Lakers Jan 17, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers logo at center court at the Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers made a huge move, hiring ESPN analyst JJ Redick to be their next head coach.

Redick, who’s never coached before, will join the Lakers and be signed on for the next four years.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of Redick’s hire.

“JJ Redick has agreed on a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,” Wojnarowski posted on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.

While Redick was a superstar in college and had a lengthy NBA career, doubt and skepticism remain on his coaching prowess. The team’s decision to hire Redick received plenty of skepticism with some criticism mixed in on Thursday afternoon. But also, there were optimistic Laker fans out there too.

This will likely be debated for a while, so don’t expect this noise to stop.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

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