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The Cave Spring grad will return to the Roanoke Valley next week for his annual charity golf tournament.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stands in front of players (from left) Jared Dudley, Ryan Hollins, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick.
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J.J. Redick uses a pick set by Bucks teammate Larry Sanders to get around Knicks defender Raymond Felton during NBA action this past season in New York.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Just because J.J. Redick will be playing in Los Angeles this season doesn’t mean he has gone Hollywood.
Redick, who was an unrestricted free agent, landed with the Los Angeles Clippers in July in a sign-and-trade deal.
The former Cave Spring and Duke star said he was attracted to the defending Pacific Division champs because he wanted to play for an NBA title contender and for the Clippers’ new coach, Doc Rivers — not because he was drawn to the glitz and glamour of L.A.
“The Clippers are a team that is one of maybe six to eight teams that has a real chance to win a championship,” Redick said this week in a phone interview. “I’m excited to be playing for Doc and playing with Chris Paul.
“I don’t give a [darn] about Hollywood or anything like that; I could care less. I got excited because I get to play for a championship and I get to play for a great coach. Having Chris and Blake [Griffin] there is great, too.”
Redick, entering his eighth NBA season, will return to the Roanoke Valley next week for his third annual charity golf tournament.
Redick and his wife now make their offseason home in Austin, Texas, but they will need L.A. digs as well. They are not shopping for a Malibu beach house, however.
“We’ll find a two-bedroom apartment somewhere and rent that for the next four years,” Redick said. “We’re simple folks.”
The off-guard began his NBA career with the Orlando Magic. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in February and helped his new squad make the playoffs. He averaged a career-high 14.1 points and 30.5 minutes for the two teams combined last season.
Redick met with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Detroit Pistons and the L.A. Clippers during his free-agent talks, but he felt the Clippers were “the perfect fit.”
At his dinner meeting with Rivers and Clippers general manager Gary Sacks, Redick told them how important it was for him to play for Rivers and to be in a “winning situation.”
Redick, 29, figures the Clippers will be the best team he has been a part of since he helped the Magic make the 2010 Eastern Conference finals.
“That was the one year in my career where I felt like we were the best team in the NBA and we had a real chance to win a championship,” he said. “Going into this situation, there’s certainly that expectation, but there’s also that appreciation for being on a team that has a chance to win.”
After agreeing to terms with Redick, the Clippers obtained him and Jared Dudley in a sign-and-trade deal involving Milwaukee and Phoenix.
Redick, who signed a four-year, $27 million contract, will likely start alongside Paul in the Clippers backcourt.
“I don’t think they’d be paying me and signing me to a four-year contract unless I was going to play significant minutes and a significant role,” said Redick, who has never been a regular starter in his pro career. “Whether I start or not, I could care less. I want to be in the game at crunch time, and I want to play significant minutes.”
Redick’s golf tournament will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 10 at the Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke County. The net revenue will again go to the Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley and the Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been given a new name — the Bright Services Children’s Classic.
Last year’s tournament and related events raised about $160,000 in gross revenue, said Redick. After Redick’s foundation paid the weekend expenses, the two charities got about $40,000 apiece (the same sum the charities got in 2011).
“We had more expenses last year,” Redick said. “We ask our sponsors and our teams to pay a very high premium, … so their return on that should be a great experience, and that’s what we’re giving them. And at the same time, we’re giving away a lot of money to both of these charities.”
The gross revenue will be even higher this year thanks to sponsorships, said Redick’s brother David, who helps organize the event.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and former Ferrum and major league pitcher Billy Wagner will again play in the tournament. Former Duke standout Mike Dunleavy of the Chicago Bulls will be in the field for the first time. Redick expects some other NBA players to play as well.
Nineteen foursomes have signed up so far; there is room for three more foursomes. The entrance fee is $5,000 per quartet. The fee includes the weekend’s other activities, including a Ballyhack dinner after the tournament.
Members of the public will not be allowed to attend the tournament as spectators.
But this time, the weekend will begin with a concert that is open to the public. The Aug. 9 concert at the Patrick Henry building will feature the band Railroad Earth and another band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. There about 150 general admission tickets left at a cost of $30 apiece. There are also a few VIP tickets left at $100 apiece; a reception and dinner are included for that sum.
To attend the concert, go to jjredickfoundation.eventbrite.com. To register for the tournament, contact the foundation at email@example.com.
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