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Analyst Says He Can No Longer Take 1 NBA Team ‘Seriously’

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The Los Angeles Lakers made the massive move to hire 15-year NBA veteran and former ESPN analyst JJ Redick to be their next head coach.

Redick’s deal is for four years.

While there have been plenty of takes on this particular hire, Fox Sports’s Emmanuel Acho did not mince words while saying how he felt about this hire on Speak.

“I can no longer take the Lakers seriously…I am viscerally upset with this decision,” Acho said.

.@EmmanuelAcho: I can no longer take the Lakers seriously. pic.twitter.com/LuNq414AlM

— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) June 20, 2024

Acho later noted that former players-turned-coaches have not had a solid track record in coaching after being put in charge of a team.

He used the Steve Nash-Nets example.

Nash was a legendary player but couldn’t guide a team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to a championship.

Redick will be attempting to change the game while coaching the Lakers.

He already has a good rapport with star forward Lebron James, who he co-hosted the Mind the Game Podcast with earlier this year.

He was also teammates with star big man Anthony Davis on the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019.

The Lakers have won just one championship in the last 14 years.

They have been through many coaches since the days of the great Phil Jackson, so the pressure will be on Redick to turn this ship around.

The former shooting guard played for the Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the aforementioned New Orleans Pelicans, and the Dallas Mavericks across his decade-and-a-half career.

With his brain and the abilities of players like James and Davis, the Lakers should be a playoff team next year, at minimum.

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