Milwaukee Bucks J.J. Redick feels bad for the fans in Orlando
NBA fans and pundits were and remain happy for J.J. Redick for escaping the Orlando Magic and having a playoff opportunity with the Milwaukee Bucks. He does not share that emotion.
Redick spoke with Sports Talk 1040 in Orlando just as he was leaving town to join the Bucks.
It’s obvious that not only is he grounded in reality, he places value on other priorities in life.
Intitially Ridick went in on his feelings about leaving the city.
“Oh it’s very difficult,” Ridick said. “I came here seven years ago and I didn’t know anybody. I have wonderful friends and a wonderful support system here in Orlando. [My wife]Chelsea has been here for 11 years, her family lives two hours south on the Atlantic side of Florida so our roots are here in Florida.
Having said that I think both of us can rest easy and be at peace at the fact that God is in control of this. He’s the one that’s steering our ship. If we can continue to trust in that fact then we will have peace as we head out and get to this next phase.”
Ridick was pretty frank about the Magic’s current state of affairs that led to his trade.
“ Orlando is in a rebuilding situation, he said.” ”They’re in a transitional period in their organization after a run of six straight playoff years. I kind of knew that coming into the season, there’s no reward for being mediocre in the NBA. You either have to be really good or really bad unfortunately.
I feel bad for the fans who have to endure this rebuilding period but ultimately I know at some period the Magic will be good again, they’ll compete for championships and they will get the team heading in the right direction. I wish Orlando nothing but the best. Now I’m excited to have another chance to play in the playoffs. Hopefully we can get a nice seed and avoid Miami in the first round of the playoffs.”
The sharpshooter also commented on the best of times.
“I think my best memory without a doubt would be the 2009 team that made the Finals, he said.” ”The 2010 team was the first year that I was in the rotation every single game. That was probably the most fun team I played on. We had some characters on that team with Jason Williams and Matt Barnes and those are the two teams that I will remember the most. I’ve gotten text messages from some of the guys from that team already.
Tony Battie sent me a text yesterday and that was just a good group of guys. In terms of what I would tell the fans, just please continue to be patient, better days are coming. Secondly I can’t overstate my level of gratitude for how the fans and the Orlando community embraced me and embraced Chelsea and I. We consider ourselves very lucky to have been here for the last seven years and 11 years and will really love Orlando and will always have a special place in our heart for us.”