First Thoughts

First Thoughts from Inside the NBA Bubble: Retirements, awards and more – The Athletic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Do you remember First Thoughts, from before when the world changed?

Well, here’s my practice version, a shaking the rust off, if you will, having not done them in more than four months. Nevermind the headline. You know the format. There is some good stuff in here on J.J. Redick, and Zion Williamson, and LeBron — you may have heard of them. Oh, and I break out of my hotel room Sunday, for the first time in seven days.

J.J. Redick is one of five 36-year-olds currently playing in the NBA. Only four (Vince Carter, 43; Udonis Haslem, 40; Kyle Korver, 39; Tyson Chandler, 37) are older than that, and one, Carter, has already said his career is over.

I asked Redick, who is in his 14th season and the first of a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the Pelicans, if the starting and stopping of NBA seasons caused by the novel coronavirus, and the uncertainty over the immediate future (next season, for instance) would impact…

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