Duke's Redick talks candidly about the draft process
Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 11:26AM; Updated: Friday June 30, 2006 11:07AM
J.J. Redick is projected to go anywhere between 11 and 16 in Wednesday's draft, but will a bad back cause him to slip?
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Let's say you or I go on a job interview. We shave the dome, buff the shoes, put on a nice suit, spruce up the résumé and brandish a firm handshake. J.J. Redick can throw on a Duke T-shirt and a pair of shorts and brace himself for the moment when some middle-aged NBA type instructs him to take off both articles of clothing.
There is a lot of poking, prodding and picture-taking (that was just in Orlando) for Redick to endure. NBA teams can't afford to be careless given the gobs of cash (much of it guaranteed) a blown first-round pick can cost them, and Redick, projected to go anywhere between 11th and 16th in tonight's NBA draft, is certainly no exception. I caught up with college basketball's most decorated player on Tuesday, en route to an NBA Cares event at Baruch College in New York, to see how his job search was coming along and to gain a little insight on how the fresh meat generally fares at the draft market.
SI.com: What was the last "straight" job you had? Did you have to interview?
Redick: I was a host at a barbecue restaurant in Roanoke, Va. I kinda knew the owner of the restaurant, so I really didn't have to interview for it.
SI.com: How intense is the predraft interview setting? Is it you underneath a hot lamp in a dark room with a bunch of silhouettes asking questions?
Redick: The first time I really sat in front of a team was Utah. They took me into a conference room. There were probably like nine or 10 people in there: personnel people, GMs -- it's pretty intimidating. They ask you questions. Some of them are softballs, like "How many brothers and sisters do you have?" Other ones are hard. "How do you think you can contribute?" "What do you think your weaknesses are?" Then again, I'm sure if you get a job at JP Morgan, they're going to ask you what your strengths and weaknesses are and what you need to improve on.
SI.com: What's the strangest question you've been asked so far?
Redick: One team asked me, "What is one and one?" And it was an abstract question. They wanted to see how I answered, how I wanted to interpret it. They asked another guy who was at the same workout what was three and three. He told 'em you could take three and put it over three to make a fraction that would equal one. I don't really think that way.
SI.com: How many middle-aged men does it take to conduct a full-body inspection?
Redick:(laughs) I've been to some places where you take your shirt off and you're in spandex and they're taking pictures of you at different angles and you're like, "What is the point of this?" But they want to know what your weight is -- should you gain? should you lose? -- and how you can improve your body. Not only that, but there's the prodding. The physicals that we went through in Orlando, all the different tests we did, and then the actual workouts themselves, which were essentially a tryout.
SI.com: How, ahem, "hands on" were these physicals?
Redick: It was very physical. Obviously, you got the whole body physical: blood, urine work, everything. But then you had to go see four doctors at a time in 10 or 12 rooms with different types of doctors -- orthopedic doctors, team doctors -- and you get quizzed on every type of injury you had. You could've sprained your wrist as a sixth grader playing baseball, and they would want an X-ray of it.