Mac Engel

Deriding DeAndre Jordan provides Mavericks a break from sad reality

We take this break from the latest bout of idiocy regarding our favorite Cowboy, Greg Hardy, to lament the selfish stupidity of our least favorite non-Dallas Maverick, the pride of Texas A&M — DeAndre Jordan.

Rather than appear at a press conference at American Airlines Center in early July to celebrate his signing a fat deal with the Mavs, DJ’s first appearance at AAC this season was Wednesday night as a member of the LA Clippers.

You can’t spell c-o-w-a-r-d without D-J.

“I can see both sides,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game. “It’s like we tell our kids — get over it.”

Easy for you to say, Doc. You got him. And Chris Paul. And Blake Griffin.

We’ve still got Dirk, and for one night that was enough.

We should move forward, but don’t forget. Bleep DeAndre Jordan.

If any player deserved to have a trash game and his team deserved to lose one regular-season game, it was DeAndre Jordan and the LA Clippers on Wednesday night.

The Mavs’ 118-108 win against the Clippers did provide a badly needed break from reality for this franchise.

The whole night cut open too many sports scars and was a brutal reminder that Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s grand plan to rebuild his team has been a wreck.

“He is who we thought he was,” Cuban said before the game of his former prized free agent recruit.

Which is why the team offered DJ a four-year, $80 million deal at the start of NBA free agency in July — because they knew this is the type of guy he is.

Despite DJ’s nine-point, 11-rebound blah night, there are less than zero good ways to spin this.

There is no “we are better off without him” junk that Cuban offered after Deron Williams and Dwight Howard both said no to his free agent offers.

The Mavs are not better off without DJ, however immature he is.

From the moment DJ was introduced to every time he touched the ball and tried one of his nine free throws, Mavs fans let him hear it with the type of frustration befitting a guy that ghosted his way out of a verbal agreement with the team thus changing the entire direction of the franchise.

When Jordan threw down a nasty lob dunk midway through the first quarter, and then shot a glare at the booing fans said everything you need to know about this jolly dope.

Why is he glaring at a fan base that he teased and then essentially destroyed? This guy is a brat worthy of this fan base’s wrath well after this game, this week, this month, or this season.

Rivers is convinced the ire and the hate directed by Mavs fans at DJ will fade after this first meeting at the AAC. Hopefully he is wrong. It should not.

Of the guys that Cuban has invited to join his team, DJ’s yes-no hurts the most. Just because he said yes to Cuban does not validate the plan. DJ may have said yes, but he’s not here.

This man is everything you hate about today’s stereotypical spoiled stars. You hate him, and you need him, and he knows it.

Jordan’s absence from his “former” team is glaring, and his presence on his current team is perfect.

Cuban thought DJ was a Shaq-type of player. Jordan is a freak athlete, and comfortable where he is, doing what he is doing. He has no interest in doing what the Mavs wanted, which was to build their team around him.

“We want to build around him, too,” Rivers said.

No team can build around a guy content to take the shots like DJ did Wednesday night, and accept that he is one of the worst foul shooters in the league. DJ is clearly happy as a great rebounder, shot blocker, and entrenched behind Griffin and Paul.

That’s his right, and it’s not a bad life.

Despite those realities, and his comical trips to the foul line and offensive range that is a good three feet from the rim, the man can do things this team desperately needs. Defensively, he changes everything for a team.

Center Zaza Pachulia is a nice player — likely better than this team thought when it acquired him after Jordan refused to answer Cuban’s messages — but Zaza is a backup on a good team. He is a starter on an average team.

The Mavs did everything an NBA team could to win a regular season home game, and they did it because their 37-year-old Hall of Famer had it going for one night. Dirk was Dirk once again — he scored 31 with 11 rebounds; there have been few things in this town any more pleasing to watch over the years.

Conversely, there have been few stories any worse for the Mavs than the DeAndre Jordan saga.

Cuban said he has no regrets in pursuing Jordan, and he shouldn’t.

His grand plan hasn’t worked, and for one night watching the Mavs stick it to DJ and the Clippers was a much-needed break from that reality.

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Mac Engel: 817-390-7697, @macengelprof

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