Larry Brown Sports- The core of the team had been together for more than three years, and tempers were wearing thin. Jordan and Chris Paul had gotten into it more than once, which led Jordan to start seriously contemplating what it might be like to play elsewhere in 2015-16.
He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan…
This story? This story right here? This is why NBA free agency is easily the most entertaining free agency period in professional sports. You honestly can't make it up. DeAndre Jordan turning down a lucrative offer to rejoin the Clippers as a key cog in a championship caliber team because his point guard didn't slap him five enough. It's almost so absurd that you have to respect it. If you don't stand for nothing, you will fall for anything, and DeAndre refuses to get left hanging in front of national audience. I am going to need someone with far less of a life than myself to go through all the game tape and count up the amount of times that CP3 gave all his other teammates high fives in comparison to Jordan. I'm not saying he's wrong, I am just saying it's strange that not one media outlet picked up on it over the course of the season. Especially with how much they pride themselves on turning trivial, petty things into breaking news stories.
If he is right, I can't even be mad at it. Let's be honest, professional athletes are just grown men playing a kids game. Who can blame them if they take on the characteristics of children while constantly working in an environment that lends itself to such? Being mad enough to make 'important' decisions based on whether someone gives you some skin or not is straight out of the 3rd grade recess playbook. However, that's exactly where these guys started mastering the craft that they now do as a profession. Not to mention, that slapping hands is an integral part of a basketball game. After every whistle. After every foul shot. Hell, friends or not, snubbing someone of a handshake in a basketball game is essentially the refusal to acknowledge them as a person or a teammate. It's like the football or hockey equivalent of fucking their wife. There is apparently a thin line between being a constructively critical leader and a bad teammate, and apparently that line is marked by the presence of the most simple of gestures. NBA free agency is anything but unoriginal.
P.S. Bet you Chris Paul wouldn't miss Kevin Durant's hand...