J.J. Redick and Chris Paul have finally patched things up. The two players are looking forward to playing with each other this season.
Let’s just say they weren’t too fond of each other back in college. Redick and Paul played in the same conference at nearby schools. Redick was a star at Duke University from 2002 to 2006 while Paul was an up-and-coming point guard at Wake Forest from 2003 to 2005. The rivalry between the two players stems from their on-court battles at Wake Forest.
“We have actually had a chance to become real close, real quick. Who would have thought after the battles we had in college,” said Chris Paul on the situation. Redick’s response was similar to Paul’s. “We had some battles at Wake Forest. The game I kind of got into it with him our team had like three or four technicals.”
Things got worse between both players when they entered Michael Jordan’s summer camp in 2004. Both guards were counselors at the Jordan Brand Camp in Santa Barbara, California and during a scrimmage; Redick struck Paul in the face.
“I actually had to apologize to him… I put my hands on him during a game. It was a hand to the face type of move. I don’t know how to describe it.”
Due to their mutual dislike the two players never exchanged words over the past seven seasons.
Chris Paul even missed three games last year after bumping knees with Redick during a 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic. That loss hurt a lot more than a knee bump because it snapped a franchise-record 13 game home winning streak for the Clippers.
But things are looking real good in Clipper land now.
The addition of J.J. Redick at shooting guard allows the Clippers to have one more dynamic shooter. Redick is one of the league’s best three-point shooters and he’ll be even better playing along with the league’s best point guard in Paul.
“Playing off a guy like Chris is going to be fun. On the other hand, I’m a secondary ball-handler and playmaker that can help make his job easier as well.”
Quotes via “Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, now Clippers teammates, bury feud” by Marc Spears