Coach K Would Have JJ Redick Study Peja Stojaković In College
During an episode of Redick’s podcast, legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski reminisced on their study habits during Redick’s time at Duke
During his time as a collegiate athlete at Duke, JJ Redick put on a show almost every night.
Over four years as a Blue Devil, Redick broke multiple records while cementing himself as one of the greatest shooters that college basketball has ever seen.
Redick finished his college career with 2,769 points scored (20th in Division I history) and 457 made three-pointers (3rd in Division I history).
The 36 year-old has enjoyed a very successful NBA career, hitting 1,884 three-pointers (14th in league history) over 15 seasons. Most recently, Redick played for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019-20 season, hitting 180 three-pointers with a 45-percent accuracy.
During an edition of his The Old Man and the Three podcast this week, Redick had legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski on to talk hoops.
While discussing their film and study habits, Redick shared an intersting tidbit that should make Sacramento Kings fans smile:
Coach (Krzyzewski) was the first coach that would encourage me to shoot in transition. Everybody does that now, nobody was doing it back then.
But Peja (Stojaković) was.
And so coach–because he watches the NBA every night–he would watch a Kings game, late night, get the video from the night before and then show me.
You talk about how that I maybe should have shot more, but my confidence as a player and a shooter, a lot of that comes from having played for you (Coach K).Pelicans guard JJ Redick on The Old Man and the Three podcast
Stojaković, a Kings legend, was one of the most prolific three-point threats from the 2000’s era of NBA basketball.
Under head coach Rick Adelman, the Sacramento offense was arguably the most exciting in the league from 2000-2003, during part of Redick’s tenure at Duke.
The transition three-pointer, most famously used by players today such as Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Redick, was fairly new to the game when Stojaković started letting them fly in the early 2000’s.
In today’s NBA, seeing a player move the ball up the floor and then stop on a dime to shoot a three is very normal in today’s league.
But today’s stars learn from and mold their games after yesterday’s stars, something that Redick confirmed with his story about the former Kings All-Star.