LeBron James wasn’t going to miss the chance to kid JJ Redick.
Redick was bemoaning having to go through the training camp of his new coach Stan Van Gundy. He probably was kidding. Sort of. After all, he’s 36-year-old. Training camps are for kids, right?
James piled on Redick’s misery.
He tweeted to Redick “I’ve heard about his training camps.”
King James the Kidder used seven laughing/crying emojis. You get the point, right? Van Gundy’s training camps must be hideously hard.
Ignore LeBron James, JJ Redick Really Is Fine With Van Gundy And the Camp
At a press conference earlier Friday, Redick told the media “How did I end up with this in year 15? I got to f*cking do this sh*t all over again with Stan.”
But ESPN reported that Redick, a Pelicans star, pushed for his old coach to be hired by New Orleans two months ago.
Redick and Van Gundy were golden when the two were with the Orlando Magic. The team made the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and the late star, Kobe Bryant. Redick spent five seasons in Orlando.
Now, Redick, who was college basketball royalty when he played for Duke, is the old guy in New Orleans. His team features young stars Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball.
Redick said Friday his family is back in New York, so he’s a bachelor in New Orleans. That’s partly why he grew a mustache.
But let him explain that. It also has to do with Van Gundy.
“There are a few factors going on here,” Redick said. “First and foremost, I’m here solo, (because) my family stayed in New York. My wife doesn’t let me grow a mustache, so this seems like the perfect time to have a mustache. Two, I wanted to provide some emotional support for Stan in his first couple weeks on the job. So this is an homage to him.”
Gundy’s mustache is so prominent and famous that it’s spawned multiple satire accounts on social media.
And about that training camp. Players know all about it. Josh Hart, Redick’s teammate, talked about it, too.
“He’s going to be really amazing for us in terms of creating good habits,” Hart said. “Having accountability, attention to detail, those kinds of things that I feel like we could’ve been better at last year
“For a young team that wants to have a winning culture, that’s what you need. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be tough, challenging at times, but it’s going to make us better.”