DeAndre Jordan Comments on His Relationship With Former Nets Teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Published 09/10/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) goes to the basket on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


17-time NBA champions; Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed 13-year NBA veteran DeAndre Jordan. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka announced his arrival to the roster. The 33-year-old center has never won a championship in his career and is a one-time NBA All-Star.

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However, he has helped the US Men’s Basketball Team clinch the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He signed a four-year deal with his former team, Brooklyn Nets, but he was traded to the Pistons and then waived by them.

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Jan 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is defended by Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) and forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Jordan spent two seasons with the Nets and played alongside some of the best players in the NBA right now. In the process, he had a good relationship with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. However, many thought that DeAndre Jordan’s relationship with the Nets duo has soured after his departure. However, Jordan has said that they still maintain a good relationship.

DeAndre Jordan still has a good relationship with the Brooklyn Nets duo despite his exit

Jordan said that his departure from a star-studded Nets roster will not affect his relationship with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, during his introductory video conference. However, he started by saying jokingly, “We’re definitely not friends anymore, so …”.

Jordan had a laugh after saying this and later said that they are all his brothers and the relationship goes ‘beyond basketball’.

“We’re friends before basketball, after basketball and I think ultimately we all just want to be happy,” Jordan said.

“And being able to compete is something that’s very important to me and they understand that. And we’re brothers beyond basketball, so us being teammates or not isn’t going to reflect on or affect our relationship.”

DeAndre Jordan had a limited role in Brooklyn since signing a four-year deal with them in 2019. But despite that, he had a good relationship with the players and the staff. In the two seasons he played, he started just 49 games out of 113 regular-season games he played.

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Brooklyn Nets qualified for the playoffs in both seasons, but they did not involve Jordan in their playoff runs. The Nets lost in the first round in 2019-20 and in the conference semis in the 2020-21 season.

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However, the new Lakers addition has a distinct record to his name, that could come in handy in the coming season. He is the only NBA player to shoot over 70% from the field in multiple seasons. It’ll be interesting to see what role will the 33-year-old veteran get.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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