Jordan clearly needed some hard feelings to be smoothed over with the Clippers, particularly with point guard Chris Paul, but the Mavs took on the challenge of trying to get him to leave a loaded team in the city that NBA players love the most. With Paul and Griffin, Jordan had as teammates a pair of perennial All-Stars in their primes.
DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and eight rebounds in the Clippers’ win over the Mavericks.
Mavs fans have every right to despise Jordan for the way he went about his decision in free agency a couple summers ago, ripping their hearts out by reneging on his commitment to come to Dallas. But nobody can deny that Jordan ultimately made the right decision.
New Orleans’ Anthony Davis dropped 45 Bernie Kosar Womens Jersey points and Cleveland’s Kevin Love scored 34 in the first quarter alone to lead Wednesday night’s standouts.
Better yet, take a glance at the Western Conference standings. The Clippers are in the top spot, with an NBA-best 14-2 record. Dallas is way down at the bottom, at 2-12, with every other team in the league owning at least twice as many wins after the Mavs lost seven straight games for the first time since February 1999.
“I feel like anywhere I would have been DeAndre,” Jordan told ESPN after putting up 16 points and eight rebounds in the rout. “I would have tried to help the organization out any way that I could, but I’m definitely happy where I’m at. This is a great organization for me. I’ve been here all my career, so it’s great.
“I wish these guys nothing but the best. I still owe those guys a lot for taking a chance on me. I just wish things would have gone differently.”
It took a remarkable recruiting job by the departed Parsons and Mavs owner Mark Cuban Briean Boddy-Calhoun Womens Jersey to talk Jordan into making what turned out to be a temporary commitment.
The Mavs, on the other hand, wanted Jordan to be part of a core with Dirk Nowitzki and Parsons. That’s a legend near the end of his career and a good player who has never been an All-Star and was coming off hybrid microfracture surgery on his knee at the time he was wining and dining Jordan.