New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard JJ Redick has offered his takes on social media in the past and he let another one fly on his podcast on Jan. 15.
“I really believe this,” Redick said. “There are more guys concerned with getting a pregame fit on Instagram than they are worrying about the win and loss of a basketball game.”
In September 2018, Redick also spoke about social media usage, as he deleted all of his social media that year.
“I have this personality where I’m all in on something or I’m off of it,” Redick said. “With social media, I’ve never felt completely comfortable with it.”
“In many ways, the league’s love of social media is understandable,” Redick added. “It offers athletes a sense of control over the messaging, a slice of ownership over their public image. It can open doors and entertain the masses. But how much is too much?”
The younger generation of the NBA has grown up with social media and it is a common part of their everyday lives.
It’s clear that Redick looks around the league and sees that the NBA is full of players locked to their devices; on the bus, on the plane, on the trainer’s table, in the locker room, at the dinner table, as phones have become inescapable.