Dallas Mavericks

Jordan was “cool” with his reception in Dallas


DALLAS – All that booing and heckling the Dallas Mavericks fans did to DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday didn’t seem to bother the Los Angeles Clippers center.

At least that’s what he said following the Mavs’ emotional 118-108 triumph over the Clippers at American Airlines Center.

"I thought it was going to be a lot worse, honestly,’’ Jordan said. "But it was cool.

"They’re obviously going to boo and heckle a little bit, but I thought it was going to be a lot worse. Ultimately, we came out here to win a basketball game and that was it.’’

Jordan wasn’t in the mood to rehash the events of this past July when he told the Mavs he was going to sign a free agent contract with them, and then changed his mind five days later and instead decided to re-sign with the Clippers.

"I’m just tired of the same questions,’’ Jordan said. "I talked about this three months ago.’’

Owner Mark Cuban said he’s tired of talking about Jordan, too. But he also kept all the text messages he exchanged with Jordan and indicated that they may find their way into the public eye.

"I had texts from his teammates at the time and I deleted those, and those were even more interesting,’’ Cuban said. "It’s just nice to have.

"Sometimes you keep things as a reminder in business -- here’s the proposal I made that didn’t work, here’s the one I did that did work. Just reminds me of things, and if there’s ever a good reason to release them, I will.’’

Now about those text messages, Jordan said: "I mean, as long as there’s not naked pictures of me, I could care less.’’

Jordan got booed every time he touched the ball Wednesday and wound up with nine points and 11 rebounds. He also was 3-of-9 form the fee throw line when the noise level was at a fever pitch.

"I mean, my job is to be a defender and a rebounder, a stopper for our team,’’ Jordan said. "I felt like I did what I was supposed to.

"Our defense, we need to tighten it up a little bit. We play these guys four times, so we’ll see them again. It’s not something I’m going to go home and cry about, but we definitely have to tighten some things.’’

The Mavs wanted to sign Jordan and make him their featured player. They were even going to teach him some low post moves.

Instead, Jordan decided he had a better deal with the Clippers where the lion’s share of the pressure resides on the lofty shoulders of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Jordan was the first Clipper introduced during pre-gaem introductions and he was heavily booed then, and heavily booed every time he touched the ball Wednesday.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle even took a veil shot at Jordan and his poor free throw shooting while praising Zaza Pachulia and his excellent free throw shooting.

"Our guy’s a 90 percent free throw shooter, and we love him,’’ Carlisle said of Pachulia. "His basketball IQ, his basketball purity is pure as the driven snow.

"He’s a veteran guy that wants to be part of something bigger than himself and he loves winning.’’

Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t see where the crowd had a factor in the way Jordan played.

"I thought the emotion thing, I thought the emotion was in the crowd,’’ Rivers said. "I thought on the floor you had two teams fighting to win a basketball game, and so that’s emotional anyway.

"Other than that, if it was a January afternoon and those two teams played, the game would have been played the same. The crowd was emotional, so that’s fine.’’

Still, the Mavs walked away believing the loud noise from the crowd played a major role in them claiming a victory over one of the NBA’s best teams.

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