Although the NBA season has been suspended, basketball fans can still connect with the biggest stars of the sport by listening to The JJ Redick Podcast, where former Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard and fifteen-year NBA veteran JJ Redick gives fans an inside look at life in the NBA. The podcast consists of thirty- to ninety-minute episodes of authentic conversations between JJ and other celebrities and NBA players. Over the last three years, Redick has published forty-six episodes and counting, which can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your web browser.
Among Redick’s most interesting podcasts include one-on-one conversations with Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Tobias Harris, and Zion Williamson. In addition to interviewing NBA players, Redick also chats with celebrities including Seth Meyers, James Corden, and M. Night Shyamalan.
I would recommend starting with JJ’s first episode (recorded on November 29, 2017). Redick and hometown favorite Joel Embiid discuss Joel’s social media presence, his basketball upbringing in Cameroon, and adjusting to the NBA lifestyle.
Other strong episodes include both occasions where JJ sits down with former 76er and current Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler. The first of the two episodes was recorded about one month after the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Butler to the 76ers in December 2018. Butler and Redick discuss Jimmy’s fallout in Minnesota, his reputation as a player, and details from a practice in Minnesota where Jimmy reportedly challenged the Timberwolves’ star players.
The second podcast between JJ and Jimmy was recorded earlier this year, during Butler’s first season with the Miami Heat. In this episode, Butler and Redick discuss why re-signing in Philadelphia did not work out for both of them, what went into Butler’s decision to sign with the Miami Heat, and how team chemistry directly correlates to team success.
One of the most accomplished guests JJ has interviewed is NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen (recorded on March 30, 2018). The two sharpshooters discuss the anxiety and desire for perfection that comes with being a consistent three-point shooter in the NBA, compare their pre-game routines, and talk about dealing with the expectations of teammates and fans. JJ also explains why Allen was one of his top three favorite players growing up.
Whether you listen while eating a meal, working out, or before going to sleep, NBA fans will not regret tuning into The JJ Redick Podcast to pass the time at home.