The DeAndre Jordan saga was the biggest story of the NBA offseason, and there’s likely going to be some bad blood because of it for quite some time. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Los Angeles Clippers president and head coach Doc Rivers continue to trade barbs, with Cuban eviscerating Rivers on Colin Cowherd’s “The Herd” Tuesday.
Cuban was hot after Rivers made some comments to Cowherd criticizing Cuban for how he handled things after Jordan reneged on his commitment to the Mavericks and went back to Los Angeles. Rivers said Cuban acted “silly” and accused him of getting “out in front of the cameras screaming and yelling and crying” after Jordan’s change of heart.
To that, Cuban took out the blowtorch (h/t to FOX Sports):
“First of all, he obviously didn’t actually hear or see what I said,” Cuban said. “I didn’t say a whole lot. I think I responded to D.J.’s Twitter apology, and that was pretty much it. I haven’t said a whole lot about it all. So I don’t know where he’s getting what he’s got.
“But I think the most interesting is it shows what someone will do when their entire future is vanishing in front of them. That’s exactly what Doc did, and I give him credit for it. His professional life was over … if he didn’t get D.J. And so his back was against the wall and he did what he needed to do, so more power to him.
“But sometimes the deals you don’t do are the best ones, so we’ll see. But Doc obviously hadn’t heard what I said, because I really didn’t say anything.”
No holding back. Cuban isn’t entirely wrong here, although saying Rivers’s professional life was over if Jordan left Los Angeles was a bit over the top. Even without Jordan, the Clippers still would’ve been very good with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Still, it’s kind of fun watching these guys ripping each other, and hopefully we get more as we get into the season and these teams actually play.