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Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves has lavished praise on the team’s new head coach and former player JJ Redick, calling him a “basketball genius.”

Reaves expressed his enthusiasm for working with Redick, highlighting their shared passion for the game and collaborative spirit.

“He’s a basketball genius… I think he’s gonna make a great coach. I can’t wait to get to work with him. He actually texted me yesterday… I can’t wait to put our brains together and have a good year,” Reaves said, emphasizing Redick’s impact on his career outlook.

Reaves’ agent has also voiced confidence in his client’s ability to thrive under Redick’s leadership, citing the coach’s deep understanding of the game and strategic acumen.

Throughout the past season, Reaves showcased significant growth, posting career-high averages of 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.

The Lakers’ decision to appoint Redick as head coach marks a strategic move to harness his basketball intellect and leadership qualities.

Redick’s transition from player to coach is anticipated to bring a fresh perspective and innovative strategies to the Lakers’ playbook.

As Reaves prepares for his fourth NBA season, he looks forward to leveraging Redick’s mentorship and guidance to elevate his performance on the court.