Sixers’ J.J. Redick had Celtics’ Kyrie Irving on his podcast, and posited a theory about dinosaurs that could prove controversial.
J.J. Redick is a basketball player by day, a podcaster by night, and that doesn’t change when he’s not in the United States.
After the Sixers lost to the Celtics on Thursday night in London, blowing a 22-point lead and losing by double digits, Redick recorded a podcast with an opposing player, Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving, a fellow Duke alum.
Irving controversially posited before the season that the earth is flat, and defended it on Redick’s podcast on The Ringer, titled “The J.J. Redick Podcast.” In past episodes, Irving has interviewed Sixers center Joel Embiid, Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns and late-night talk show host James Corden.
With Irving, the discussion of his flat-earth theory led into a conversation about conspiracy theories in general. It appears Redick has one of his own. He also claimed something was off on the court at the O2 Arena in London, but more on that after Redick’s big theory…
That is — he’s not sure dinosaurs ever actually existed. Here’s the transcript of his comments on the topic:
The one thing I question in life that’s similar to ‘flat earth’ — and I’m wrong on this, I know I’m wrong on this — but I’m not entirely convinced that dinosaurs existed. I’m not. I’ve come across some weird websites in my google searches. For example, the word “dinosaur” didn’t exist until like 1842. There was no word for dinosaur. Then, all of a sudden in the next 15-20 years after this British scientist comes up with this word dinosaur and describes it in a medical journal, people start finding fossils.
I’m thinking to myself, all right, humans, homo sapiens have been here since 10,000 BC, we’ve been roaming the earth, we’ve had multiple empires all over the world. North America, Central America, Asia, Europe, Africa, whatever. In all that time, we didn’t find any fossils until 150 years ago? It makes you think!
Before Redick and Irving began to chat about Duke, Irving’s move to Boston and other basketball topics, the Sixers guard took a quick aside to make a claim about the arena the two teams played at in London.
During pre-game shoot-around, of which the Sixers partook and the Celtics did not, Redick noticed something was off with one of the rims.
One rim was so (expletive) crooked. (Irving: Which one?) The one you guys shot at in the first half. We shot at in the second half. (Irving: I would agree a little bit. A little bit.) I was adamant this morning that we had to figure out a way wherever the bench was, that we would shoot at that in the first half so we could have the good rim in the second half. I guess cause you guys were the bench team you got to choose. I’m going to put a little asterisk. (laughs)
There might be something to this theory.
In the first half on the “good” rim, the Sixers shot 23 of 41 (56.1 percent) from the field and 7 of 12 (58.3 percent) on three-pointers. Redick had 18 points and made 6 of his 7 shot attempts.
In the second half on the “crooked” rim, the Sixers shot 15 of 41 (36.6 percent) from the field and 4 of 16 (25 percent) on threes. Redick only scored four more points and shot 1 for 5 in the second half.