Call me skeptical, but something tells me that J.J. Redick is perpetrating another prank on the all-too-gullible sports media corps.
Redick said today he plans pull a page out of pro rassler Ric Flair’s repertoire and adopt Flair’s signature “wooo!” when he makes key 3-pointers from now on.
On Saturday, Redick unveiled a spur-of-the-moment celebration when he swished a trey early in the fourth quarter of the Orlando Magic’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats. As Redick started to run back down the court, he made fists with both hands and drew his fists back toward his waist.
Redick was asked about the celebration after the Magic’s shootaround today, and he mentioned how former teammates Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson last season created a windmill/air-guitar celebration that ended with them sticking three fingers in the air.
“It’s a combination,” Redick explained when asked about his new celebration. “It’s kind of evolved, and it’s going to continue to evolve. I’ve already decided I’m going to add one element to it that has been unused thus far. But last year when Chris and Quentin would do their air guitar after a made 3, I would do like a thrusting motion. But then when I made a shot, I would just stick the three [fingers] up.
“So now, I’m combining the three [fingers] with the thrusting motion. And, after the game Saturday night, I’m also going to add in the Ric Flair ‘wooo!’ It’s a three-part combo of just jubilation.”
Redick was laughing when he finished his last statement.
I’m going on a real limb here, but I think he’s goofing off.
Several seasons ago, a rumor got out that Redick was making a rap album, and when asked about it, Redick continually would play along.
Most media outlets went with it as fact — except for the Orlando Sentinel, thank you very much — and Redick got a kick out of all the fuss.
I asked him if he was pulling another of his pranks today.
“No, I’m being serious,” he said, a smile on his face. “I’m going to add the Ric Flair.”
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun