Michael Redd had a season-best 25 points against the Houston Rockets Sunday night. Redd went on a furious scoring streak that showed glimpses of his days as a Milwaukee Buck where he was an All-Star in 2004 and an Olympic gold medalist in 2008.
Redd's minutes have been pretty inconsistent this season, so his numbers are not what people are accustomed to seeing from him. Being out of basketball for so long, Redd had to work his way into the rotation by getting in to basketball shape as well as defining a role with this team.
Stats are often misguiding for those who are stat buffs. Seeing Redd run up and down the court injury free is just as exciting as seeing him swish three-pointers in opposing defender's faces. Injuries are the worst things in sports, and it sucks to see players get hampered by injury.
Redd's last few seasons have not been memorable due to severe knee injuries (ACL and MCL). It was unknown if he would ever play again in the NBA after he tore his knee for a second time.
I've been watching Redd since I was a kid in Columbus, Ohio. From Columbus West High School to the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Milwaukee Bucks, Redd has had to face several challenges throughout his basketball career. With Redd's strong work ethic and Christian faith I knew that there was no way that he would not return to the hardwood without a fight.
Thanks to hard work by Redd and the Suns' top-notch medical staff, he is slowly shaping into form.
With last night's performance I hope that Redd can earn more playing time. It is a crucial part of the season for the Suns as they make a push for the playoffs. With Redd's scoring punch off the bench to go along with experience, he will be needed more than ever.
It was great to see a blast from the past performance from a classy guy. I hope Redd's redemption story only gets better and helps the Suns achieve an unexpected playoff birth.