DeAndre Jordan scoffs at the idea small-ball is the new NBA
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has recently pulled out another one from magical bag of tricks by fielding a center-less lineup in his team’s past few games. This move comes in the wake of the Clint Capela trade, which left them with a huge hole to fill at the five spot. Instead of having a guy like promising 21-year-old Isaiah Hartenstein take over the recently-vacated starting center spot, D’Antoni has opted for 6-foot-5 forward PJ Tucker at the five.
This move has been heavily scrutinized by critics and casual NBA fans alike, with some even going as far as saying that this particular type of small-ball lineup might be another trend that will revolutionize the game as we know it. For Brooklyn Nets veteran big man DeAndre Jordan, however, he firmly believes that this is not going to be the case.
“I don’t care. I care about the Nets. That’s the team I’m on right now,” Jordan said, via Peter Botte of the New York Post.
“One team is doing that. That’s the direction of the NBA? I’m just saying if one team out of 30 goes small, that don’t mean everybody else is doing it. So I don’t care, nor do I agree with that statement.”
Jordan, being a 6-foot-11 quintessential NBA big man, understandably responded in the negative with regards to this new theory. After all, he would be left without a job if the league actually fully embraces this brand new notion.