Los Angeles Clippers: J.J. Redick Injury Forces Team To Expedite Growth Of Backups
For the Los Angeles Clippers, losing guard J.J. Redick is nothing short of inconvenient. Losing one of the most feared marksman in the NBA is a humbling setback, but it could very well be a blessing in disguise for a deep team that often struggles to find the right combination of scorers and defenders on the floor.
With a league infected by explosive point guards that weave through defenses, a specialist like Redick is on every GM’s wishlist, but great shooting makes him a relic in today’s NBA. While franchises spent this past offseason looking for a bailout for penetrating guards stonewalled by big men crowding the paint, the Clippers signed Jared Dudly, their second quick-release deep threat.
Redick’s absence also forces rookie, Reggie Bullock, into the lineup. The former University of North Carolina star has shown signs that he can play at the NBA level in his few cameo appearances. Head coach Doc Rivers, like most coaches in the league, are as comfortable giving a first-year player valuable minutes as most fathers are in trusting their newly-licensed kids with the keys to the family car.
Bullock’s 6-8 week internship may grow to be a hair-graying experience for Rivers in Redick’s absence, but not nearly as ulcerous as it would later in the year when a playoff series or a finals appearance is in the balance and there’s a question mark on the floor.
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