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JJ Redick Bids A Final Adieu To Podcasting

The Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach stepped aside from the offseason chaos and released a brief final episode of his podcast to thank those who made his media journey possible and, as he put it, have a “final sendoff.” 


Well, if the four-year contract to become the next Lakers head coach didn’t already do so for him, JJ Redick can now officially say goodbye to podcasting.


The 15-year NBA veteran and now first-time head coach, who put any questions of continuing to host his podcasts while simultaneously serving at the helm of the Lakers to bed at his introductory press conference, released a final episode of “The Old Man & The Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter” on July 8, formally ending his media content journey. 


As he said in that press conference, this may not be the end-all for podcasting, but for now, Redick has now officially removed himself from the sports media landscape.


"For the time being, and hopefully it's a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space," Redick said back on June 24.


Series Finale


The three-and-a-half-minute episode, titled "A Final Message From JJ Redick," gave Redick a chance to thank those from his production company, ThreeFourTwo Productions, and those who made his shows possible over the last four years and now 276 episodes. 


“Obviously we’re in a little transition here at ThreeFourTwo,” Redick said. “I will be moving on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers. ThreeFourTwo is alive and well. ThreeFourTwo will continue to operate. I’m going to have no involvement. My entire focus right now is on coaching the Los Angeles Lakers and making them the best possible team they can be.” 


Redick went on to thank many people, including ThreeFourTwo Productions Head of Production, Jason Gallagher, and his co-host and media company co-founder, Tommy Alter. 


“I have been very fortunate in my life that I’ve gotten to do some amazing things, and whenever I reflect on the cool stuff — high school basketball, playing at Duke, my NBA career, all the stuff that I did over the last three years in media — whenever I reflect, I always come back to the people that I got to do it with,” Redick said. “I have been very fortunate and I feel very grateful for all the amazing people that I got a chance to work with over the last four years at ThreeFourTwo.”


Looking Back At JJ Redick's Podcast


From his first episode amidst the pandemic back in August of 2020 to his final episode now almost four years later, Redick carved out his own niche in the sports podcasting world and undoubtedly paved the way for fellow NBA player-hosted podcasts that now grace the media space like "The Draymond Green Show," "Podcast P with Paul George," or even "The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone." 


Over the course of his tenure in podcasting, Redick hosted a plethora of guests, including current and former NBA stars like Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Shaquille O’Neal. But he also pushed the boundaries of sports, and hosted guests from other industries like former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, renowned director Adam McKay and even former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams. 


Redick connected with listeners through his interviews but also his frequent mailbag questions and top-five draft topics that always became hotbeds for debate. 


Additionally, Redick hosted an iteration of “The Old Man & The Three” called “The Old Man & The Three Things,” where he would touch on three topics surrounding the NBA landscape in an added segment to his regular show.


Then, back in March, Redick and LeBron James, who he will now have the liberty of coaching, started another podcast called “Mind the Game,” which ultimately ended back in early June, as Redick began his final stint in the booth as part of the NBA Finals broadcast team alongside Mike Breen and Doris Burke. 


While Redick has no formal coaching experience, the practice he got in working alongside his guests and the relationships and connections he made in doing his podcasts will undoubtedly assist him in this highly-touted Lakers head coaching gig that he officially embarked on last month. 


Out of all the current NBA head coaches, Redick now almost certainly has the closest relationship with players across the league as a result of his years in the NBA and his podcasts.


“To everyone who has subscribed, listened, watched — thank you guys,” Redick said. “This is a new chapter, a new challenge in my life. I’m extremely excited about it, but I’m also very thankful for the last four years and everything we’ve been able to do.” 


 

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