JJ Redick isn’t spending too much time on social media these days since he deleted all of his accounts this offseason, but perhaps starting a book club could be in his future.
Redick, the Sixers' sharpshooter who's averaging 18.3 points in 39 games this season, joined our NBA insider Tom Haberstroh on the latest "The Habershow" podcast Friday.
The 34-year-old has found an interesting roadblock living without social media.
"I was trying to get a car deal because I drive back and forth between Brooklyn and Philly, because I've been driving myself this year," Redick said. "And the car companies were like, 'Well, you're not on social media so there's no benefit to us.' I said, 'that's fine.'"
Overall, though, Redick has been enjoying his time away, where he admitted the toxic environment can affect the mindset of NBA players as they do their jobs on a nightly basis. Without social media, Redick is filling up his time by reading more books.
"This year," he said, "I'd like to read 24 books — two a month."
Redick also discussed reaching 10,000 career points, handling mean-spirited comments directed toward him, staying in touch with Dario Saric and Robert Covington and more.
On 10,000 career points
Haberstroh challenged Redick to name the top 10 of the 188 guys that assisted him on that career milestone. Redick did pretty well compiling the list.
“I’m gonna guess Chris Paul," Redick said. "I’ll say Blake (Griffin) is in my top 10. Jameer (Nelson) and Turk (Hedo Turkoglu) … I know it’s early, but I’m gonna say Ben (Simmons). And is Joel in there?”
Yes, Joel Embiid is in the top 10. Number five on the list, in fact, a milestone other bigs might have accomplished earlier in his career if the patented handoff play was counted as an assist.
Still, Redick recounted the unique style each one had including this nugget about TJ McConnell’s passes.
“Rugby's. We call them rugby’s," Redick said. "The PG drives down the middle on like a transition or delayed transition and flips it back to you at the three-point line.”
On handling the mean-spirited nature of public comments
“I’m pretty well-versed in dealing with animosity," Redick said. "But the thing is, there’s some things that are so stupid that they still make you mad. If there’s an underlying truth to something, whether it’s something written let’s say in a real article, I’m able to say, ‘You know what? I gotta be better. Whatever.’ But some things are so stupid or out of left field, that you’re like, ‘Is this person serious?’”
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