The prevailing story Wednesday night in the NBA was the Dallas Mavericks welcoming in the Los Angeles Clippers. In case you have been hiding under a rock, these two teams were involved in one of the most drama-filled free agent chases of the offseason involving Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. In free agency this summer, Jordan committed to signing with the Dallas Mavericks, agreeing to a four-year deal with the Mavs. Once the Clippers got wind of this, Doc Rivers called up the crew and they all made their way to Dallas to change Jordan’s mind. And not only did the Clippers get DeAndre to change his mind, they barricaded themselves in his house all the way to the time came for him to sign the new deal with Los Angeles. Dallas, in the meantime, was left in the cold on this one. Jordan did not even return texts or calls nor did he even call Cuban to let him know he changed his mind. The result was a lot of hurt feelings within the Mavs organization and their fans. The Mavs were still able to land guard Wes Matthews and acquire center Zaza Pachulia via trade, but the Mavericks were still bitter over the big pickup that wasn’t. All that frustration and bitterness was built up for the first time Jordan came to Dallas. And of course the Mavericks came out fired up and won the game. The reaction of the Mavericks was one of tremendous joy. But leading up to and after the game, the bitterness of the Mavericks was still on display.
Before the Mavericks played the Clippers, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was still talking about DeAndre Jordan. Apparently, he still has the text messages that were shared between he and Jordan. And when he was talking, he said that he actually may share the text messages one day. This was just one in the long line of things that was said by Cuban since Jordan changed his mind. Of course Jordan handled the situation badly in terms of not returning a phone call to tell Cuban, but Cuban is making himself look worse and worse in this one. At the beginning of the situation, Cuban looked like a sympathetic figure to some in this scenario. The owner who tried so hard for his team had been fooled by a talented big man that changed his mind and spurned his team. The reaction of anger was expected from him at that time. But as the season has gone on, it seems like we continue to see things come up in regards to Cuban speaking on Jordan. And the thing is, it is unprovoked from the media. Eventually, Cuban should move on from this one. It seems like he is enjoying playing the role of jilted lover to DeAndre, but eventually this act of his will get played out. It’s time to move on.
But Cuban isn’t the only one that needs to move on. Forward Chandler Parsons was the pitchman for Jordan when he was trying to get him to Dallas. And when the Mavericks got Jordan to commit to them, it seemed like Parsons had done the job. But when he backed out of his commitment and went back to the Clippers, Parson had this to say: "I'm shocked, very disappointed, frustrated, disrespected. This is something that I've never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn't happen very often. When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it's just very unethical and disrespectful." Parsons was understandably mad about the turn of events and even went as far to say that DeAndre was “not ready to be a franchise player”. Of course no one ever thought he would be a franchise player in Dallas anyway, but the anger was there in regards to what happened. Well, it seems that Parsons is still simmering over the decision and he recently said that DeAndre Jordan was not a priority for the Mavericks or the Clippers. The funny thing about this one is that Parsons seems to be more focused on Jordan than the fact that his team actually won a game. At some point, he has to get over the fact that Jordan changed his mind and maybe focus on what he can do to get healthy and help his team.
Both Cuban and Parsons are hurt still over Jordan. It is obvious. And even though this event happened in July, it still seems like it is fresh on their minds like it happened yesterday. At some point, they have to get over it and move forward. If they cannot get over it for themselves, do it for the rest of us this is getting old at this point. It’s time to move forward for Cuban, Parsons and the rest of the Mavericks.
Well, since the Parson, Cuban and the Mavs cannot move on, maybe they need some scorned lover music to go along with all the talk they have for Jordan. So here’s the Dallas Mavericks “I’m Scorned” mix. Hope you all enjoy and Dallas, maybe this mix will help ease the pain.