Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cookeville Native Gaining Notice In The NBA

A man who was born in Cookeville some 26 years ago is about to get millions of dollars from the NBA. J.J. Redick's mother and father were living in the area and working as pottery artists back in 1984 when he was born. Redick was home-schooled while they lived here, and the family later moved to Roanoke, Virginia. He became a stand-out player at Duke University and has been playing for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. But over the weekend, the Chicago Bulls offered him a $19 million dollar three-year contract. The Magic have a few more days to match that offer. Redick was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft. Officials say he has steadily improved in the NBA, and become a key player off the bench for the Magic.