JJ Redick Reportedly 'Early Favorite' to Land Coveted Head Coaching Gig

The former Duke star is the early favorite to land the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job.
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Former Duke Blue Devils standout and NBA veteran JJ Redick is moving closer to becoming a head coach in the NBA.

Redick, the former NBA three-point marksman turned ESPN analyst, is one of the candidates in the running for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching vacancy. On Tuesday, Shams Charania of the Athletic reported that Redick, James Borrego, and Sam Cassell “have emerged as the initial leading head coach targets.”

The 39-year-old Redick, who also hosts a podcast with LeBron James called ‘Mind The Game’ doesn’t have any coaching experience, making him an anomaly in the Lakers’ coaching search. 

However, it appears the lack of coaching experience hasn’t hurt the 15-year NBA veteran as he’s considered the “early favorite” to be the next Lakers head coach. 

Duke News: JJ Redick Reportedly Front-Runner for Lakers Head Coaching Job

NBA Insider Marc Stein reported on his Substack that the Lakers' job “might well be his to lose in the interview process.”

Based on these latest reports, plus the news about former Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski emerging as an “unofficial” consultant to help LA find its next head coach, the stars are aligning with Redick possibly being the next head coach with the Lakers.

Coach K is one of the best coaches in basketball and knows Redick personally as the former NBA guard played for him at Duke. If Redick got the Lakers’ job, he would face a tough challenge as Los Angeles is in win-now mode with Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

Nevertheless, nothing is set in stone, so we’ll see if the former Duke star guard can land his first head coaching gig in the coming weeks.

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