Remembering Michael Redd: His release, his comeback, his legacy
In honor of his special return to Milwaukee and retirement, we thought it was only right to conjure up our most precious Michael Redd memories and share them.
Preston: After wrecking his left knee for the second time in as many seasons, Redd the player evolved into Redd the $18.3 million expiring contract. But the Bucks – amid a nightmare sequel to “Fear the Deer” – welcomed him back to the court in March 2011. During his second game, Redd hauled in a pass from Earl Boykins, revved up his split-second windup, catapulted the ball from behind his left ear and drilled a three-pointer – his first in 14 months and 1,000th in a Bucks uniform.
I scarcely crack a smile while watching the Bucks; I couldn’t help but do it then.
Ian: Michael Redd’s jumper is my all-time favorite. If you asked the a toymaker to make you a basketball action figure with spring-loaded shot, the toymaker would give it Redd’s jump shot. Whenever I’m far away from a trash can, I usually say, “Michael Redd,” then do his jumper – the highest form of flattery.
But Redd’s jumper isn’t his only legacy. We indirectly think of Redd every time Bucks fans talk about Nate Wolters after a few good games. Jon Leuer and Doron Lamb were held in high esteem. I even had hope for Tiny Gallon. Milwaukee Bucks fans always seem to have more hope for second round picks than most NBA fanbases. That’s Michael Redd’s legacy. Anybody can be an All-Star.
Jon: January 2, 2010 – I agree, this is a pretty weird favorite Redd moment, especially since he didn’t even play that well (27 points on 12-23 FG and 3-7 3P). He was struggling to come back from offseason knee surgery and his eruption in the fourth quarter and overtime not only helped the Bucks beat the Thunder in front of a loud Saturday night crowd. But it also reminded everyone in attendance how fun it was to watch him play, no matter how awful he was at defense. It gave me unwarranted hope that he could continue at this level. Three games later in Los Angeles he tore the same ACL and MCL in his left knee and the Redd we loved never returned.
Jeremy: The theme here seems to be a mix of nostalgia, yet an absence of fondness for those actual times. We all loved watching Redd play, but we all loathed the results of most of the games he played in during his prime. The Bucks were Michael Redd and not much else. Milwaukee’s lack of important games virtually throughout Redd’s career with the team kind of gives him a lack of signature moments. Therefore, more than most players probably, his style is his signature.
People will always remember him yelling, “AND ONE!” on his adventurous forays to the rim, just like they’ll remember that shooting stroke of his. Long and left-handed. It was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about him 10 years ago and it’ll be the first thing that comes to mind when I think of him 20 years from now.
This video (courtesy of Bucks.com’s Alex Boeder) from 2011 catches Redd warming up while trying to work his way back from his second ACL tear. He was still months away from getting back on the court, but you wouldn’t know it given how casually he splashes in three after three. It looks perfectly normal, like he could go for 50 later that night. There will always be plenty of good 3-point shooters in the NBA, but there won’t always be as many with as memorable a stroke as MIchael Redd.