The Los Angeles Lakers have announced JJ Redick as their new head coach, marking him as the 29th head coach in the franchise’s storied history.

The 40-year-old former NBA player has signed a four-year contract with an annual salary around $8 million, although specific terms were not disclosed.

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Lakers release statement welcoming Redick

“We are thrilled to introduce JJ Redick as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,” stated Lakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka.

“After a thoughtful and thorough search process, I couldn’t be more proud to welcome JJ, his wife Chelsea, and their two sons to the Lakers family. JJ is a fierce competitor and has an extraordinary basketball IQ and understanding of the modern game that will energize players and excite fans. His rigorous analysis will immediately unlock new opportunities for our roster while setting a foundation for player development over the long term. He brings an intense dedication to innovation, advancing the game and staying at the forefront of an ever-evolving league. Beyond his basketball acumen, JJ has a care for people and genuine empathy that are critical for connecting with players today. This is an exciting time for Lakers basketball.”

Redick, who enjoyed a 15-year NBA career, is recognized for his sharp shooting and high basketball IQ.

He played for multiple teams including Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, the LA Clippers, Milwaukee, and Orlando.

Notably, he was part of 14 teams that made it to the NBA Playoffs and ranks 20th all-time in made three-pointers.

“I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world,”Redick said.

“This opportunity for me is all about service to the players, team, and organization. I want to express my utmost appreciation to Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka, and the entire Lakers front office. My goal will focus on delivering championship-caliber basketball for Lakers fans everywhere, building on the tremendous history and legacy of the Lakers. I am excited to surround myself with a veteran, innovative staff as we work relentlessly to develop individual players and maximize the team’s potential. My family and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for this new chapter in our lives and look forward to immersing ourselves in the vibrant Los Angeles community.”

Lakers bet all the marbles on rookie head coach

Despite having no prior professional or collegiate coaching experience, Redick has been involved in the basketball world as an analyst for ESPN and a co-host of a podcast with LeBron James.

His fresh perspective and deep understanding of the game are expected to bring a new energy to the Lakers.

Redick has expressed a strong desire to transition into coaching, having interviewed for other head coaching positions before the Lakers appointment.

The Lakers are confident that Redick’s passion, work ethic, and innovative approach will compensate for his lack of coaching experience.

With the support of a seasoned coaching staff, Redick aims to lead the Lakers to new heights.

The immediate focus for Redick and the Lakers is to assemble a coaching staff and prepare for the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency.

The organization faces a busy period ahead, and Redick’s influence will be crucial in shaping the team’s future.

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