LBS- “I think there was forced tension from the things we all heard about each other that wasn’t true at all,” Jordan said before the season.“It was just the outside (perception). We never asked each other about it.”
Dan Woike of The Orange County Register notes that there were plenty of people on and around the team who noticed tension between Jordan and CP3. What is unclear is if the awkwardness — is that a good word for it? — led to Jordan’s infamous offseason flip-flop between the Mavericks and Clippers.
“If I didn’t like Chris, I wouldn’t have signed here,” Jordan said.
Is anyone surprised by this? I mean, of course the media was responsible for fabricating this controversy. That isn't news. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan never even talked about their problems. That's how you know that they were never there in the first place. Conflict can't exist between two people unless those two people confront it face to face. Why do you think every relationship lasts like one year longer than it probably should? No one can truly be sure about the presence of an issue unless it is discussed in it's entirety. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul may have had a disagreement or two, but something can't be considered a problem until it's identified as a problem. Way to go sports media, you just had to go out of your way to play relationship counselor. Just had to complicate things with your incessant need for full disclosure. Couldn't you just let Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan grow to resent each other behind closed doors just like every other couple in this world that pretends to be happy? You almost cost the Clippers a chance at a championship by bringing up missed high fives and in-game arguments. Those unfortunate memories are supposed to be suppressed way deep down until they end up boiling over in fits of rage. However, the person responsible for turning the heat up and stirring that pot shouldn't be the person writing a daily sports column.
If DJ didn't like CP3 he wouldn't be here, duh. I guess you could say their marital woes were the reason for him almost leaving in the first place, but you don't know what you have until it's gone. Every couple fights. Just because one party decided to go out for a night or two of flirtation doesn't mean there are irreconcilable differences. Just means that DJ needed to see what life was like without Chris Paul, and wouldn't you know it, he came crawling right back. The Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't, and I really wish the media would stop their Satanic ways so these two angels could coexist in perceived harmony.