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The Story of How DeAndre Jordan Returned to the Clippers

The essential tweets from one of the wildest nights possibly in the history of the NBA:

https://twitter.com/Chris_Broussard/status/618967224536158208

So, what began as a hostage situation ended up actually being more like DeAndre Jordan as the kid who doesn’t want to get peer pressured into something, so his parents play the bad guy and “ground” him so he doesn’t have to face disappointing someone.

On the whole, it’s hilarious and creates a great rivalry, something the West certainly wasn’t lacking to begin with.

For the Mavs, Jordan wouldn’t have made them a top tier contender, but no one wants to see Dirk Nowitzki on a lottery team, and as the Knicks, Lakers and the Mavs themselves are showing, it’s hard to draw a superstar if the supporting talent isn’t already in place.

As for Los Angeles, their core is saved by retaining Jordan, but starting under the assumption that each team’s stars are healthy, they could easily be in the 5-8 range for the playoffs. While they needed Jordan to stay in the mix, they’re no better than fourth, after the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder.

Finally, for Jordan, he painted himself in a corner. He wasn’t going to look bad regardless at this point. Though he seemed to want to be treated like an adult by the Clippers, and specifically Chris Paul, continuing to handle him with kid gloves is what kept him in the fold.

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