Like most Orlando Magic players, J.J. Redick looked forward to the All-Star break. He planned to spend time with his wife at their new home in Austin, Texas, and make the trip to Houston for a players association meeting about the future of the union's executive director, Billy Hunter.
But Redick happily would've sacrificed part of his break to participate in the 3-Point Contest in Houston. Redick entered Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks ninth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (115) and 30th in accuracy (40.1 percent).
Redick has been vocal in his desire to compete in the event. But he doesn't understand the criteria the NBA uses to select participants.
"I guess it's just completely random," Redick said. "I know they want to have a mix of All-Stars and non-All-Stars. That's what I've heard. Maybe one day I'll be in it."
Redick is good friends with the Hawks' Kyle Korver, who began Wednesday fourth in makes (126) and first in accuracy (46.5 percent), and Redick's confusion about the selection criteria was heightened when Korver wasn't asked to participate this season.
"I have no idea [what the criteria are]," Korver said. "I'm not sure if there is any."
But don't weep for Korver. He's participated in the event before. He's also the father of a 2-month-old baby girl, and wouldn't have accepted an invitation if it had been offered.
This year's participants in the contest will be Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner, Stephen Curry, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and Steve Novak.
Magic second-year center Nik Vucevic and rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson are looking forward to playing in Friday night's rookie-sophomore exhibition in Houston, which, for the second year in a row, mixes rookies and second-year players together on the same teams.
"It's very special," Vucevic said. "It'll be a fun experience for me. A huge honor to be part of it. With all the best players in the NBA, I get a chance to show myself all over the world. And home, too, people will be watching, hopefully."
J.J. Redick wanted to be in the Three-Point Contest at All-Star weekend
Orlando Sentinel | Feb 14