We knew the fans would rip him but now former teammates are jumping on the anti-DeAndre Jordan bandwagon publicly, including “friend” Chandler Parsons.
Speaking with ESPN Dallas, Parsons went in on Jordan, who reversed his decision to sign with the Mavericks, choosing to remain with the Clippers. Parsons even called Jordan “scared” of being “the man” in Dallas.
He wasn’t ready for being a franchise player. He was scared. He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.
I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he’ll be good in L.A. He’s got a good team, he’s got a great point guard, he’s got Blake, but I think he could have been a superstar in Dallas. He could have been the man in Dallas. Never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility.
I’ll still be friends with him, but I can’t get over the way that he’s put our entire franchise in jeopardy. It’s normal to get cold feet. It’s normal to get second thoughts, but you don’t back out of a commitment of this much magnitude this late in the game and just leave us high and dry.
Parsons went on to call the episode “disrespectful” and said that Jordan told him the two would retire together.
In what has become a business, this one seems very personal to Parsons.