The Rift Between Chris Paul And DeAndre Jordan Is The Biggest Load Of Media Fueled Bullshit I Have Ever Seen
PBT- Sources say Paul’s well-known edginess and drive ground on Jordan’s nerves for much of the year. Contributing to the problem was Paul’s view that Jordan lacked the appropriate commitment to working on his free throws, including not working enough with the Clippers shooting coach on that issue, sources said.
“Things aren’t good there,” a league source familiar with the inner workings of the Clippers organization said. Asked if the issues between the two were serious, the source said, “Oh yeah. (Jordan) might leave. He really might.”
It's truly amazing how there is always controversy in a locker room AFTER a team loses. Especially when it happens in a fairly devastating fashion. Listen, I am not saying that Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are best friends. I am not even saying that it's a forgone conclusion that DeAndre stays in Los Angeles. I am saying that this fabricated issue that they have with each other won't have a bearing on his decision. Just from an outsider pint of view, it certainty looked like the Clippers were one of the most close knit teams I have ever seen. Now, does it bother a 90-something percent foul shooter that sometimes the game hinges on his teammate's ability, or lack there of, to make free throws? Sure. It also bothers every single person that is invested, financially or emotionally, in a Clippers victory. Doesn't mean that we lack respect for DeAndre Jordan or want him off the team. In the eyes of Chris Paul, and virtually everyone else who has ever taken a foul shot, Jordan can't possibly practice foul shooting enough. In fact, he should be practicing them around the clock until he's at least shooting 60% from the stripe. However, to think that the Clippers roster is going to look drastically different next year because of a small, internal locker room argument is baffling. We are taking about a flaw that wasn't responsible for costing them any of the games during their collapse. A flaw that will, in all likelihood, become nearly obsolete with an impending rule change regarding intentional fouling.
Does Chris Paul's confrontational leadership style get on the nerves of the easygoing Jordan? I am sure it does. It gets on the nerves of every one when the team is losing. However, his attitude towards the game is the very same reason that this year's Clippers team didn't do a lot of losing. You don't want to get yelled? Perform to the best of your abilities. This is the NBA. DeAndre Jordan is a grown ass man that's potentially about to get the maximum amount of money allowed by the league to play basketball. Despite his extraordinary physical abilities, the reason he is going to get paid that money is because Chris Paul helped turn him from an athlete to an All Star. If he has to withstand a little constructive criticism in return then it is a small price to play. Chris Paul needs DeAndre Jordan, DeAndre Jordan needs Chris Paul, and the Clippers need them both. At the end of the day I think all three parties realize that, and I highly doubt a low foul shooting percentage is going to compromise the future of the franchise.
Yup, they hate each other...