|Born:||August 24, 1979
|Ht: / Wt:||6'6" / 215 lbs|
A shooting guard playing professionally for the Milwaukee Bucks, Michael Redd will make his Olympic debut in Beijing. He played for the U.S. in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, in which Team USA qualified for the 2008 Games and Redd averaged 14.4 points (fourth on team), shot 53.0 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from three-point range. He set a U.S. qualifying record of 3-pointers made (29) and attempted (64).
Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images Outside of basketball, Redd says two of his favorite sports are tennis and table tennis
A second-round pick by the Bucks in the 2000 NBA Draft, Redd had raised his scoring average each year until 2007-08, when he averaged 22.7 points per game. His career-high average was 26.7 points in 2006-07. Redd turned in a career- and franchise-high 57-point game on November 11, 2006, against Utah. He made 18 field goals in the game, six of which were 3-pointers, and scored 42 points in the second half. Redd's lone NBA all-star appearance came in 2004, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team after the 2003-04 season.
Buying a place of worship
After the 2005-06 season, Redd was married to his wife Achea. The couple gave birth to their first child, Michael Redd II, on June 9, 2007, in their hometown of Columbus. Also in Columbus is the Philadelphia Deliverance Church of Christ, at which the pastor is Redd's father, James. After signing a contract extension with Milwaukee in August 2005, Michael delivered on a promise he made in high school: Buy his father a church. The building seats 500 people; James' congregation previously worshiped out of storefronts and basements.
It's not ping pong
Redd says that if he wasn't playing basketball he would pursue a career in broadcasting. But if there was one other sport he could play other than basketball, it would be table tennis. "I love table tennis," he said. "I played a lot when I was little, in a lot of tournaments. And I played in college a little bit." In fact, Redd took a college course on table tennis, and beat his instructor in a match. He hasn't found any teammates that enjoy playing, but he's excited about the possibility of watching the sport in China, where it's wildly popular. And he makes sure not to call it by its more popular American name of ping pong. "I've got respect for it. I've got respect for the game. I love that game."
The Ohio State University
An honorable mention All-American as a junior and sophomore, Redd ended his career at Ohio State ranked fifth in career field goals made (699), fifth in career points (1,879) and seventh in steals (149). He remains an Ohio State sports fan, though he doesn't get too excited about a top-ranked football team. "See I don't get excited with that because we're No. 1 all the time," he says. "Either that or we win a national championship. Every year, year in and year out, we're like No. 1 or No. 2. They do a terrific job of recruiting."
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