of happens. I like it to happen organically.
Basketball is like the one game I can’t figure out when it comes to videogames.
Growing up, I didn’t know anyone that was a watch collector or into watches, but I was always kind of curious about them. Before the NBA Draft, I knew I was going to get drafted, and I wanted to commemorate that by buying a watch.
I listen to a lot of hip hop artists, and I think hip hop and poetry go hand in hand. The ‘Def Jam Poetry’ on HBO is just so sick to me.
I think anytime you have expectations for your team and for yourself and you have goals that you want to accomplish you can’t overlook the small stuff and the baby steps.
Obviously, you look at a situation and you say, ‘What do I need to do to fit in?’ I looked at the Clippers and said, ‘I really need to work on my dunk shots.’
Some collectors do but no, I don’t look at watches as an investment.
I think anytime you have any sort of injury, you know I’ve come back from a pulled hamstring in college one time, foot injuries. The movement that causes the initial jolt of pain you always kind of are tentative when you have to make that movement, especially as you kind of build back up.
I think with defense especially, you have your core principles. If you do those consistently, then it’s easy to make, sort of, game-to-game adjustments. But, when you’re not doing your core principles consistently, you end up just guessing a lot. To be honest with you, that’s what bad teams do.
My thing is just trying to figure out how we can win ball games.
I feel like when I look back at my career I’ve always done better and I’ve always been happier when there’s more expectation and more pressure.
I’ve been very fortunate to be on some great teams and in great locker rooms.
Nutrition is a big part of my life and it always has been.
Kind of making that leap from a team that wins occasionally to a team that wins the majority of the time, a lot of times just comes down with figuring out how tough it is to win, and then executing down the stretch to do it.
Twitter has now just become a bunch of angry voices. That for me, I had to detach from there.
I’m a Christopher Nolan fiend. I love ‘Inception,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘The Prestige,’ ‘Memento’ and of course the Batman trilogy. I love all his movies.
I hate to admit it, but anytime you’re at a stoplight and your phone is within reach? You pick it up. It’s become instinctual. Even if you put the phone down and walk out of the room, you’re always aware of where it is. It’s become an extension of you.
I think the coach-player relationship is a two-way thing. You have to be willing to take suggestions as a player and vice versa.
For the most part, someone who is in love with mechanical watches is not going to decide to wear a smartwatch over a mechanical watch.
I’ve been on teams where you literally don’t talk to each other at dinner. Just six guys on their phones.
To be able to give back and be able to help people, it means a lot to me. I’m humbled by it, honestly.
I was never a very adventurous eater growing up, despite the fact that my mother is a nutritionist and my parents have always had a garden in our yard.
As a U.S. History major, there is something very cool about being in cities, and walking the streets of Philadelphia or Boston or New York and seeing historical sites.
My parents always wanted me to do the right thing. My mom, I think her exact words were, ‘You’re not a chicken in the coop playing in the scraps, you’re an eagle.’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK… ‘ But really, I’ve used that throughout my life.
Our job collectively, players and coaches, is to figure out a way to play that we can put ourselves in a position to win.
Nothing can prepare an 18-year-old for the fishbowl that is Duke basketball. So that was difficult.
There’s certain points in the season – I think players go through it and teams go through it – where you just have stretches and you’re stuck in a rut or you feel like nothing’s going right. You just got to keep grinding, and eventually it’ll turn.
I know when I was a kid, I looked up to athletes. So, if an athlete spoke out on an important issue, then I was probably more likely to hear that opinion and to see that stance and recognize the importance of that.
I feel so fortunate to have great coaching. Coaches that have taught me great habits and taught me great things about basketball and life, but I’ve always played for coaches who have held me accountable and that’s made me a better player and person.
At the end of every season, I try to assess what I did well and what I didn’t do well.
I would much rather invest in stocks, bonds, private equity and hedge funds than watches.
My closet is my happy place.
One of the reasons that the NBA is so good is NBA Twitter.
Every situation I’ve been in in my career, you just sort of adapt, and figure out where you can be effective.
It’s always a great joy to give back.
I’m not sure my own family liked me at Duke.
I’m very proud of my time at Duke, my career at Duke, but as you get older and become an adult, you lose some head bobs. That’s not part of the routine anymore.
I’m very grateful to be able to give back.
I’m no dummy. So much of the NBA is just fit and situation, and I always say this, for 85 to 90 percent of the league, your performance is often dictated by your situation and your coaches.
Most of my shots are threes and long 2-point jumpers.
I played videogames growing up, but my parents really monitored how much I was playing.
As I finished up my time at Duke, I certainly wasn’t a ‘foodie’ but I was learning to enjoy the finer things in the culinary world.
Would I want to get traded again midseason? Hopefully, never.
I feel like I’ve been mentoring young guys for a long time.
As a shooter, you always want to be in a rhythm.
As we grow up and we’re developing, our ego needs to be contained, otherwise we’d all be selfish two- and three-year-olds, screaming every time we didn’t get our way.
I played ACC and NCAA Tournament games in my backyard – these imaginary games – and when I finally got to experience it in real life, it was better than I could imagine.
I have this personality where I’m all in on something or I’m off of it.
My second year was particularly difficult because I had high expectations.
In terms of my career, it’s been a lot of incremental improvement slowly over time.
I don’t own a watch anymore. Literally, that was an addiction. I’m not afraid to admit that. It took me over. My possessions possessed me.
We’re going to have a generation of kids whose norm will be people just being addicted to their phones. And that’s what scares me. The impact on my kids, I think about that daily. Like, what is this doing to me and my family?
Generally speaking, you want to put three or four shooters around a dominant center and have him just roll to the basket.
My last four years in Orlando, I was a really good player but I wasn’t a full-time starter.
Player movement is good, and guys should be able to choose where they want to play.
I feel like I’m a guy who consistently makes the right play and the right reads offensively and that helps my teammates.
I always enjoy competition.
I’m not naive – I think it’s rare in the NBA every day to actually be able to enjoy being around the people you’re working with.
Winning is really hard in this league.
I won’t take a shot unless I think it’s going to go in.
Anything I can use on the court to help me is good.
I feel like every guy has a job to do on the defensive end, and that job can change night to night. My biggest thing is, I try to do my job, and compete.
I didn’t like the way I shot the ball in Milwaukee, so I worked really hard on my shooting – threes off the move and off the catch. And also continued to work on my ball-handling and my in-between game – my runners and floaters.
I’ve certainly benefited from the three-point line and the emphasis on shooting them.
There needs to be a dialogue between coaches, fans, players and administrators to promote positivity in the stands.
When I come to the arena, my mind is on basketball, not thinking I’m walking a runway.
I think I can pass the ball pretty well and I move the ball.
You always look forward to the start of the regular season. It’s like opening presents on Christmas morning.
New Orleans has an incredible culture. Everybody brings up food first, but I realized there’s a lot more to that in terms of music and art and people and history.
My requirement of my fitness level is different than some players.
To use a phrase that I don’t often use, the NBA is very much a woke league. It’s at the forefront of a lot of things – training, fashion, food, diet.
I always feel like you can get better in any area.
With social media, I’ve never felt completely comfortable with it.
I would never say never, but it’s not in my plans to be a coach.