If New Orleans Pelicans fans want to talk written material with their favorite sharpshooter and podcast host J.J. Redick, they’ll now have a chance.
As most people around the United States, and around the globe for that matter, continue to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the NBA is finding ways to say in the loves of fans. For the New Orleans Pelicans, J.J. Redick is trying a unique method to keep in touch with fans.
Many players around the league are experimenting with fan interaction through Instagram Live and video game streaming options; most players around the league seem to be trying to find some sort of way to keep active with fans via social media channels.
Redick is giving fans a unique option for content consumption during the league suspension.
Noted as an avid reader and often mentioning books in interviews and during his series of podcasts, Redick is giving fans a literary option for staying connected with his team.
During last Thursday’s edition of The J.J. Redick Podcast with co-host Tommy Alter, the duo announced they’d finally be launching their book club, which will allow them to keep in communication with fans during social distancing.
The first book featured as a part of the club is City of Thieves by David Benioff, a historical fiction novel that runs 258 pages in length.
“I feel like my takeaway from [City of Theives} the first time I read it was how funny it was, it’s an incredible story and I guess it’s losely based on David [Benioff]’s grandfather who was based in Russia during World War II,” said J.J. Redick on his podcast.
The two also noted that the book moves at a quick pace, noting readers can likely knock the book out in two days due to its tone and loose nature.
During the podcast, the two also made it clear that they’d start discussing City of Thieves on their next podcast giving their audience a chance to dig into and get situated with their copy of the book.
Versions of the book can be found online via e-book or physical copies via retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but don’t be afraid to reach out to your local bookstore to pick up a curbside copy during this time of distance-keeping.
Missing the last handful of games before the suspension of the season due to a hamstring injury, Redick is probably getting a chance to spend even more time reading than normal.
Potentially, the book club could allow Redick to grab the attention of a few new fans, drawing more love towards the entire New Orleans Pelicans organization.
The New Orleans Pelicans have a murky picture surrounding the conclusion of their 2019-2020 season but keeping players like J.J. Redick to keep up with conversations around the fanbase should make the team feel a little less distant.