Players Tribune – “As everyone knows, I struggled with it. It was nine or ten days of intense pressure. Every night I would have a different scenario in my head, of the city and team where I thought I would fit best. I had several meetings with teams and even more conversations with my family and friends. I kept thinking about what it really meant to be “home” and I would go back and forth.
It seems crazy, but I’m actually the “oldest” Clipper — I’ve been here for seven years. When I was a rookie we went 19-63. We were really bad. It’s a terrible feeling to lose 63 games in a season.”
No breaking news here but fascinating to see the eye of the Emoji Storm describe it all from his perspective. Definitely fun to wonder what it’s like deciding which city will hand you million$ of dollar$ but the pressure must also be I-N-S-A-N-E. Important to remember that DeAndre is FROM Texas and essentially reverse Lebron’d an entire fanbase/family/friends.
Maybe it was the Clippers dominating the Emoji War that turned the tide although as Blake Griffin describes, DJ was already having second thoughts earlier in the week. CP3 speeding there in his banana boat surely helped but give it up to Ballmer for saving the day and likely the season with some very choice chicken nugs…
“Raising Cane’s is a fast-food restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers, crinkle cut fries and Texas Toast. It’s incredibly delicious. This is not sponsored content. I love it. DeAndre’s mom picked up like 50 bags to feed all these people who were lounging in the house. Ballmer gave us his credit card and was like, “Alright, anything you guys want. Anything.” So, naturally, we picked chicken fingers.
At 11:01 p.m., someone came in with the contract papers and DeAndre signed. Manhugs were exchanged. Then we all headed outside to the bus that was waiting to take us to the airport. As I was leaving, I turned to DeAndre. He seemed happy for the first time in a while. I was like, “Welp, that was crazy. At least now you know how much I love you. I ran through LAX like an insane person for you, bro. Let us never speak of it again.”
No offense to BasketBallmer, he’s a real mensch, but I’m still gonna choose to believe this is the sole reason DeAndre Jordan signed with the Clippers. THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!
pic.twitter.com/VpaU6QzwT8 — Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 9, 2015