Magic take Redick with No. 11 pick

Updated: June 28, 2006, 11:02 PM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- J.J. Redick drew the ire of fans at Madison Square Garden during the NBA draft.

He's almost certainly going to get a much warmer reception in Orlando.

The Magic took Redick with the 11th pick Wednesday night, apparently undeterred by the former Duke guard's recent revelation that he has a herniated disk in his back.

Redick, the Atlantic Coast Conference's career scoring leader, has the most 3-pointers (457) and highest free-throw percentage (91.2) in NCAA history -- plus figures to be an immediate complement to Dwight Howard's inside game for the Magic.

"I always have something to prove," Redick said. "I got booed relentlessly tonight at the draft and it's not even a sporting event. And to be honest with you, I loved every minute of it. I had a smile of my face because of it. That's the things I use as motivation, all the negative criticism that I've got in the past couple weeks."

Redick was arrested two weeks ago in Durham, N.C., on charges of drunken driving. He was pulled over without incident after turning around as he approached a license checkpoint near the Duke campus, registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent -- over the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.

"The incident was an isolated incident and I have to be clean from here on out," said Redick, The Associated Press' Player of the Year. "I understand that."

A day before the arrest, Redick canceled a scheduled workout with the Magic -- reportedly because of the back injury, which he revealed publicly this week. Redick told ESPN on Tuesday that he suffered a herniated disk in his back during a recent workout, but received a cortisone shot and hasn't been bothered by it for a couple weeks.

"As long as my rehab program continues to progress the way it is, I should be back on the court next week working out," Redick said.

The injury, which is pressing on a nerve, forced Redick to cancel recent predraft workouts. He said it will not affect his plans to play in the NBA summer league and in national team tryouts next month.

"It's something that may cause him to have some discomfort from time to time, but as his body matures so will this area in his back," Orlando general manager Otis Smith said. "He responded very well to treatment that was given a couple weeks ago, so that's a good sign for us."

After injuries kept All-Star forward Grant Hill off the court much of his six frustrating years in Orlando, the Magic could use some luck in the health department.

Redick will likely battle for a starting job with DeShawn Stevenson -- assuming the Magic re-sign him. Stevenson opted out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, but the Magic will likely do their best to keep Stevenson around for defense.

"We want to have the luxury of having both those guys out there," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

Redick was the second Duke player taken in the lottery portion; the Atlanta Hawks chose forward Shelden Williams with the No. 5 pick. Orlando likes Redick's swagger and mental toughness, and team officials said they hadn't seen such a pure shooter in the draft for many years.

"Especially when he played on the road in front of hostile crowds, you saw a guy make shots, and he just kind of had that air about him, like 'I can do this all night and there's nothing you can do about it," Hill said.

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