Yes, for those of you who attended the Justin Bieber concert last night at Amway Center, that really was J.J. Redick in the audience.
Redick spent a precious Orlando Magic off-night at the Bieber concert, but there were mitigating circumstances. Redick's wife, Chelsea, wanted to go.
“A happy wife is a happy life,” J.J. said after the Magic finished practice today.
“I have a general rule that if I have an off-day during the season that I owe it to her to do what she wants unless it’s harmful to my well-being. Her and her friends wanted to go.”
Redick has known Scott “Scooter” Braun, who is Bieber’s manager, for about eight years, and Braun provided Redick’s group with some nice seats.
Redick said he’s not a Bieber fan.
In fact, Redick prefers indie rock.
But Redick was asked today what he’d choose if he had to listen to either Bieber’s music or the music of Cody Simpson, who attended the Magic’s game Thursday night and served as Bieber’s opening act.
“I don’t know who Cody Simpson is,” Redick said. “We got there as he was kind of finishing up his last song. I just know he had a great head of hair and was wearing a wifebeater, and the teenage girls seemed to really love him.”
The Magic will have the rest of this afternoon off, and Redick will spend it by hosting a free basketball and leadership clinic for 80 children. The kids already have been selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.
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