Los Angeles—The fans can expect to see a revamped De Andre Jordan. Clippers new head coach Doc Rivers has given Jordan the green light to be the player everyone anticipated he would be; when he signed a four-year, $43 million dollar deal back in 2011.
Jordan is expected to perform at a high level this season, and so far, he has been living up to the expectations. He has averaged 14-points, nine rebounds–and six blocks per game during the preseason.
“He’s been sensational, said Rivers. I have nothing but great things. I have no complaints. DJ has done exactly what we’ve asked him to do coming into this season, and that is to be a game-changer on the defensive end, and he’s done that. It’s more to me that he’s always in the right spot and he’s always talking the right language defensively.”
And if you consistently emphasize the importance of rebounding, blocking, defense, and playing the right way, eventually your players will rise up to the challenge. Rivers is one of those coaches that players very rarely like to let down.
It’s no surprise that Jordan is playing his heart out for Rivers. When you respect and trust your coach words, the worst fear is not producing for him.
Rivers comes off as a very motivational coach who helps players reach their goals.
“I’ve seen DJ respond to Doc like in a way I haven’t seen anybody else to do,” said Paul when asked about Jordan’s performance.
There’s no denying Jordan’s talent. It just took the right person to seize it out of him. He has the size, length, athleticism and height to be one of the best centers in the game. All he needed was confirmation and confidence from a well-known superior-Rivers.
Last year, Jordan played under Vinny Del Negro’s playbook, and it was easy to see that their relationship wasn’t the greatest. Due to unknown reasons, Jordan’s basketball skills was held hostage in the fourth quarter of almost every game.
Why? That question still remains unanswered.
But Rivers isn’t entertaining on the past.
“I wasn’t here, Rivers said.”
Paul made it crystal clear that in order for the team to be a championship contender, they will need a huge contribution from Jordan this year.
“I think he’s focused running the court, he’s in unbelievable shape, said Paul. His defense and demeanor, we are going to need that in order to do anything this season.”
Well, the wait is nearly over; the Clippers played their last preseason game on Friday.
The Clippers first regular season game is Tuesday against the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers. This will be a great opportunity to get a chance to see Jordan up close and personal-when things really matter.
Tune in to watch the new embraced Jordan. It should be a site to see.