On July 8, 2015, DeAndre Jordan made the decision to re-sign with the LA Clippers despite giving his word to the Dallas Mavericks. On Friday, during the Clippers media day, Clippers' head coach, Doc Rivers, suggested he's willing to participate in a cage fight against Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban to settle the Jordan contract matter.
To back up a bit, for those who don't already know, center DeAndre Jordan had given the Dallas Mavericks a verbal commitment to signing with them for the upcoming NBA season. However, Jordan reached out to the Clippers' head coach's son (not his teammate, Austin Rivers, but Doc's other son: Spencer Rivers), via Snapchat. He asked if he could get into contact with Doc to discuss the fact that he was second-guessing his decision to leave the Clippers for the Mavs.
This eventually led to a Twitter war, complete with emojis between Mavericks players and Clippers players. Then it led to Jordan basically being held hostage by the Clippers and ultimately to Jordan re-signing with the Clippers, along with Jordan firing his manager who almost forced him to sign with the Mavs. That in spite of his unwillingness, because his manager and the Mavs owner share a close friendship.
Now obviously the Mavericks are quite upset about the whole situation, especially since Jordan gave them his word. Therefore, it's fairly evident that there's bad blood between head coach Doc Rivers and Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
According to USA Today, Rivers appeared on Colin Cowherd's new show on Fox and criticized Cuban's handling of the situation. He said the Mavericks' owner was "screaming and yelling and crying," after Jordan's decision.
"I don't know Mark well, did he handle this well, no," Jordan said according to USA Today. "To me, he acted very silly."
As reported by Bleacher Report earlier this week, Cuban responded on Cowherd saying, "First of all, he obviously didn't hear what I said, because I didn't say a whole lot ... I responded to DJ's Twitter apology and that's pretty much it ... The most interesting thing is, it shows what someone will do when their entire future is vanishing in front of them. And that's exactly what Doc did, and I give him credit for it. His professional life was over if he didn't get DJ."
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 23, 2015
Which is why on Friday, according to the Washington Post, during the Clippers media day, when Rivers was asked a question about the continued shots between himself and Cuban, he said, "Listen, Mark's an owner and I'm a coach. Unless we're going to play one-on-one or get in a cage match - which you guys can all sponsor, I'm good with either one of those - I think it's him talking and me talking and we're both wasting time."
You can watch the video at the LA Times.
Clearly, Doc's way of settling situations is much more personal and basketball related, as opposed to Cuban's style of whining. At least Doc's got what he wanted: DeAndre Jordan as his center.© 2019 Mstars News, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.