Report: DeAndre Jordan Has Rubbed Mavs' Teammates The Wrong Way

Josh Clark
November 13, 2018 - 4:43 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - DeAndre Jordan is putting up strong numbers in his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, but that isn't preventing his teammates from being turned off by the center's play, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports.

Jordan, who MacMahon says has been a major disappointment for Dallas, has reportedly "rubbed his teammates the wrong way with what they perceive as selfish play, the most blatant example being when he stole an uncontested rebound from Luka Doncic by putting his forearm in the prized rookie's back and tipping the ball away."

MacMahon also notes that Jordan's "disinterest in playing help defense has been a big problem as Mavs opponents light up the scoreboard."

The controversial play was addressed, coach Rick Carlisle said at a practice following the incident. 

A short time later, Jordan was asked about the controversy and said he's always been aggressive when balls come off the rim.

"I guess I've been poaching for the past 11 years," he said. "I feel like every rebound that comes off is mine. So I am guilty of that. But honestly, when I'm going for the ball, I don't really look for anybody else."

Jordan said he wasn't aware of how the play was perceived by fans until later. 

"Honestly, I didn't even see how it looked until after the game," he said. "But we saw the play and we talked about what people have said about it. Social media is insane. But we've talked about it.

"I don't think it's anything negative. We were both trying to make a play on the ball and that was really it. I don't get mad when Dennis comes in and swipes a quick rebound. At the end of the day, it's a possession for us."

Jordan is averaging 11.2 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.