Reports: JJ Redick interviews for job as NBA head coach
The Toronto Raptors are searching everywhere for their next head coach, as the franchise reportedly interviewed former NBA sharpshooter and current ESPN analyst JJ Redick for the job.
Redick spent his career with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, averaging 12.8 points per game with a 41.5% 3-point percentage. Since 2016, Redick has hosted a podcast that has receive widespread praise, and after retiring in 2021, Redick joined ESPN as an analyst, appearing on shows such a ‘First Take’ and as a color commentator for the network’s NBA games.
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Raptors coaching search
Redick is just one person in a wide pool the Raptors are reportedly interested in hiring as their next coach. Sportsnet reported the Raptors have asked for permission to speak with several former and current NBA assistants. In addition to Redick, notable names in Toronto’s search include the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon and Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse.
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The job opening in Toronto comes after firing Nick Nurse on April 21, who spent five season at the helm and led the franchise to its first NBA title in 2019, his first year as head coach. This past season, the Raptors finished the regular season 41-41, and lost the 9-10 seed game in the play-in tournament to the Chicago Bulls to end the season.