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After 100 Podcasts, JJ Redick Widens His Range

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The first two episodes — one featuring Abrams and another with Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers — are scheduled to drop on Wednesday.

Redick, who continues to score for the Pelicans, averaging 14.9 points this season, said it was never his intention to moonlight as a podcaster. He sort of stumbled into it. In 2015, he was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers when the sportswriter Adrian Wojnarowski, who was then working for Yahoo Sports, approached him about writing personal essays for a series on the site. Redick said he briefly considered the idea before he succumbed to his anxiety.

“It’s taking me back to college,” Redick recalled telling Wojnarowski, “when I’d procrastinate and have to write a 20-page paper the night before it’s due — I don’t want to do this.”

A few months later, Wojnarowski came to Redick with another possibility: Would he be interested in hosting a podcast?

“I did not know anything about podcasts,” Redick said.

Redick’s wife, Chelsea, advised him to check out “Serial,” the true-crime podcast that had become a phenomenon. It probably was not what Yahoo Sports had in mind, he recalled telling his wife. But after sampling a few more conversational podcasts, Redick decided to take the plunge. He figured it would be good preparation in case he wanted to work in sports media after he retired from the N.B.A.

For his first show, Redick booked a telephone interview with Jared Dudley, one of the league’s chattiest players and someone he had known for years. But Redick still treated it as if he was studying for the LSAT exam. He compiled 15 pages of notes. He knew more about Dudley than he ever thought he would need to know about Dudley.

“I was terrified,” Redick said.

It got worse before it got better. On the night he was supposed to record the episode, the power went out at his home in Southern California. In search of power and a reliable internet connection, Redick scrambled over to the Clippers’ practice center. After setting up an ad hoc studio in the media work room, he got some bad news from his engineer in New York: There was a lot of background noise from the traffic outside.


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