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Audio: The Long Strange Journey of Michael Redd

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A couple weeks ago, Matt Moore of CBS/ESPN/FanHouse fame asked me to put together a segment for his new project, Voice on the Floor. The basic idea of VOTF is to get NBA bloggers talking about the things they've been spending years writing about. Kind of like the hoops equivalent of NPR's This American Life, the weekly audio/podcast features both interviews and spoken word essays from such interweb luminaries as Lang Whitaker, Rob Mahoney, and Rob Peterson. 

I didn't know what I was going to talk about initially, but the concept intrigued me. And having known Matt since we both started going to Summer League in Vegas a few years ago, I was eager to be a part of the latest cool idea he was working on. Besides, I figured Brew Hoop readers would probably be eager to hear just how annoying my voice is in real life.

In any case, head over to VOTF for my piece on Michael Redd. I've written about Redd many times in this space, and long-time readers will know that I've never been a Redd fan per se. Still, I've always appreciated his abilities and Iike to think I've given him a fair shake. Yet in prepping this essay, I couldn't help but think not only about the disappointing path Redd's career has taken, but also how our perception of Redd and others like him reflects the evolving nature of fandom in the 21st century NBA.