October 1, 2013 |
LA JOLLA - On the first day of the Clippers' training camp here Tuesday, Coach Doc Rivers praised DeAndre Jordan , saying his center was "fantastic today" in a defensive role. And that is where Rivers wants Jordan to make his mark on the game for the Clippers. "You don't have to do it on the offensive end to be a star," Rivers said after the first of twice-daily practices on UC San Diego's campus. "You can be a star and a winner by doing it on [defense]. He was pretty much that today.
December 19, 2013 |
The Clippers' biggest "kid" is meant to be seen and heard. Otherwise, DeAndre Jordan isn't doing all he can to be the defensive menace his team needs. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound center continued to be active on both fronts Wednesday, saving sluggish teammates from a potential letdown against the New Orleans Pelicans. "We had to push through, and I think D.J., his energy, he just kept telling us, 'Come on, come on, fellas,' and we fed off it," Clippers guard Chris Paul , who struggled through an off shooting night, said after his team's 108-95 victory.
April 24, 2014 |
OAKLAND - Golden State's shots kept bouncing off the rim. Some nicked the front, others clanged off the side and still others caromed high off the back. It only seemed as though DeAndre Jordan was there to grab every rebound. The Clippers center repeatedly extended his massive hands to seize the ball, doing it for the final time with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night at Oracle Arena when he grasped Stephen Curry's airballed three-pointer, flung a pass to teammate Chris Paul and raised his arm in triumph.
April 4, 2013 |
The evolution of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is ongoing - and whatever the final result is, the responsibility is in his hands. Even Jordan recognizes that. "Do any other basketball players stop growing as a person and as a player when they're 24?" Jordan asked. "So, yes, I'm still growing and evolving - as a player and as a young man. " As the starting center for the Clippers, there are high expectations for Jordan to be productive and mature on the court. And that has been a constant battle.
February 11, 2012 |
We're talking history here. The kind of thing you might never see again in your lifetime. None of the Clippers had been witness to such an amazing accomplishment before. There was a buzz throughout the locker room after having DeAndre Jordan take their breath away. Just think if you had the chance to be there to watch Babe Ruth point to center field in Wrigley Field and watch him hit the next pitch there for a home run. What a thrill it would have been to be sitting ringside when Cassius Clay whipped Sonny Liston , or sitting in the stands on a night when Sandy Koufax was perfect.
January 7, 2012 |
Sure, I teased him. Gave the super crummy free-throw shooter the whole Page 2 treatment. It was his time. I know. He's still so raw, so young and I ordinarily wouldn't waste time on someone who owns only one car. But DeAndre Jordan has had time to settle in, showing enough that the Golden State Warriors tried to swipe him from the Clippers, showing enough that Donald Sterling paid more than $40 million to hang onto him. ...
November 10, 2012 |
It was halftime of the Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers game Thursday night and DeAndre Jordan was in the midst of having another impressive outing. That prompted a bold comment from TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal. "I'm going on the record. The best center in the West right now is DeAndre Jordan," O'Neal said. "You heard it here first. " Well, file that under Shaquille O'Neal hyperbole, but Jordan has made people take notice of him with his improved play at center for the Clippers.
May 7, 2012 |
At some point, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro hopes, starting center DeAndre Jordan will become a factor in the first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. In the first three games, that hasn't been the case. "It's really D.J. gets the first look because he's the starter," Del Negro said. "And then as the game goes on, the matchups and who is playing well and the rhythm of the game, sometimes that dictates a lot of that. " That means that Reggie Evans will get more playing time at center.
November 17, 2013 |
DeAndre Jordan can ice the aching feet. He can wrap the tired knees. Soothing his newest defensive asset requires a more creative remedy. "A lot of tea," the Clippers center said late Saturday night. "Something with a lot of honey in it. " That's right, nothing says quality defense quite like Jordan's motormouth, which is running from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Just go to a Clippers game and listen. He's often talking on defense even before the ball crosses halfcourt, letting his teammates know what's happening and what they need to do about it. "I'm out front and I can't see everything behind me," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said.