LA Lakers name TV pundit Redick as new head coach

The LA Lakers are have named television pundit and former player JJ Redick as their new head coach.

The former Orlando Magic and LA Clippers shooting guard moved into punditry with broadcaster ESPN after ending his 15-year playing career and has no previous coaching experience.

The 40-year-old also co-hosts a basketball podcast alongside Lakers stalwart LeBron James.

“I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world,” Redick said.

He replaces Darvin Ham, who was sacked by the Lakers in May.

"JJ is a fierce competitor and has an extraordinary basketball IQ and understanding of the modern game that will energize players and excite fans," Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka said, adding there had been "a thoughtful and thorough search process".

"His rigorous analysis will immediately unlock new opportunities for our roster while setting a foundation for player development over the long term."

Earlier this month, the University of Connecticut's head coach Dan Hurley turned down an offer, externalreportedly worth $70m (£55.2m) to take over as Lakers coach