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Duke legend JJ Redick hired as Los Angeles Lakers head coach

LOS ANGELES (WGHP) — Former NBA player and Duke University’s all-time leading scorer JJ Redick has been hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Redick, 39, famously starred for the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team from 2002 to 2006. His 2,769 points remain the most ever-scored by a player in the history of the program.

He twice won ACC Player of the Year and was the consensus national college player of the year his senior season.

GREENSBORO, NC – MARCH 12: J.J Redick #4 of the Duke Blue Devils salutes the crowd as he cuts down the net after his team’s 78-76 win over the Boston College Eagles during the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2006 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Redick would go on to be selected with the 11th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and had a 15-year NBA career. He played in the NBA Finals against the Lakers in 2009 with the Magic.

Basketball: Orlando Magic J.J. Redick (7) in action vs Atlanta Hawks. Orlando, FL 10/6/2008 CREDIT: Bill Frakes (Photo by Bill Frakes /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

The best years of Redick’s career were from 2013-2019 and were spent with the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. He would then spend his last two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks before retiring.

Away from basketball, Redick has also become known in the basketball media space. He currently hosts “The Old Man and The Three” podcast and is an NBA color commentator for ESPN.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 26: JJ Redick announces the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on October 26, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

He also hosts the “Mind the Game” podcast with Lakers star LeBron James.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Redick was also a candidate for the Charlotte Hornets’ coaching vacancy. He interviewed for the position and Charania reported that he was a “serious candidate” for the position.

The Hornets ultimately hired Boston Celtics assistant coach Charles Lee as their head coach.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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