Clippers' Jordan snubbed for All-Star Game yet again despite another monster game
Houston, we have a problem. DeAndre Jordan is heading your way for the All-Star break.
Jordan is going to Texas for the break, but he should be in New York singing Tupac and dunking and laughing during All-Star week. He'd also bring a little something the All-Star Game hasn't seen in years -- defense.
Jordan got snubbed -- yet again -- for the All-Star team Wednesday after Anthony Davis gave up his spot to rest his injured shoulder.
Commissioner Adam Silver picks the final selections if an All-Star gives up his spot, and Dirk Nowitzki was named to the newly-opened All-Star spot during the Clippers' 110-95 win over the Rockets at Staples Center.
Jordan didn't seem bothered by the fact that he's not heading to All-Star festivities with teammates Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. He joked that he's OK with it, too, since he has a non-refundable ticket to Houston.
But if he's starting to campaign for next year's game, this probably wasn't the way to do it.
"If I play in an All-Star Game, I'm playing defense," Jordan said. "Hard."
When was the last time a player defended in an All-Star Game? That's not exactly part of the criteria.
Jordan throws down monster dunks and is a rebounding machine. He has personality, too. Just watch his musical acts that double as postgame interviews.
He'll still watch the All-Star Game since his teammates are playing in it. Blake Griffin, who usually FaceTimes Jordan from the All-Star Game, had to back out because of surgery he had Monday to remove a staph infection in his elbow.
Jordan has been the All-Star for the Clippers, especially with Griffin out, having three consecutive 20-point, 20-rebound games. All in one week.
If there's something else he needs on his resume, he believes it's more offense. Jordan averages 10.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and is making 72.5 percent of his field goals.
"Next year I probably just have to average 20 points a game," Jordan said. "I'm happy for Dirk. He deserves to be an All-Star. At this point, there's nothing I can do about it. I've accepted it and moved on. It's cool."
Jordan's mom, Kimberly, was tweeting about it. Doc Rivers is frustrated by it. Those around him might be upset, but Jordan is trying to look at the big picture. The Clippers have never won an NBA title.
"At the end of the day, there's an ultimate goal for our team and our organization, and that's a lot bigger," Jordan said.
Rivers was more pointed about Jordan's snub.
"I think DJ should be on the All-Star team. I think it's a travesty. I really do," Doc Rivers said. "Dirk deserves to be on the All-Star team every year as far as I'm concerned. You can never have anything against him. He's been a great player throughout his career.
"I just think a guy that's getting 22 and 27 and 20s and 20s, that's not on the team? You play both sides of the floor. Just the one side of the floor (offense) keeps getting all the credit and not the other side. The other side is more important. There's never been a team that's won a title without being a decent defensive team or great defensive team. Yet, that side keeps getting forgotten about in the All-Star Game."
So Rivers made a pitch for defense in the All-Star Game. And again, that's probably not the way to win over All-Star love. It shouldn't be that way, but it is.
"I think every year they should put the best defender on," Rivers said. "They put the best offensive player on every year. They should think about putting the best defensive player on every year. On both sides, East and West. Then that would be solved and easy. DJ should be on. We all know it. But that's all right. DJ knows we're playing for bigger things than All-Star Games."
Jordan had another monster game against Houston as he had 20 points, 24 rebounds and attempted a career-high 26 free throws as the Rockets employed the Hack-a-DJ strategy. He made 12 free throws.
"Honestly, in the two years I've been here I can't remember a time when it worked," Redick said. "If he gives us one, we're good, especially games like tonight where we were playing solid halfcourt defense. We feel like going down the stretch we can rely on our defense to get us stops.
"If DJ can give us one, that's great for us."
Jamal Crawford went up to him at midcourt to chat with him and give him confidence before most free throws. Jordan said he appreciates the confidence his teammates and coaches give him. His free throw shooting percentage has dipped below 40 percent this season, but he's at 41.4 percent.
And once the Rockets realized the strategy didn't work, Chris Paul was fouled and the crowd started chanting "DJ!"
"I love it. Our fans are great," Jordan said. "I thought it was kind of weird they were chanting "DJ!" when Chris was shooting. There's a height differential there. But it's cool. We all love it. As long as we keep winning, everything will be good."
It might not mean an All-Star spot, but he's his mom's All-Star. Kimberly Jordan had several fun tweets about the All-Star snub, including one asking if they play defense in the All-Star Game.