Former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick revealed last week that he was ejected from a youth basketball game for the first time on the latest episode of his podcast, «The Old Man & The Three.»
Redick set up the story by asking former NBA guard Jamal Crawford if he’s ever been kicked out of a youth basketball game. Crawford said no, and Redick revealed the location of his story, which he said occurred on April 16 in New Jersey.
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The former Dallas Mavericks player said his team was down a notch, and he thought a player from the other team had clearly traveled but was not called. He said a player from his team was called up for a trip even though he may have been borderline.
«I said to the ref, ‘Are you seriously not going to call a trip when you just asked one of my kids for a trip?’ And he prepared me for that,» Redick said. «That’s all I said. And as he was pulling me away, I just said, you know, my sarcasm, ‘Are you serious?’ And he kicked me out for it.»
Redick said he was «surprised by my self-control» after deciding not to turn on the referee after being sent off.
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«These are the bulls—,» Redick added. «I’m going to shake the kids’ hands, the coach’s hands, and I’m going to the ref. I’m like, ‘Why did you kick me out? I didn’t raise my voice to you, I didn’t step for you.’ And you know, he said what he had to say, which I respect. Whatever, it’s all good. And then the other team comes and starts taking pictures with me. So, he realizes who I am at this point. And then he sees my coach later that day and says, ‘Hey, are you going to tell JJ I’m sorry? I shouldn’t have done that.'»
Redick, after a stellar college career at Duke, played in the NBA from 2006 to 2021.
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During the 2020-2021 season, he played for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Mavericks. He averaged 7.4 points per game in 44 games.