It's hard to make the NBA seem relevant at this time of the year, but 2015 was a big exception to that rule.
Frantic Free Agency
Thanks to the actions of DeAndre Jordan, the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks dominated social media and had one twelve hour period where they were making headlines hand over fist.
Jordan seemed a lock to be joining the Mavericks in a big free agency move, but reneged on his decision and a mad dash ensued. Blake Griffin has finally revealed what actually happened.
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Griffin wrote his account of what transpired on The Players Tribune, Derek Jeter's website where professional athletes write the articles. Griffin's piece - entitled The Standoff - is a more comedic piece where the All-Star reveals that it was nothing like how the situation seemed.
According to Griffin, there was no mad dash to Jordan's house in Houston to see him upon hearing he was having doubts. Rather, the Clippers were already there.
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No Mad Dash
"When we woke up that morning (Wednesday), a few of the Clippers players and staff took a charter bus to a hotel, to meet with DeAndre," Griffin wrote.
"It was the business stuff — the pitch, or re-pitch in this case. I jokingly tweeted a photo of Hawaii, and some emojis of a plane, helicopter and a car in response to Chandler Parsons’ airplane tweet."
But the truth is that I was already in Houston. DeAndre had been having doubts about his decision to go to Dallas since Monday.
There were numerous articles going around stating that it really was like the Clippers and Mavericks were racing each other to get to Jordan and lock the other team out. Neither did the Clippers effectively hold Jordan hostage, instead they were all playing video games and watching TV.
"To be honest, the whole thing was pretty boring. It was like a super laid back family party. Some people were watching TV. Some people were playing video games. After a while, I hopped in the car and drove aimlessly around Houston for an hour just to kill time."
So there it is, the boring truth. The emoji war was just a fake. Jordan was going to join the Mavericks, got cold feet and told the Clippers he would be staying in LA instead. Pretty disappointing in truth.