‘Most Important Thing That Happened in My Career’: JJ Redick on LeBron James’ Miami Heat Super Team

Published 10/14/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates after scoring the game-tying basket in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 98-95. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)


LeBron James has accomplished many things in the NBA. From player respect to almost every offensive record in the playoffs, LeBron has got everything. So much that some former players consider some of his decisions or plays to be the most important events in their career.

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Like LeBron James almost single-handedly led his team in the 2016 Championship victory. Which was arguably the highlights in the careers of players like Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and JR Smith. So it isn’t surprising that JJ Redick, a former Magic and Clippers star, said that one of LeBron’s decisions was the most important thing that happened in his career.

Redick felt that in terms of player empowerment, this trade decision led by LeBron James was the most important thing he witnessed in his career. When he was conducting Gabrielle Union’s interview on his show, this is what he told her.

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JJ Redick on the importance of LeBron James’ first super team

While interviewing Gabrielle Union on his YouTube show, Redick spoke about what the 2012 Miami Heat team signified. Therefore when he was talking about the super teams prior to the Heat in the interview, he said, “We have talked about this a few times on the show. Most recently, for a few minutes with Blake Griffin. He brought up the 08 Celtics team. You just mentioned that there were many super teams prior to the Heat.”

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James participate in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)

After explaining how the Heat differed from the other super teams, Redick said, “Obviously Pat was involved in getting this sort of deal done. And you know the front office had to figure out cap space. Bron and Chris and D-wade all had to give up a little of money to make it work. But the engine, the sort of an orchestrator of this whole move for really the first time in NBA history was three players doing it. It was a watershed moment in this whole player empowerment era. And so I couldn’t agree with you more. Like it is to me, it’s the most important thing that happened in my career.”

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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