WATCH: James Harden and Kyrie Irving’s Frustrations With DeAndre Jordan Could Be Reason Behind His Departure

Published 09/08/2021, 1:06 PM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (8) as he goes up for a basket in the fourth quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


“The Lob. The Jam.” This famous piece of commentary echoes through every single Clippers fan since 2012. Despite not winning an NBA title, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan entertained the Clipper nation, for a long time.

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Jordan, especially, dunked his way through many players during his time with the franchise. Brooklyn Nets saw something in him and brought him to the franchise after not having productive spells with previous teams. However, things have not worked out well for the team as James Harden and Kyrie Irving may have answers to that.

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DeAndre Jordan cannot dunk anymore!

Despite signing for the Nets, the center has not played well for the franchise. Even though a lot was expected, there seem to be some issues regarding his dunking ability. Notably, he missed a few lobs last season when Kyrie and Harden put them on a plate for him to dunk it in. While some may say that he is not the player he used to be while others may have a different opinion.

Sharing his name with the GOAT, Jordan’s immaculate dunking ability is well known. His infamous throw-down on Brandon Knight sent shock waves through the arena. The ability was there for people to see. A big center with great vertical ability. He was destined for greatness.

But, things have taken a U-turn in Brooklyn.

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Jordan moves on from the franchise

Although there are theories out there suggesting Harden and Irving’s involvement in getting out, those rumors are not to be believed.

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Ever since he left the Clippers, things have not gone well for the center. Injuries have dampened his hopes of getting back to what he was capable of. During the first season with the Nets, he averaged 8.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. However, the last NBA season did not work well for the center. The numbers dropped as he averaged 7.5 points per game. Nonetheless, those rebounds declined as well after grabbing just 7.5 rebounds.

This is the key.

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

The inability to catch the ball on the lob faded away as DeAndre moved on. Now, the center has joined the Lakers to land his first NBA title. With LeBron James‘ passing ability, Jordan would love to get behind the basketball to do what he is famous for – dunk!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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