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J.J. Redick talks about his love of food

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J.J. Redick doesn’t just have one of the NBA’s purest shooting strokes — he’s apparently one of the best gourmands in the NBA. In a recent interview with sportsandfood.com, Redick talked about how he’s become a “foodie” since his Duke days:

J.J. Redick: I was never a very adventurous eater growing up, despite the fact that my mother is a nutritionist and my parents have always had a garden in our yard. When I was at Duke, I finally had an avocado — accidentally — on a turkey sandwich. I was hooked. Next thing I know, I couldn’t get enough guacamole. Avocado was the first thing I ever ate that was outside my box. As I finished up my time at Duke, I certainly wasn’t a “foodie” but I was learning to enjoy the finer things in the culinary world.

During my third year with the Magic, I took a trip with Chelsea (my girlfriend at the time and now my wife) to Mexico and we both tried some foods we had never tried before. At that point, February of 2009, I officially became a “foodie.” Now I will try almost anything and can enjoy some different foods, such as pork jowls.

Redick goes on to name his favorite restaurants in Orlando, his favorite restaurants around the world, and his “normal” in-season diet. The least surprising part of this interview? Before retiring, Redick’s teammate Adonal Foyle was the biggest foodie in the NBA, and is also a wonderful cook. Seriously, why doesn’t Foyle have a morning show at this point?

Adonal Foyle gets front office job with Magic

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Foyle.jpgAdonal Foyle was about as beloved as an NBA journeyman can be. Because he was a lot more than that.

Foyle was active in philanthropy, part of the players union and just a renaissance man in the world of basketball. Media, fans, teammates, everybody loved him. When he retired last month people hated to see him go, they wondered what was next for him.

How about director of player development for the Orlando Magic? That became official today with word from the Magic.

It means he will be a go between for players and management, plus he will work on, well, player development. Which in his case will mean more than just developing a good spin move to the left. Which seems kind of perfect for him.

Everyone is just happy to hear that Foyle will still be around the league. It wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Adonal Foyle retires, but he has a long journey ahead

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According to Brian Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Adonal Foyle has decided to retire. That’s not “Magic center Adonal Foyle,” or “twelve-year veteran Adonal Foyle,” even if he happens to be both of those things. Rather, the NBA’s most renowned renaissance man, one of its most inquisitive minds, and one if its most philanthropic individuals will hang them up. It’s not an announcement that will necessarily affect anyone’s win total, but the league will be a little bit less interesting without Foyle as a part of it.

Robbins threw out two interesting tidbits regarding Foyle’s (and the NBA’s) future:

Because of his retirement, Foyle said he likely will resign his
position as first vice president of the National Basketball Players
Association within the next few days.

The Magic’s director of player development position is vacant, and Foyle could be an ideal fit for the job. But aside from continuing his humanitarian work — he founded the
nonprofit Kerosene Lamp Foundation in 2005 to help children — Foyle
said he hasn’t considered what he’ll do next.

He said, “Right now, I just want to finish this part of my life and
then really try to figure out how to journey to the next spot.”

That first note is important. Foyle has long been an important part of the NBPA’s operations, and with negotiations over the terms of a new CBA ongoing, losing an asset like Foyle is a pretty big deal. There are still plenty of ways he can be involved in that process, but losing a direct avenue for Foyle’s knowledge, perspective, and charisma is a loss for the players.

Robbins also kind of nominates Foyle as a candidate for Orlando’s director of player development gig, which comes as something of a disappointment. As Eric Freeman noted earlier this year on the now-defunct Sporting News blog, The Baseline, “Foyle has always seemed, if not exactly better than basketball, than at least more attuned to the emotions and larger issues that the game reminds us of rather than the sport itself.”

Simply put, there are guys who live and die with the game, and there are those for which there is always something more. Maybe not a greater calling, but a different one. Foyle has seemed to be such a player — Freeman mentioned at the time that Foyle’s reputation may be deceiving in that regard — and to that I’ll echo a slight disappointment should Adonal opt for a more conventional post-NBA path.