Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick is taking on a mentorship role on the team, despite not coming back to the team for another season, following a career year, expecting to be in a mentorship role.
“I’ve always looked at leadership, mentorship, as something that requires a certain amount of diligence on both sides,” Redick said, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It requires an organic process rather than just assigning roles to people.”
Redick’s teammate T.J. McConnell notes that Redick’s personality naturally assumes the role of mentor.
“Whether he likes to believe it or not, it’s just his personality; guys flock to him because the type of person he is and the type of player he is and his work ethic,” McConnell stated. “For him to say that he wasn’t going to come in and be a mentor early on is just crazy.”
Redick is quick to point to Keyon Dooling, who mentored Redick when the two were together playing for the Orlando Magic.
“Whether he knows it or not, Keyon had a big impact on me and provided encouragement for me when things were looking grim,” Redick said. “I remember my spirits being lifted by just simple words. You don’t know the impact you can have on someone. Elton [Brand] and Keyon didn’t realize it probably, so hopefully, I’m doing something right and I’m not even realizing it and I’m having an impact on someone.”
Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.
In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.
“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.
“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”
Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.
Heat’s Dwyane Wade Reflect on Final All-Star Game
After making his final appearance at an NBA All-Star game as an active player, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade took time to reflect on the experience as he enters the final few months of his NBA playing career.
“Whatever my legacy is and whatever it will become, it’s what I’ve been building since anybody ever heard my name or before that,” said Wade, soon turning his attention to the remainder of the season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“So at the end of the day, when it’s over, I think that the respect that I’ve been getting from fans around the world, fans in arenas, the players that I’m playing against, that’s the thing that makes me fill my heart with joy. Because I just want a respect for what I bring to the table, and that’s in both on the court and off the court. And I’ve been getting that.”
Wade will be calling it a career at the end of the season.
“So I’ve just got to keep it going. I’m 37 years old, I’m a young man in life. I’ve got a long life ahead of me, and I’m destined to do other things that’s great. So see what that is.”
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Addresses Trade Rumors
Ever since New Orleans’ Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis put in a trade demand rumors have been running non-stop about which teams, and which players, will be a part of his exit from New Orleans.
One player in particular, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, has been rumored to be a main piece in a potential trade that would land Davis in Boston.
Tatum, isn’t concerned with the constant chatter.
“And my response is always the same; control what I can control, I don’t take it personal. I understood coming in that it is a business. They have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be. Especially right now; I can’t control it.” Tatum said, according to NBC Sports’ A.Sherrod Blakely.
“You learn pretty quickly that when you are under contract, you don’t have too much say-so,” Tatum said.
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