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JJ Redick on potentially becoming a head coach: ‘I miss leadership’

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One of the names that have been floating around the Lakers organization to become the next head coach is none other than JJ Redick. Ever since Darvin Ham’s discharge, the purple and gold are wasting no time in looking for the best suitor to take the Los Angeles club back to their glory days.  

As the team stands as one of the few in the league with a vacant head coach position, considering Phoenix just hired Mike Budenholzer, they wish to make sure they chose the right candidate. Ham lost his job after being eliminated by the Denver Nuggets for the second consecutive year.

As Redick has already been interviewed by the Hornets, he’s admitted to the press that he’s itching to get back to the NBA as a coach. During last week’s appearance on the Road Trippin’ podcast, he expressed this sentiment. “I am currently a broadcaster and a podcast host of multiple podcasts and really just enjoying those things,” JJ started out.

“Very fortunate to be doings this,” he added. “The coaching thing… Channing and RJ I would guess that there’s a part of you, and it’s a very, very, small part of me that misses playing. Like, actually playing basketball. There’s a small part of me that misses shooting a basketball or coming off a screen and shooting. But it’s a small part.”

Redick, who played 17 seasons in the league with six different franchises, can’t help but admit that he wants to be back inside the action, and not just commentating for the broadcasting booth. “What I really miss is the juice. I miss the action, I miss the competition, I miss leadership, I miss being on a team. In a locker room, physically in a locker room after winning a road game. You miss that stuff,” he insisted.

“There’s a high that you get as an athlete that goes beyond passing and shooting and dribbling, and taking a charge or dunking a basketball. Those are all these little moments of actual gameplay,” said the 39-year-old. “It’s the other moments that I feel we all miss as ex-athletes. And the part about coaching in general is the things that I miss and the things that I love doing that involves coaching. That all is part of coaching. That’s all.”

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