In the NBA, when you play in a Game 7, anything can happen, which was the case when the Philadelphia 76ers went toe-to-toe with the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
As we all know, this series came down to the final seconds, and it all ended when Kawhi Leonard made an improbable buzzer-beater to eliminate Philadelphia from the playoffs. Ultimately, the Raptors would win an NBA title, and 76ers could only think about what could have been.
On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans had a conference call to introduce former 76ers G JJ Redick to the media. Redick signed a reported two-year deal at $26.5 million with New Orleans.
During the call, Redick, who spent two seasons in Philadelphia, discussed how he viewed the Raptors winning it all.
“In a way, you’re more mad about the sort of outcome of the Raptors winning because of how you lost, and at the same time, you are in some way, sort of validated because they were the team that won and you were that close,” Redick said.
“The rest of the playoffs were tough to watch. I’m such a fan of the game. I watch every playoff game. In some years when you realize you didn’t necessarily have a chance to win it all, it can be sort of enjoyable. When you feel like you’re in the running and you’re close, when you lose in that manner, it’s tough to watch. Yeah, it was tough to watch.”
While the 35-year-old Redick will not be apart of the 76ers moving forward, he did acknowledge that Philadelphia made him an offer, and he discussed how much of a great time had with the team.
“Yes, there was an offer made,” Redick said. “My time in Philly was two of the best years of my career. I love everyone in that organization. I have nothing but respect for (owners) Josh(Harris), Blitz(David Blitzer) and Elton(Brand) and Brett (Brown). I love all those guys.”
With Jimmy Butler and Redick out the door, the 76ers will look much different next season, but many believe by re-signing Tobias Harris, adding Al Horford and Josh Richardson, that the 76ers will be a better team next season. They will miss Redick’s shooting and Butler’s playmaking ability, but they will gain something on the defensive end. Whether that will equal better, will be something we will find out next season.
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