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08:09 AM ET 04.11 | J.J. Redick isn't much for surprises, and he wasn't all that interested in having any for his return to Orlando Wednesday night. "I need to be in the moment," he said. But Redick was caught off guard, learning only 90 minutes before the game that the Magic had prepared a video tribute in his honor. It was a classy gesture by the club and fans rose to give J.J. a standing ovation midway through the first period. ... Redick teared up and waved to the crowd, his coolness having melted away. There was a shot of Redick's wife, Chelsea, on the Jumbotron, wiping her eyes, retouching her makeup. A nice, bittersweet moment of a forgettable season, a season of rebuilding and reunions.

Orlando Sentinel

J.J. Redick, US Presswire J.J. Redick, US Presswire
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April 11, 2013  08:35 AM ET

WHY IN THE WORLD DOES JJ REDICK GET A VIDEO TRIBUTE!!!!!!!!! Who was this guy sleeping with in the front office lol

April 11, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Great gesture by the Magic. There's nothing wrong with doing a good thing. Brush it away all you want but the guy probably gave so much to the community and the team.

April 11, 2013  08:43 AM ET

I think this is great. This should be done for all Duke players.

April 11, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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Great gesture by the Magic. There's nothing wrong with doing a good thing. Brush it away all you want but the guy probably gave so much to the community and the team.

Great gesture but I do see it as a worthy one. There are many players that do so much in the community and for the team but that does not warrant a video tribute. Nor does his career numbers. Maybe dude is one of the nicest guys in the game and thats what the tribute was about. I hate to see what they do when Jameer Nelson comes back to the team in another uniform.

April 11, 2013  08:50 AM ET

He wasn't with the franchise that long was he?

April 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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Great gesture but I do not see it as a worthy one. There are many players that do so much in the community and for the team but that does not warrant a video tribute. Nor does his career numbers. Maybe dude is one of the nicest guys in the game and thats what the tribute was about. I hate to see what they do when Jameer Nelson comes back to the team in another uniform.

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April 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Great gesture but I do see it as a worthy one. There are many players that do so much in the community and for the team but that does not warrant a video tribute. Nor does his career numbers. Maybe dude is one of the nicest guys in the game and thats what the tribute was about. I hate to see what they do when Jameer Nelson comes back to the team in another uniform.

I think for non-Magic fans it's not good but for those fans it does mean something especially when they lost 2 franchise players to LA.

April 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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He wasn't with the franchise that long was he?

I think he was there for about 12 minutes.

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April 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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I think this is great. This should be done for all Duke players.

Agreed because this is the closest any Duke player will ever get to any type of HoF ceremony.

April 11, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Agreed because this is the closest any Duke player will ever get to any type of HoF ceremony.

Maybe, but there are plenty of titles that could not have been won without Duke players on the court. But therein lies the difference between Duke, other schools, and people like you who value individual accolades over what is beneficial to the team. Personally I don't care about the HOF. The idea of a way done guy celebrating what he once was never interested me. But if that's your deal, I'm not mad at you.

April 11, 2013  09:54 AM ET

I'm a Duke fan, and I think Redick has worked his butt off to make himself the best pro player he could possibly be, but his going 1 for 12 from the field has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion.

April 11, 2013  10:15 AM ET

You Can Go Home Again, Bro.

April 11, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Agreed because this is the closest any Duke player will ever get to any type of HoF ceremony.

Maybe not a lot of Duke players in the HoF, but there sure are a lot of them in the NBA.

April 11, 2013  10:35 AM ET

A cynic would say that was half intended as a tribute to Reddick and half as a giant middle finger to Dwight Howard: See how we treat players who DON'T spend three years trying to talk their way out of town?

April 11, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Where was the Knicks video tribute for Nate Robinson?

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April 11, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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A cynic would say that was half intended as a tribute to Reddick and half as a giant middle finger to Dwight Howard: See how we treat players who DON'T spend three years trying to talk their way out of town?

Youre exactly right. The fans will love you if you play hard and dont screw them like Howard and Lebron did. Show them a little respect and not like a piece of garbage and the fans will almost always treat you with respect.

 
April 11, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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I think this is great. This should be done for all Duke players.

I don't completely share this sentiment, but it was classy of Orlando to receognize the hard work this guy did to make himself a good NBA player (for Orlando),

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