Report | JJ Redick a "Serious" Candidate for Hornets Head Coach Position

Earlier reports said he’d landed an interview for the role.
Jan 27, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick before their game
Jan 27, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick before their game / Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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JJ Redick, former NBA guard, current ESPN analyst and podcaster, appears to have become a “serious candidate” for the Charlotte Hornets’ vacant head coaching position, according to the latest from Shams Charania at The Athletic.

The NBA reporter broke the news earlier this week that Redick, who has expressed interest in coaching, had landed an interview for the role. Now, things appear to have become more serious, per an update to that report. “JJ Redick has interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets head coaching job, I’m told, he could have another interview soon as well, he’s a serious candidate,” Charania said Wednesday.

Now, things have gotten even more serious, per an update to that report. “JJ Redick has interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets head coaching job, I’m told, he could have another interview soon as well, he’s a serious candidate,” Charania said Wednesday.

Concurrently, Charles Lee, another former player and an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, was also said to be in contention for the Hornets’ HC spot according to Charania. Other names reported to be in the running included Kevin Young, Lamar Skeeter, Jay Larranaga, Chris Quinn, Lindsey Harding, and Jordi Fernandez.

Earlier this month, outgoing Hornets HC Steve Clifford announced that he would step down after the 2023-24 season, though he will remain in the front office in an advisory role. Clifford coached the Hornets for five seasons from 2013-14 (when the Hornets were still the Bobcats) to the 2017-18 NBA season. He returned in 2022 after James Borrego’s stint in the role.

Redick was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Throughout his NBA career, Redick played for several teams including the Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Dallas Mavericks. He retired from pro ball in 2021. Redick is also known for his podcast called “The Old Man and the Three,” as well as a new podcast alongside Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, “Mind the Game.”


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