Clippers' J.J. Redick recounts NBA emoji battle, DeAndre Jordan saga
Redick said he was finishing up his weekly Tuesday morning swim class with his infant son when he saw a text message from Clippers coach Doc Rivers that read, "Call me ASAP." Soon enough, Redick was en route to Houston in a mission to convince Jordan to re-sign with Los Angeles.
Redick said he was waiting for the Clippers' meeting with Jordan to start at a hotel suite when he whipped out his phone.
“I was already in Houston and was just kind of on my Twitter account and scrolling through my timeline and I saw a plane emoji. You know, Chandler Parsons to the rescue! Yay!” Redick recalled to Lowe. “And I’m just like, alright. We’re gonna tweet out a car. I’m already here.”
The ensuing emoji battle comprised what Redick called "the best day on Twitter maybe ever."
Redick described the meeting with Jordan as "less a pitch and more of just team building."
The group proceeded to play spades on Jordan's kitchen table.
“We're a close-knit group and we have been,” Redick told Lowe. “It's the closest team that I've ever been a part of in my nine years I've been in the NBA. I think his heart was in L.A.”
“I still am unsure as to why it was a picture of a spaceship emoji and not just a spaceship emoji,” Redick told Lowe. “It still doesn't make sense to me.”
- Jake Fischer