Rick Carlisle on DeAndre Jordan after Jordan’s big game: ‘Now you know why we wanted him’

Dallas' Chandler Parsons, right, battles the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan for space during Monday's game. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

DeAndre Jordan (6) of the Clippers plays defense against the Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons during the Clippers’ 109-90 victory Monday at Dallas/AP photo by Brandon Wade

 

DeAndre Jordan on Monday night returned to Dallas for the second time since backing out of a verbal accord to sign as a free agent with the Mavericks over the summer, only to re-sign with the Clippers.

In the Clippers’ first game there this season – a 118-108 Mavericks victory on Nov. 11 – Jordan scored just nine points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had one blocked shot.

In Monday’s game, Jordan scored 23 points and grabbed a whopping 20 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and made two steals in the Clippers’ 109-90 victory.That evoked quite a compliment from Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.

“Now you know why we wanted him,” Carlisle told the Dallas Morning News.

 

Mavs’ Chandler Parsons still not cool with Jordan’s change of heart

This sign held up by a fan Wednesday in Dallas says it all about how Mavericks fans feel about DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal agreement with Dallas over the summer/Associated Press photo by LM Otero

 

The Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons helped recruit DeAndre Jordan over the summer. Like just about everyone, he thought Jordan would for sure be signing with the Mavericks, only to see Jordan changed his mind at the last minute.

Though the two have spoken since everything happened, Parsons is still not totally cool with it. Not only has Jordan been criticized for changing his mind, he took more heat for not personally calling Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tell him of his change of heart.
“I mean, it’s something I’ll never forget, obviously,” Parsons said before the Mavericks defeated the Clippers 118-108 on Wednesday in Dallas. “I’ve said many times, he didn’t do anything illegal, I just think it was very mishandled. I think he knows that, the world knows that.”

Matt Barnes had nine points in first quarter for Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Matt Barnes scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Clippers (24-12) lead Dallas (26-11) 30-24 heading into the second quarter Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick had eight points for Los Angeles and Chandler Parsons led Dallas with five points