Looks like we’ve got a good old-fashioned rivalry brewing. It’s about time. A Lakers-Celtics matchup isn’t enough to get me to pick up the remote much less punch in the channel number, and the Clippers-Warriors rivalry is more like an older sibling versus his little sibling after Golden State got it’s latest Championship this past summer.
Everyone knows what happened this summer with DeAndre Jordan. He committed to signing with the Dallas Mavericks, then realized that he was still a child and wanted to stay home with his friends. At least that’s they way I’m reporting it. The latest entry to this story is the back-and-forth between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Los Angeles Clippers Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. In an interview with The Orange County Register, Doc Rivers said that Jordan chose “substance and character [the Clippers] over smoke and mirrors [the Mavericks].”
I don’t know, what do you think has more substance – an organization and owner that’s built a Championship team or an organization that hopes to build a Championship team? Who’s putting up smoke and mirrors – the guy that’s been there and done that or the guy that says he’s going to do that?
“Did you see me out in front of the cameras screaming and yelling and crying? I didn’t do that. I was disappointed. I was disappointed internally and I handled it that way…Mark tends to do things out in the open and that’s fine.”
Oh, and “character”? I guess we’re going to just ignore the fact that the Clippers broke the rules while trying to resign DeAndre Jordan. Yeah, we’ll just leave that piece over here, right next to the last 20 years of Clippers history.