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How the Clips snatched Jordy from the Jaws of a Shark (Cuban)

9 Jul

In the words of Mark Twain, the news of the Clippers’ demise were exaggerated.

What Cuban doesn’t understand is this.  Even though DJ had some issues at LAC, namely with CP3 being an overbearing jerk sometimes or DJ not having a bigger obvious role offensively, there were other things that trumped those.

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Even though he was projected to be picked as early as the 10th spot in the 2008 draft, he was passed over by everyone.  He was a great athlete with poor fundamentals and was unpolished.  Clippers are the ones who took a chance on him and picked him 35th overall, a rather low pick.

In 2011 he almost left the team for Golden State but in the last minute the Clippers matched the Warriors’ offer and kept DJ.  He spent his entire career in LA and practically grew up with the team. Later he was joined by another rookie, a freaky athlete, Blake Griffin, and they instantly bonded.

Bonding is something that Cuban either doesn’t understand or want to enter into the equation.  When soldiers go to battle they bond for life.  The Clippers have been through several seasons of absolute adversity.  The last few seasons when they finally left their perennial cellar position and began to make the play-offs, real adversity began. In battling against Memphis, Golden State, OKC,San Antonio and Houston, the Clippers went through hell and back.  Their biggest battle, though, was their hellish experience with Donald Sterling and the season-long scandal that beleaguered them through no fault of their own. They became battle hardened soldiers who won some and lost some.  It’s hard for any of soldiers who go through so much adversity for so long to leave the company. That invisible bond has been the Clippers biggest asset in winning DJ back.

On top of that, this short free-agency period has been an opportunity to air out issues and put everything on the table.  Now that DJ has made his point, that he wants more touches, that CP3 at times stepped on his toes, whatever issues he had with the organization, they are all now on the table and can be worked on.  It is likely that whatever team someone is on eventually they will have issues, and the Mavs wouldn’t have been any different. It’s normal that when people work together tensions arise and they’ll just have to work through them.  This was perhaps the worst possible way of putting the issues on the table but still, better late than never.

Anyone who has every left a job in which they were wanted and well-paid knows how hard it is to leave the familiar and move to another, likely and uncertain one.  One has to uproot oneself and go being to run roots elsewhere.  People do it all the time but it’s not easy unless the upside hugely trumps the heartache.  Dallas is a fine organization but it’s a team at the tail end of its glory and has to build its strength back up.  You may get lured in with the promise of more touches but at what cost?  How many years would you have to wait until Dallas is a contender?  Once you’re considered the number one option you are on the spotlight.  There is prestige that comes with it, but there is also a tremendous amount of pressure and frankly, DJ has a problem with pressure.  His free throwing in practice is average but once he’s in a real game situation with thousands of eyes focused on him his free throwing goes to hell.  That tells you all you need to know.  Some people thrive in the spotlight and some people don’t like their weaknesses paraded.  As the third offensive option, DJ was not as much in the spotlight as the other two, but even then he had to step up to the free throw line often, and it was not pretty.  As the number one option, that issue magnifies.  Those who think that the move to Dallas is going to somehow magically solve that problem are mistaken.  In LA he was shielded from part of that pressure.  As a number one option the opposite happens.  DJ did well in LA exactly because of the situation he was in.  Change that dynamic and he might actually do quite poorly.  Imagine him in the Dallas uniform losing games through his free-throwing at crucial moments and being booed by the home-crowd.  As much as you may not want to, that’s a very real possibility and quite likely.  In short, the move was not right for DJ, at least not this year.

The Clippers snatched DJ from the jaws of defeat because DJ’s bond to his buddies is stronger than Cuban’s jaws.

Billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban poses in this undated publicity photograph for his new reality television series

Billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban poses in this undated publicity photograph for his new reality television series “The Benefactor” as he gets ready to give away $1 million to a complete stranger. The series premieres on the ABC television network September 13, 2004 with sixteen contestants from around the country who will vie for the money in a competition of dramatic challenges, tests of character and intelligence. NO SALES REUTERS/Craig Sjodin/ABC/Handout

But here is an alternate theory: Doc kneeled and sang a song for Jordan:  Jordy Come Back!     http://wp.me/p2wEfU-2I

P.S.: Those who think the NBA commissioner can magically strike down this deal and just hand DJ to Dallas need to do their homework.  The commissioner neither has that power nor the desire.  Just because the commissioner did that to the Lakers in the CP3 deal doesn’t mean the commissioner can do the same here.  In the CP3 deal, Chris paul belonged to the Hornets.  You may not remember that the Hornets had actually been taken over by the NBA and thus Stern had the power to overturn the deal acting as the owner of the team.  The NBA has no such ownership over DJ.  Case closed.  Stop your fantasies.

Earlier: NEWSFLASH: NBA cancels season, hands trophy to Spurs: http://wp.me/p2wEfU-1T

Clippers Release New Song: Jordy Come Back!

8 Jul

Spending all my alley oops
All my cap space on other free agents
Doing anything just to get you off of my mind
But when the game time comes
I’m right back where I started again
Trying to forget you is just a waste of timeout

Jordy come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in every ball you dunked
Jordy come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t win without you

All day long, wearing the new logo
Trying to avoid another free throw
But as the 24 second clock winds down
I get that empty feeling again
How I wish to God that you were here

Jordy come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in every rebound you tipped
Jordy come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t win without you

Now that I we are at halftime
Give me the chance to make you see
Have you used up all the screens you set
Nothing left for me
Ain’t there nothing left for me

Jordy come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in every shot you blocked
Jordy come back, listen, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t win without you

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs on an attempted dunk at Staples Center on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 19: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs on an attempted dunk at Staples Center on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

NEWSFLASH: The Lakers were dead and now the Clippers are dying too.

7 Jul

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing away of another great Los Angeles team, the Clippers.  After bravely fighting a long battle against illness, the Clippers finally woke up for a year but right after that they died again instantly.  The team is survived by its heart-broken fans who for a little while mistook them for a real team.

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While this is the only time the Lakers have died in recent memory, the Clippers are trying to successfully die a second time.  The first time the Clippers died was when they got rid of Donald Sterling and unseated the NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs.  In doing that, the old losing Clippers died and a new, more confident and winning one was born.  However, not long after that, on their way to winning the NBA championship they had a brush with death again.  They had Houston Rockets on the ropes and killing them.  Up 3-1 against Houston, they gave them one win to return home where they stormed to a 20 point lead late in game.  Then suddenly and inexplicably they began to miss their own good old losing selves and decided to start losing again.  They thought to themselves “oh, this winning thing is not all it’s cracked up to be.  We used to be happier when we were miserable.”  Even though Houston tried to lose the series really hard and let the Clippers go all the way, the Clippers would have none of it.  They rolled over and played dead.  They had the most disgraceful exit of any team in the history of basketball and effectively died again.

Then DeAndre Jordan decided to bolt to another Texas team down the road from Houston, the Dallas Mavericks, to make sure that the Clippers stay dead and don’t magically come alive.  Some say this was because the Clippers changed their logo which was so bad that Jordan he had no choice to bolt.  Others say he left because he didn’t want to play for a team whose point guard had two first names. Yet others say he did not want to play third fiddle, because it was too much pressure, and so he accepted $80 million from the Mavs to play the fourth fiddle for them.  Whatever it was, Jordan was gone. Things got so bad that even the coach’s son, Austin Rivers, decided to ditch his dad’s team and go look for another team. Perhaps he, too, will move to Texas because the state has already named a town after Austin Rivers.

So not only the city of Los Angeles does not have any football teams now, it doesn’t have any live basketball teams either.  The only question remaining is can Los Angeles support two dead basketball teams playing in the same building, and if so, should the Staples Center be called The Zombie Center?

Speaking of centers, the Clippers don’t have any.

P.S.: On Thursday, July 9th, the Clippers fans breathed a collective sigh of relief as heavens smiled on them and the basketball gods resurrected them as DeAndre Jordan reversed his earlier decision to join the Mavericks.  What really changed his mind?  He watched one episode of The Shark Tank and saw Mark Cuban’s performance and that was enough.