Under Doc Rivers, members of the Los Angeles Clippers have felt free to speak their minds, and veteran guard J.J. Redick excercised that ability in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published on Friday.
Redick, who told writer Mike DiGiovanna that he “became sort of obsessed with [Donald] Trump” over the last six months, discussed his concern with how the new president has handled his first couple of weeks in office.
“I’m actually horrified right now,” Redick said. “People who are losing their healthcare, women who are losing their right to decide what to do with their body, that’s not funny to me. So, you can joke about crowd size [at Trump’s inauguration] and all of that B.S., but it’s not funny.”
“It’s about trying to get used to each other. Of course we knew what each other can do from when we matched up against each other when he was in Sacramento, but it’s different now, learning where he likes to be and where I can get my shots from, or where he can get his shots. We didn’t want to waste training camp trying to figure that out. We’re going to both use this to be ready and try to improve the team.”
New Orleans also acquired Rajon Rondo earlier this month on a one-year contract worth $3.3 million shortly after he was waived by the Bulls. Davis was impressed with Cousins’ ability to recruit his former Kings teammate during the 2015-16 season and praised him for helping build onto the Pelicans’ offense with the addition of Rondo.
“[Cousins] played with him in Sac, and he definitely knows him very well, as well as from Kentucky,” Davis said. “He definitely was a key part in getting Rondo. We’re just happy we got him. It goes back to DeMarcus just trying to help the team in whatever way possible. Helping us to go get Rondo was one of those things.”