J.J. Redick met the media at the Orlando Magic's practice facility this afternoon to discuss the Magic's decision to keep him, rather than let him escape to the Chicago Bulls. I couldn't make the availability session, but Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel did. Here's his write-up.
What stood out to me? Redick listing team achievements when asked if he'd one day like to start--the answer is yes, by the way--perhaps as soon as next season, when Vince Carter's Magic days might be finished. There's a lot to digest in this quote, and I'll let it stand on its own:
Redick: "I’d be lying to say that I don’t want to start at some point. I’m sure every NBA player feels that way. I value my role on this team, and obviously the Magic value my role on this team. I take a lot of pride in contributing. We won 59 games last year and were two games away from a return trip to The Finals. So, I think my focus this summer is most definitely on this coming season. I don’t know what is going to happen with Vince. I don’t know who they’re going to bring in. [General Manager] Otis [Smith] seems like he’s always got some stuff up his sleeve. Right now, I’m just focused on getting better and kind of helping the team move forward."
What do you make of Redick's remarks?