ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic are holding guard J.J. Redick out of summer league play because of a back injury.
Redick repeatedly has said he's not bothered by the herniated
disc in his back, an injury announced just before the Magic took
him No. 11 overall in the NBA draft. He received a cortisone shot
about a month ago and said he won't need surgery.
"I feel I could be out there, but we had to decide if it was
worth the risk and not take the chance," he said.
General manager Otis Smith said Friday the club was holding him
out as a precaution because Redick hasn't played full speed in four
Redick also said he isn't certain whether he will train with Team USA, which opens pre-2008 Olympic workouts July 19 in Las Vegas. He was one of 23 players chosen for the squad, including Magic teammate Dwight Howard.