Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 11:26AM; Updated: Friday June 30, 2006 11:07AM
Redick is hoping to land on a team with stability at the coaching position, similar to Duke, where Mike Krzyzewski has been at the helm for 26 years.
SI.com: What's the longest interview session you've had to endure?
Redick: One team, a Western Conference team, was very long. I got there I think at like 8:30 in the morning and I ended up leaving at about 1:30 p.m. Basically, we did all this physical stuff before and we worked out -- it was actually the longest workout I've had, an hour and a half on the court. Usually they're about 45 to an hour and 15 minutes. Then I had to meet individually with every one of their personnel guys, their GM, their coach. By the end, you're answering the same question over and over again. I almost think it's better to just sit in a room with nine guys so that everybody hears the same response.
SI.com: The modern-day scouting report breaks into three distinct sections: the overall, the good and the bad, with most scouts paying increasing attention to filling that third paragraph these days. What do you make of all this attention to weakness?
Redick: I don't know if that's something that's just developed recently -- because I haven't been around basketball for 20 or 30 years -- but there is a huge emphasis placed on people's weaknesses. Not only around the draft, but just in general. They're so many talking heads out there that the only way people want to listen is if you're going to criticize. There are still going to be people that knock Dwyane Wade, and he's done everything you could possibly do at his age. So I think that comes with the territory. It's just part of the culture now -- especially around the draft.
SI.com: How hard is it to insulate yourself from the back-and-forth? You might not read these things, but maybe your parents, a friend, a girlfriend?
Redick: There's so much information available now with the Internet. With DVDs, you can record games. Technology has made it very easy for people to find things out about you. It's funny that you bring up girlfriends and friends: my dad, my friends will sometimes read these articles on the Internet and go, "I didn't know this was going on!" S---, neither did I!
SI.com: What's the best take you've read about yourself?
Redick: That a team shouldn't draft me because I can't play defense and I can't create my own shot unless it's in the last five seconds of a quarter or a half(laughs). I'm not really sure what that means at all. If I can do it in the last five seconds, then why can't I do it in the course of a game? No, just in the last five seconds (laughs).
SI.com: Fair to characterize the draft process as a humbling experience?
Redick: I think that's legitimate. But going back to what I was talking about earlier, I still think that the majority of us, probably with the exception of [Andrea Bargnani], face the media attention here. I don't know how it is in Italy. We've been thrown under the bus before. We've all faced scrutiny. Maybe in this process of going from amateur to pro we just face it on a higher level.
SI.com: Is there any part of this that's fun?
Redick: Not really (laughs). The only fun thing for me is I really do enjoy the interview process with teams. Everybody who knows me knows I'm a candid person. I'm upfront with people. I feel like I can just be myself in those interviews -- but it did take a little bit of time. The thing about this process is it seems like it's too long. The [NCAA] season ends in April or late March, the draft is the end of June. That's a long time ago.
SI.com: Have you been able to treat yourself to a big-ticket purchase yet?
Redick: I bought myself a birthday present today. [Redick turned 22 on June 24.] I bought myself a Rolex watch. So that was like the first, I guess, luxury buy. I guess Rolexes are nice. I think the first thing I'll purchase -- obviously I'll have to get a place to live in whatever city I play in -- I'm gonna get my dad a new car. He's driven the same pickup truck for 15 years, the same Toyota pickup. He's in need of a new truck or an SUV or something.
SI.com: Eyeballing any makes or models in particular? Maybe having something tricked out?
Redick: Naw, he's a simple guy. Just something new, something nice. I guess he likes foreign cars.
SI.com: If you could turn the process around and have the power to scrutinize and evaluate the team instead of the other way around, how would you go about it?
Redick: I think first of all, I'd look at who they had at my position, the free agents out there on the market that maybe the team is trying to sign, their possible trades. But I think the most important thing is continuity within the organization. That's the one thing at Duke we've had for 26 years with Coach K. And now with all his assistants there being [former] players [of his], there's just a continuity there that really never gets talked about, but it's a big reason why we have so much success. You look at a lot of successful franchises in the NBA, and the big reason why is continuity.
SI.com: So no barging into, say, Dr. [Jerry] Buss' office and demanding a physical -- you know, to ensure some of that continuity?
Redick:(laughs) Luckily for [the owners], they don't have to do a whole lot physically; it's more so for us. It is important how an organization runs, and are they committed to winning? Are they willing to spend? Those are all important things.
SI.com: What teams in the league do you see as having the most continuity?
Redick: I think the Spurs -- but they're not going to draft me. I don't even know where they have a pick [59th]. With [coach Gregg] Popovich being there, with[Tim] Duncan being there his whole career -- they're going to be good every year. A team in the lottery that has maybe had great continuity is the Jazz, with Jerry Sloan being there and having the longest tenure of any NBA coach. He does things a certain way. He's an old-school guy. That helps.