Unbeknownst to most of the basketball world, Chris Paul and JJ Redick hated each other. Now that they’re co-workers, they have no choice but to get along. Per Yahoo! Sports: “We have actually had a chance to become real close, real quick,’ Paul said. ‘Who would have thought after the battles we had in college.’ Said Redick: ‘We connected right away.’ The rivalry between Paul and Redick began when they both played in the Atlantic Coast Conference at schools just a 90-minute drive from each other: Redick starred at Duke from 2002-06 and Paul was at Wake Forest from 2003-05. ‘We had some battles at Wake Forest,’ Redick said. ‘The game I kind of got into it with him our team had like three or four technicals.’ Said Paul: ‘Before I got to know him he was no friend of mine. It is what it is. But that’s how it was in college.’ The boiling point between Paul and Redick came in the summer of 2004 when both were counselors at the Jordan Brand Camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. During a scrimmage between the two, Redick became so irritated that he struck Paul. ‘I actually had to apologize to him,’ Redick said. ‘…I put my hands on him during a game. It was a hand to the face type of move. I don’t know how to describe it. We were in the dorm at UC Santa Barbara, and I was told I had to apologize to him. I knew he didn’t like me then, but he did [accept the apology].’ Since joining the NBA, Paul and Redick never spoke over the past seven seasons. Last season, Paul missed three games after bumping knees with Redick during a 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 12 that snapped a franchise-record 13-game home winning streak for the Clippers. Redick said the last incident caused Paul to ‘harbor more animosity’ toward him. ‘I didn’t like him either,’ Redick said.”
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