J.J. Redick poked fun at himself on Twitter the night it happened, and he’s still poking fun at himself now.
Redick, who participated in the Three-Point Contest on Valentine’s Day during All-Star Weekend, had several of his makes disallowed because his foot was on the line.
“I set a record for most long twos made in the Three-Point Contest,” Redick joked on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “No, it wasn’t a thing or nerves or anything. I wasn’t nervous at all. I didn’t have any sort of expectations going in. I just was happy to be invited and happy to go to New York for it. I didn’t get to practice on the rack until about an hour before in the side gym at Barclays. As I was kind of doing a couple racks back there, I said to myself, ‘I bet I’m going to step on the line.’ I just felt it happening. So, lesson learned.”
Redick said it was a premonition more than anything else, but he did pick up a few pointers – no pun intended – on how to navigate the racks.
“So when you get to the rack, the rack is set up right at the three-point line, and I was grabbing the front basketball,” he explained. “And I think by grabbing the front basketball, I just kind of inched closer and closer to that line. Watching Steph (Curry), he would grab the middle basketball every time and then kind of go from there. And that was his fourth time doing it. I don’t know if that’s something he has done every time, but I was talking to Kyle Korver beforehand, too. He had all these things about which side of the rack to go to (and things like that). So it was my first time doing it. I had done the three-point contest in the McDonald’s game, but that was in 2002, so I didn’t really get anything from that. That was 13 years ago.”
It’s astounding that it took Redick, 30, nine years to participate in the Three-Point Contest. Why did it take so long for him to get the call?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve asked to do it ever since my third or fourth year in the league. I’ve had my agents reach out to the league office and tell them I want to do it. The year the All-Star Game was in Orlando, which was 2012, was my previous career high from three. I think I shot about 42 percent that year. But we had Ryan Anderson that year. I think he led the league in three-pointers made and shot a high percentage, and so they gave him the invite and I guess they didn’t want two guys from Orlando. I think that was the closest that I got before that to being invited, and I was disappointed that year. I would’ve liked to represent my city when the All-Star Game is there.”
In any event, Redick is still a great three-point shooter – he’s shooting a career-high 43.2 percent this season – and is averaging 14.6 points per game for the Clippers (37-21). Los Angeles, however, has lost seven of its last 12 games – this after winning six straight.
“Improving, but still figuring things out,” Redick said of the Clippers. “Our team has been kind of inconsistent all year. We’ve had some great wins, and then we’ve struggled at times. But overall, the West is going to be tough in the playoffs for everyone. I don’t think seeding is going to matter as much as match-ups. As we get closer to the end of the season here, we want a high seed; we want home-court advantage. But who we play in the first round and going forward after that will really matter. So I like our team. I’m going to like our team a lot more than we get our best player back in a couple weeks when Blake (Griffin) is healthy. So we still got a ways to go, but I like where we’re at.”
The Clippers play the Grizzlies (41-15) in Memphis on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.