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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Magic's Redick has broken hand, not expected to miss training camp

Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick has a broken bone in his right hand, but the club expects him to be ready when it begins training camp Sept. 29.

Magic General Manager Otis Smith said Friday he did not know when Redick injured his hand but the 6-foot-5 former Duke All-American has been wearing a soft cast for the last week.

"We're not sure when it happened," Smith said. "It could have happened when he was working out, playing pickup or when he was playing with USA Basketball.

"I don't expect J.J. to miss any time at all. I'd be surprised if he's not ready for camp."

Smith said Redick did not require surgery.

Redick, 23, averaged 6 points in 42 games as a rookie last season. Last summer, he was plagued by a back injury that hampered his preparation for the season. With the loss of Grant Hill to the Phoenix Suns via free agency, Redick is one of the candidate to start at shooting guard. He led the Magic's summer league team in scoring in July.

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In addition, the Magic have signed former Winthrop guard Torrell Martin to a one-year non-guaranteed contract.

10 Comments:

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I hope that is not gonna hamper J.J.'s readiness for the camp, as was mentioned. Why sign a guard? Aren't we glutted at guards?

     
  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    At least it sounds like it's not serious, and that the hand didn't need any surgery. Hopefully, J.J. will be 100% by the time training camp comes.

    I agree that we don't need to sign any more guards. It's a non-guaranteed contract though, so they probably signed him for insurance, just in case there's any injuries during camp.

     
  • At 9:37 PM, Blogger coach said…

    After the completion of his rookie contract , JJ will find himself playing in Europe !

     
  • At 2:54 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Ha-ha.

    Curious; where you a fan of Brian Hill?

    By the way; welcome. It'd be cool if you could back your statement up just a little.

    I understand being realistic in regards to Redick. But J.J. will NEVER, EVER find himself playing in Europe. Now, he might find a limited bench role, and float around from team to team like Steve Kerr did; but that is the worst case scenario.

    There is a shortage of pure shooters in this league. And even if he lacks in some areas, if he continues to work hard as he has throughout his basketball life, there will always be a team willing to pick him up in the NBA.

     
  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger coach said…

    2 words... TRAJAN LANGDON .
    Ex Dukie , ex Cavalier and now playing in Russia.

     
  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    So let me get this straight,JJ isnt good enough to make NOT ONE nba team? Trajan Langdon didnt have DWIGHT HOWARD or a good team to play for,the cavs were horrible back then...LOL...LOL...Im not gonna even address something so ludicrous anymore. Like mike,im happy there wasnt any serious damage to JJ's hand,starter or not he's gonna play an important role on this team for a very long time!

     
  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    So, they're a similar size, they both can shoot the 3-ball, and they both played for Duke 4 years. Oh, and I almost forgot; they both were picked #11 in the draft.

    O-K, at least I understand why you're trying to make the comparison; but you're barely scratching the surface by comparing the two.

    The comparison would be like me saying that every Dukie that has won the Naismith College Player of the Year has made it in the NBA, so Redick will right? Well, at least the ones that stay off of motorcycles...

    Really though, Langdon was a solid college player. There are a lot of solid college basketball players out there, always have been.

    But Redick was a great college player. He won countless awards. He was a cocky-confident player who put in the gym time and still does. Then factor in a new good coach in Orlando, a great wing player in Lewis, and a dominate low post player in Dwight to draw the attention; and the negatives don't exactly stack up against Redick making this team.

    Now that doesn't mean I think he'll be a star in this league. I think he'll be a solid role player. The situation is right for him here in Orlando; but if it doesn't work out for some reason, I'd be surprised if no other NBA teams want a sharp shooter named J.J. Redick on their roster. The worst case scenario; he turns out like Jon Barry and bounces around the league for 10+ years.

     
  • At 11:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    All this stuff about J.J. or any NBA player for that matter are just speculation. With the exception of a few, others who made the transition from college to NBA developed at different pace; some faster and some slower. In most cases it took 2-3 years for a player to reach its starting point (I underscore starting point)of showing potentials or lack thereof. They say J.J. lacks defensive talents, but then so were many of the long range shooters in the league. The jury is still out. Looking at the typical trends, and in my humble view, this may be the year for J.J. to shine.

     
  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Matt,

    I hope you are right, but this second summer injury in two years has me prepared to write off yet another Magic draft choice.

    Jameer is about the only non top five pick to contribute since Nick Anderson.

    Right now I'm not terribly hopeful that JJ contributes.

     
  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm not worried about Redick's health. Last year, at the beginning of the season, I remember J.J. saying he was ready to play.

    However, Brian Hill felt differently; pretty much saying he hadn't played any games since his last ones at Duke, and Hill determined that he wasn't ready to play, just like he does with a lot of players, by putting them in his personal dog house. And I understand that coaches watch players in practice, but that's still not a "real game". How Hill knew J.J. wasn't ready, is beyond me.

    The same reasoning could be applied to why Hill didn't start Darko, played Dooling and Hill at the 2 spot, benched Arroyo sporadically, and so on.

    I think J.J. will be okay this year. One things for sure, he’ll at least have a chance, and that’s something he has yet to have.

     

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