JJ Reddick Injury News/Update (P. 4)

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Kerley
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Well it's pretty hard to beat a bench when every single position has started and could start for a number of teams today.

Icecoldclipper
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If he can be back by April 2nd @Phoenix in limited minutes and then ramp it up for the five game home stand would be perfect. We can't have the last two games like Billups did last season.

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ClipperKyle32 wrote:

I also like to see DJ shooting FTs in the background Very Happy

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Great to see JJ practicing his shots. I hope he comes back very soon!

And yes, it was also great to see DJ in the background practicing his free throws, lol.

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I just want to see him running up and down the court. I'm not worried about his shooting

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The Clippers are nearing a decision on J.J. Redick's future this season.

The team will determine in the upcoming weeks whether Redick is healthy enough to rejoin the team. If he's not, the club will likely shut Redick down for the rest of the season in an attempt to have him ready for training camp next year.

Redick, who hasn't played since Feb. 3 because of a bulging disc in his back, has recently ramped up a shooting program, though Doc Rivers said the team doesn't know when and if he'll be able to return.

Redick has played in 30 games this season, averaging a career-high 15.7 points per game. He's also missed time this season with a broken hand and a torn ligament in his right wrist.

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aksel
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Don't want to sound like a downer but I think we need Reddick to win a ring. With his shooting in the lineup along with Granger, that would be the perfect compliment to our big 3. Also allows DC and Jcross to come of the bench with Barnes and Davis.. We need you jj!

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Wow that is ridiculous... Can't believe he can possibly miss the rest of the season and the playoffs. Hope this is a very unlikely possibility.

fray_27
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My stomach just turned reading that on rotoworld I'm starting to shi*t bricks now man

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It sucks about J.J. but I honestly still think we are the best team in the NBA even without him.

Our SG position can consist of a number of players. Barnes, Jamal, Collison, Bullock, Green and even Danny Granger can fill that spot.

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Does anyone else think this seems like a smokescreen? I read the same thing on (http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/13/report-clippers-con sidering-shutting-down-j-j-redick-for-season/) and thought to myself, why even bother why not just keep him there in case unless it just looks terrible or season ending surgery is needed.

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Think he has until April to get ready or Doc will think its best to rest long term. He needs to be doing non-contact practice drills in a week or two.

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Don't why "they" would be putting up a smoke screen though.

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Redick + Dudley = worse investment than Butler + ebled

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Because Doc can totally predict injuries and a player playing well below what he did for his career, right?

Many people here really need to stop pining for the past and having huge regrets about certain trades/drafts, because it does no good for anyone. What's done is done, and there's absolutely no point in constantly thinking about "what if".

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Lol Bledsoe has played less games than Redick and Butler is even worse than Dudley. At least Dudley scores somewhat efficiently.

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Dudley is only better at earning less money. At least ebled is trying to come back

ClippersDA
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I'm now nervous about redick. He is our special sauce.

He smooths out the edges of the offense and is so important. I blame cousins

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Whatever Dudley is flipped for during the offseason can be looked at as a part of the Bledsoe trade. Can't see Dudley being here next season.

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@tense2, I just don't get it unless it's season ending surgery or definite season ending in some other way. Even if it looked bleak why not just let him ride the pine just in case. What if he is at 75% right now and slowly improving; but DC, or Jamal get hurt 2nd round. 85% of JJ can still be more dangerous than most players available to us through China or European leagues.

I also don't get why ramp up his shooting and drills (or whatever it is that he was doing); then turning around and saying we might shut him down for training camp. You never know what the future holds, so you have to take the shots you can get. Unless it's clearly over for him this season, but still don't get the indecision if that is the case.

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namzug wrote:
Does anyone else think this seems like a smokescreen? I read the same thing on (http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/13/report-clippers-con sidering-shutting-down-j-j-redick-for-season/) and thought to myself, why even bother why not just keep him there in case unless it just looks terrible or season ending surgery is needed.

I believe it is as well! It is very well a smokescreen for the return of the ages! Lol

Guy with great sources to Clips. Also He reported Granger would make his decision that night. Granger did just that.

The impression is that JJ is coming back. The shut down for rest of season is a lot of smoke screening by Clips. They have done that a lot since Docs arrival. They did the same thing back in Boston.

I expect JJ back.

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"Redick has looked good while out on the floor, but back injuries are difficult and most often just need extended rest to heal. We'll see whether the Clippers can catch a break with the former Duke standout."

If Reddick needed extended rest he wouldnt be ramping up his shooting if he needed to rest -- Smokescreen

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Article by Steve Perrin

The Redick saga -- there's a report today that the Clippers may "shut down" J.J. But what does that even mean? http://t.co/tuXg3rcCjB

J.J. Redick hasn't played in five weeks and there are five weeks left to the regular season. Are the Clippers going to "shut him down"? Isn't he pretty much already shut down until he isn't shut down anymore?

I love Dan Woike and I think he does a great job covering the Los Angeles Clippers. Obviously this is a very different team in a very different time, but the fact that we have two great newspaper writers back on the beat after the OC Register spent several years shirking their responsibilities is a great thing.

But his blog post about J.J. Redick's injury status struck me as complete non-news.

The team will determine in the upcoming weeks whether Redick is healthy enough to rejoin the team. If he's not, the club will likely shut Redick down for the rest of the season in an attempt to have him ready for training camp next year.

"The club will likely shut Redick down?" What does that mean? Isn't he shut down already? I mean, when Doc Rivers walked up to Redick during the shootaround for the Miami game five weeks ago and said "You're not playing tonight because you're not healthy" wasn't he shutting Redick down? They haven't let him play in games or practice. How much further down can he be shut? Will they ban him from the locker room? Put him in traction? Is it not save to assume that during these five weeks the training staff has been doing what they can to help him get healthy?

I understand the difference between "We still expect him to be back" and "We aren't planning on him coming back" but exactly how would the Clippers approach be any different in the coming weeks? More to the point, let's try on a hypothetical here. It's June 19th, 2014. The Clippers are preparing for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Redick goes to Doc Rivers and says, "I feel great coach." Jasen Powell says "Everything looks great" and every doctor gives Redick a clean bill of health. Does Doc say "Sorry, we shut you down before, don't you remember?" They don't get an extra roster spot by "shutting him down." There's zero advantage to be gained here.

Redick is going to play when he's ready to play. We didn't know about the bulging disc before the All Star break when we assumed this was a very temporary thing, but since then, the status has been the same. Backs are tricky things, but unless Redick is considering surgery (an extreme remedy for a disc issue as Citizen Shap has pointed out) then his situation is unchanged. It's rest and core work until his back feels better.

My assumption all along has been that Redick will at least try to play in the playoffs. Again, short of surgery, why in the world would he not? Holding him out of the regular season if it means he'll be stronger for the playoffs makes perfect sense. But unless there's a significant risk that he'd injure himself further, why would you hold him out of the playoffs? What are you saving him for? It would be one thing if this team's ceiling were second round and they were really pointing to next season or the season after next. But the way things look right now, there is no ceiling for this edition of the Clippers -- this may be the best chance they get, especially when you consider the no-budget windfall of adding Glen Davis and Danny Granger late in the year. If Redick tries to play in the playoffs and realizes/confirms that he just can't be effective, fine. But I still believe he'll try.

Perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps the Clippers will announce that Redick is out for the season at some point, but I would be truly shocked by such an announcement. I just don't see the point. "In the upcoming weeks"? There's only five weeks left in the regular season? How many weeks qualify as "upcoming"?

Not to mention that the tenor of this post contradicts the direct statements of the team and Redick's recent actions. Redick has been ramping up his shooting activity. Rivers has said that he's doing more. It's clear the team is being extra-cautious, it's clear they are concerned. They are being tight-lipped because they don't want to overpromise, and that's a good impulse. But I've been in the room with Doc Rivers when these questions are asked, and I'll tell you that body language and other non-verbal communication has been more positive in recent days than it was a week ago.

For me, Redick's status remains exactly the same. I truly believe that he will play in the postseason, but we'll just have to wait and see how healthy he is and how effective he can be.

ClippersDA
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I want the redick from the lakers game in playoffs

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Yeah, Dudley ended up being a mistake. But no one can predict injuries like this, and to throw JJ under the bus because of something completely outside of his control is wrong.

Also, can we all stop deifying Bledsoe? He's a great player, but some people on this board act like he's the second coming of Lebron.

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Your saying Redick is not trying to come back? How absurd. Not like having Bledsoe and Butler is much better since Bledsoe is injury prone. Not to mention we wouldn't have Collison.

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I meant he had a return date set or returned

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Does the decision to shut down Redick allow them to pick up another guard for the playoff roster. I mean, if they know he can't play this year, why not have another guard on the roster incase Crawford remains hurt or Collison or Paul go down. Seems like the Clippers are dangerously short in the guard spot. Willie Green played well last night which is a good sign though.

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They can have an open roster spot if I'm not mistaken. They only have the option of picking someone up who hasn't played in the NBA this year. It really limits our options, maybe a Gilbert Arenas if he was in shape (which I doubt) or Baron (same as Gilbert). We can go with someone unproven, but in that case we could just start playing Reggie at the two (which I wouldn't mind since we could start giving him minutes right now).

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Doc Rivers Postgame - 3/14/14 http://www.nba.com/clippers/video/2014/03/14/DocRiversPostgameUTHMP4-3 196622/ via @nba

Watch This!

When Doc was asked about the streak and chemistry going into the playoffs and Doc answered by saying , " Well, We Don't Have All Our Guys and WHEN THEY Get Back That Will Be Broken.

Doc may not have meant to say that , but that gives me the impression that JJ and Jamal are coming back before the playoffs

Icecoldclipper
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He could of just meant jamal and duds but hopefully it means JJ.

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Don't think they need or want to add anybody else now. Arenas or Davis are bad jokes, lol. Dudley can take a SG spot as he's played there quite a bit before. Reggie isn't ready and Doc won't use him much in they PO's unless a whole lot of injuries take place. IF that happens, we're doomed anyway. Next year for Reggie to get more important minutes.

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Yeah, that's what I thought.

ClipperKyle32
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Duds is already back though and he traveled with the team to Utah and could have played but Granger has taken his minutes. Jamal and JJ do not traveled with the team. I take it he means JJ and Jamal when he says "when they return"

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Damn is this true? Jj redick out for season?

Dunkathon
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If you're referring to the information in this topic, we're not sure right now. That he's shooting and participating with the team is a great sign, but we won't know for sure.

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http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nba/1264/jj-redick

March 13 He might shut it down for the season. NO!!!!!!!

which means he's probably in too much pain just after practice.

This is awful news.

DAMN.

WHY????????

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Unless the source is directly from the Clippers camp, I'm going to remain optimistic that JJ will be back by season's end and be able to play in the playoffs. To think otherwise is just depressing.

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If I were a gambling man,and I am not because I suck at it,my bet would be no JJ. Don't know if we are good enough to win it all without our starting SG,but this team has won 10 and seems to be firing on all 8 so for now I guess it it works, don't fix it.

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Watching Ray Allen made me miss jj even more. I just flat out miss watching him.

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JJ will be back for the playoffs. I have faith.

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WoW! Did you hear that!!! Doc said he expects JJ and Jamal practicing after a two day break this week! That Is great news. What a great game to choose to bring everyone back either against Detroit or Milwaukee. Nice!

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Wouldn't be surprised if we were completely healthy come Saturday after this long and much needed break.

Chris Paul - Darren Collison

JJ Reddick - Jamal Crawford

Matt Barnes - Danny Granger

Blake Griffin - Davis/Turkoglu

Deandre Jordan - Hollins/Davis

I want to see that lineup so bad

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Would be great timing two games to knock off rust and gel and then a nice long road trip to challenge the guys as a whole.

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I wonder if this is the start of retirement for Reddick. I could be jumping the gun, but a bulging disc was the same injury that forced Larry Bird into retirement. Really hard to run the floor and break through screens to get open with a bad back.

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^

I have been hearing more positive noises, nothing concrete though.

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I was watching last night's game against Denver on PrimeTicket instead of ESPN so I didn't hear Doc relay good news about JJ and Jamal participating in upcoming practices. It'll be so awesome to finally have a full and healthy squad at the next game.

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He's not gonna leave millions of dollars on the table. He's under contract

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I think we'll get Jamal back by the weekend. Redick I'm not so optimistic. I think they should just shut him down. Unless he comes back with 10 games left he won't have enough game speed for the playoffs, then what good is he anyway?

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Don't write him off so quickly. He could make a real difference to ours chances.

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