DeAndre Jordan Rumors

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DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
Position: C
Born: 07/21/88
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $9,881,598
Though NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Walt Disney Co. executive chairman Bob Iger appear — Garcetti describes his phone call to Sterling soon after the scandal broke as “one of the most bizarre talks I’ve ever had” — the film is anchored by interviews with Rivers and former players on the 2014 team including Chris Paul, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes. (Times staff writer Dan Woike also appears.)
Storyline: Donald Sterling Documentary


Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan is known for his rim-rattling dunks but the big man credits his on-court production and ability to stay positive during the COVID-19 crisis to an unlikely source — meditation. The 31-year-old All Star now wants to show the world his enlightened side with his show the Mindful Life, which debuted last week on PlayersTV, a new channel on Samsung TV Plus that delves into the lives of athletes.
Storyline: Mental Health
The Texas native said his eyes were first opened to mindfulness during an NBA trip to China seven years ago. “I got into Buddhism a little bit and I wanted to learn more about it,” he said. “A big first step for me was meditation and focusing on being the best you you can be for not only yourself but for the people around you.” He returned to China with the NBA three years later and decided to fully embrace the lifestyle. “I just kind of went from there.”
The Nets held a spirited team meeting, according to sources, starting with several veterans expressing that they wanted to see Spencer Dinwiddie play like the player they know, and later with people in the room calling out Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan. Then perhaps the most critical thing of all happened: Sources say Durant chimed in, pointing out that the Nets must improve their habits and that they were not building the proper culture traits necessary for a title contender.

“It’s just something that we signed up for. We knew what we were coming into at the beginning of this season. Guys were going down left and right. [Garrett Temple] is out, [DeAndre Jordan] just got hurt tonight, Wilson [Chandler] is coming back. We’ve got complimentary young guys as well that have done a great job the last three years. “Collectively, I feel like we have great pieces, but it’s pretty glaring we need one more piece or two more pieces that will compliment myself, [Kevin Durant], DJ, GT, Spence [Dinwiddie], Caris [LeVert], and we’ll see how that evolves.”
Jordan hears the criticism that he’s too slow for the modern NBA. Too heavy-footed, too old. His best days, they say, are far behind him. When he signed with the Nets, he was branded as the expensive add-in — a necessary price to get two superstars. Nets general manager Sean Marks says Brooklyn liked Jordan as much for his constant wisecracking as his ability to swat shots. Jordan’s experience, coupled with his defensive prowess and potential to guide Allen, made him attractive to the team. And being close with the Nets’ supermax duo didn’t hurt.
“On the bench.” That’s where Jordan spends most of his time on these Brooklyn Nets. Which could well be a hard position to assume for a three-time All-NBA player and a man who was an All-Star as recently as three seasons ago. “It is tough as hell [to come off the bench],” Jordan says. “I battle with it daily. But I knew at some point in my career, at some point I was going to have to come off the bench. I didn’t think it was going to be now. I still don’t think it’s now. But this is the hand I was dealt. I could be an a–hole, but then if Jarrett isn’t playing well, then our team is not playing well.”
“There’s always one guy on the team that everybody’s energy is drawn toward, and he was that guy,” says Jamal Crawford, the veteran guard who played alongside Jordan for five seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. “People see how fiery he is, but he has another side where he’s very calm and understanding. You felt like he was the big brother. He’d put his arm around you and say, ‘Everything will be all right.'”
As he enters the later stages of his career, Jordan remains beloved throughout the league. Even at 6’11”, his personality is outsized: he wears sombreros to postgame interviews on winter nights in the Northeast; he is an avid Harry Potter reader and Twilight fan (“Team Edward; I was locked in”); he is a deep believer in meditation; he is a vegan—and yes, he’s happy to tell you about it. Baron Davis, an old teammate in Los Angeles, calls him “the funniest dude I know.” In Dallas, where Jordan spent only a few months last year, the Mavericks still talk of his pregame ritual: sprinting across the locker room, leaping as high as possible and diving into the laps of his teammates.
Initially, a few years ago, Jordan would lean on guided meditation recordings to help him clear his mind. Now, for the most part, he can do it on his own, rotating through different mantras daily. Tomorrow, he says, he will focus on forgiveness. The point is to acknowledge the negativity and pressure that surround him—the grind of practice, the responsibilities he has with family and friends—but to see those concepts and let them pass by without judgment or concern. “The more I’m getting better, the faster I let those thoughts go,” he says. “Eventually, down the road, I won’t think about anything. Maybe I’ll start levitating.”
“Obviously, we’re missing three of our best players,” said center DeAndre Jordan, who referenced the absence of Irving (right shoulder impingement) with shooting guard Caris LeVert (right thumb sprain/surgery) and wing Kevin Durant (right Achilles tear/rehab). “Any team would say that sucks, but it gives other guys opportunities, like (wing) David Nwaba, (shooting guard Dzanan) Musa, (forward) Rodi(ons Kurucs), (wing Garrett) Temp(le), myself, (small forward) Theo (Pinson), (shooting guard Iman) Shump(ert). So whenever we do get our full roster back, we will be even better because those guys have experience and are able to jell. It just makes us a better team once when we get everybody back.”
Gafford, the 38th overall pick out of Arkansas, began the season as the team’s third-string center behind starter Wendell Carter Jr. and free-agent signing Luke Kornet. But when the Bulls — and Kornet — struggled in the first 10 games, limping to a 3-7 record while getting outrebounded by 8.3 rebounds per game, many wondered why Gafford wasn’t inserted into the rotation. Anyone who watched his Summer League performances could see Gafford’s talents and how he could help with his raw energy, relentless hustle and, of course, his hair-raising athleticism. “He’s baby DeAndre Jordan, man,” Zach LaVine said. “That’s who he is. He’s freakishly athletic.”