There Is Said To Be No Riff Between Chris Paul And DeAndre Jordan 

Posted on May 26, 2015

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Follow me on Twitter @WilliamGMcCray and Instagram @SirWilliamGMcCrayIII to keep up on the latest!  There’s no beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan despite rumors, according to LA Clippers player Dahntay Jones, who told TMZ they are like brothers.

“Guys fight and argue on the court, but that’s just the emotion of the game,” Jones said. “But people want to blow things out of proportion.”

Jones is referencing a Fox Sports report that claimed Jordan couldn’t stand working with Paul and might become a free agency.  But Jones said it’s not true.

“Those guys are brothers, man,” he added. “They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don’t like a guy you stay away from him.”

“Everyone here wants DeAndre back. No other center can do what he does for us.”

  

Read and find out how this rumor began below:

At first it just seemed as if everything was going right for the Los Angeles Clippers and it was destined for them to potentially represent the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. Defeating the San Antonio Spurs in the first-round had the whole world on notice that they have what it takes to win it all. Falling to the Houston Rockets after being up 3-1 had to be one of the most disappointing collapses in recent NBA Playoffs memory and that will haunt them forever. What does the future hold for the Clippers moving forward?

This was supposed to be a story that ended with champagne showers in the locker room, confetti flying everywhere, and most importantly a championship trophy being raised up in front of the Clippers fans. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention one thing, it was a beautiful dream that turned into a complete nightmare.

Remember two seasons ago when the trophy was being brought down the tunnel, thinking that the Spurs have just captured their fifth championship title in Game 6 of the NBA finals? Then Ray Allen happened, hitting one of the biggest three-point shots in NBA history to ultimately help the Miami Heat force a Game 7 and win it all.

Well, it seems as if Game 6 in the Conference Semis for the Clippers had similar resemblance to that game because of the mental breakdown that occurred down the stretch. We all thought it was a sealed deal that they will be advancing to play the Golden State Warriors, blowing out the Rockets by 18 points in the third quarter with six minutes remaining. There is only one lesson that the Clippers should have learned this season, and that is to never take your foot off the gas and play with urgency for 48 full minutes.

The Clippers have a big decision to make this offseason whether or not they will keep DeAndre Jordan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July and begins to listen to other offers. It is said that Jordan will be looking for a max contract extension if the Clippers want to keep him, but is he really worth top dollars?

Jordan has averaged double digits in points and rebounds for only two seasons throughout his seven-year tenure. This year he averaged a career-high in points, rebounds, and field goal percentage with 11.5(PPG), 15.0(RPG), and shooting 71 percent from the field. He led the league in rebounding, field goals, and was fourth among league leaders in blocks with 2.23 per game. He was just named to his first NBA all-defensive first team alongside Chris Paul on Wednesday morning.

Los Angeles Clippers: What is next after a total collapse?

At first it just seemed as if everything was going right for the Los Angeles Clippers and it was destined for them to potentially represent the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. Defeating the San Antonio Spurs in the first-round had the whole world on notice that they have what it takes to win it all. Falling to the Houston Rockets after being up 3-1 had to be one of the most disappointing collapses in recent NBA Playoffs memory and that will haunt them forever. What does the future hold for the Clippers moving forward?

This was supposed to be a story that ended with champagne showers in the locker room, confetti flying everywhere, and most importantly a championship trophy being raised up in front of the Clippers fans. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention one thing, it was a beautiful dream that turned into a complete nightmare.

Remember two seasons ago when the trophy was being brought down the tunnel, thinking that the Spurs have just captured their fifth championship title in Game 6 of the NBA finals? Then Ray Allen happened, hitting one of the biggest three-point shots in NBA history to ultimately help the Miami Heat force a Game 7 and win it all.

Well, it seems as if Game 6 in the Conference Semis for the Clippers had similar resemblance to that game because of the mental breakdown that occurred down the stretch. We all thought it was a sealed deal that they will be advancing to play the Golden State Warriors, blowing out the Rockets by 18 points in the third quarter with six minutes remaining. There is only one lesson that the Clippers should have learned this season, and that is to never take your foot off the gas and play with urgency for 48 full minutes.

The Clippers have a big decision to make this offseason whether or not they will keep DeAndre Jordan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July and begins to listen to other offers. It is said that Jordan will be looking for a max contract extension if the Clippers want to keep him, but is he really worth top dollars?

Jordan has averaged double digits in points and rebounds for only two seasons throughout his seven-year tenure. This year he averaged a career-high in points, rebounds, and field goal percentage with 11.5(PPG), 15.0(RPG), and shooting 71 percent from the field. He led the league in rebounding, field goals, and was fourth among league leaders in blocks with 2.23 per game. He was just named to his first NBA all-defensive first team alongside Chris Paul on Wednesday morning.

His game revolves primarily on the defensive end where he is responsible for patrolling the paint and altering shots. Though he leads the league in field goal percentage, most of those points are coming off lobs and doing all the dirty work, whether is fighting for the offensive rebounds and making put backs. He does not have the ability to create his own shots if they were to feed him down in the paint, his game is mainly predicating coming off screen and going up for alley-oops.

One thing that really stands out for me as to why I believe he is not worth a max contract is that he is awful from the free-throw line. He shot 42 percent from the line this postseason and was exploited multiple times by the Spurs and the Rockets as they imposed the “hack-a-Jordan” strategy every game. He is a liability in the fourth quarter if he cannot convert his free-throws and if you cannot remain on the floor late in games, you do not deserve max money.

It has been said that Paul and Jordan have had a fall-out due to Paul’s annoyance of Jordan’s lack of commitment to improve on his free-throws, which was one of the reason why they lost against the Rockets. There have been no signs of improvement on his part to show that he is capable of knocking down his free-throw when it is desperately needed.

If he improves on his free throws and works more on his offensive game this offseason, then maybe he can be considered a max deal, but until otherwise proven, I believe the Clippers need to really think this situation through before they make an unwise decision that may hurt them in the long run.

The Clippers still need to address their lack of depth in the forward position and point guard position. If they can find a good defensive wing player who is capable of scoring consistently, then I think they will become the favors to win it all next season. A solid point guard is needed also even though Austin Rivers plays more of the two guard; he is not a player that can run the show. If the Clippers can get a player like Darren Collison who they could have used this postseason, then they can become a huge threat.

The only way the Clippers will be able to get over this debacle is if they win it all next season or at least make it to the Finals. Anything short of that will be a complete failure. Let’s see if the Clippers can have a successful offseason and get back to contention.