JJ Redick's veteran advice to Zion Williamson: 'Don't f— this up for me'

The veteran is telling it to the rookie straight.

The New Orleans Pelicans held media day on Monday amid a long wave of optimism that erupted when they got the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery and used it to take generational talent Zion Williamson.

Ahead of training camp, veteran JJ Redick had sage advice for the youngster.

“Don’t f— this up for me.”

The video sells the moment, with Redick admitting to his advice and Williamson laughing about it with the look of a mildly bewildered 19-year-old

“He had just given me some great advice and then, I mean, the whole mood shifted. He was like, I’m 13 for 13, don’t mess this up for me.”

The 35-year-old Redick, who also played collegiate basketball at Duke, signed with the Pelicans in July as a free agent. His 13 for 13 remark is in reference to making the playoffs every season he’s been in the league, first with the Orlando Magic for seven years. He reached the postseason after a mid-year move to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012-13, followed by four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and two with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The streak is in jeopardy, given a young Pelicans squad and a stacked Western Conference, and will depend on the success of Williamson.

It’s more a directive than advice, but it sure gets the point across.

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