When a team with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin adds Doc Rivers and J.J. Redick to a team that won 56 games expectations begin to rise. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Clippers, Redick isn’t afraid of those expectations, instead embracing them.
“Going back to the week or so we were getting this deal done during free agency, I mentioned to [Clippers head coach] Doc [Rivers] that I wanted to be in this situation because there was going to be pressure, because there was going to be expectations,” Redick said. “I feel like when I look back at my career I’ve always done better and I’ve always been happier when there’s more expectation and more pressure.”
This was stated during an interview with Eric Patten on Clippers.com and it’s a welcome sign for Clippers fan ready to embrace the shooting guard.
Since the three-team trade that sent point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns in return for Redick and Jared Dudley, pundits, critics, and writers all-alike have been expecting a big season from the Clippers. I’ve heard 60+ win predictions, MVP predictions for Chris Paul, Coach of the Year predictions for Doc Rivers and many more things en route to what could be the best season in Los Angeles Clippers history.
Hopefully Redick doesn’t get caught up in the regular season hype of being a top team because once playoff time comes that means nothing, something we saw last year with the Clips as they squandered a 2-0 lead in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Of course talk means nothing in this league. The season is almost here for Redick and company to prove their ready to really be a championship contender.