In a wonderfully detailed piece of reporting, ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelbourne and Tim McMahon captured DeAndre Jordan’s odyssey from committed future Dallas Maverick to guy hiding inside his house so he could avoid Mark Cuban and stay with the Clippers.
There are plenty of interesting nuggets, but one in particular sticks out — Clippers star Blake Griffin initially encouraged his teammate to honor his commitment to the Mavericks.
Jordan had called Griffin on Monday to say he was having serious misgivings about his decision. He had built a life in Los Angeles. Why was he leaving? Had he just gotten caught up in the frenzy of the recruiting process? Did he really want to be the face of a franchise? Griffin told Jordan he had made a commitment and needed to live up to it. They’d still be friends, regardless of whether they were teammates. But Jordan seemed troubled. Griffin told him he needed to call Rivers if he really wanted to revisit his decision.
So had Jordan actually taken the initial advice of his best basketball buddy, they would no longer be teammates.