Ever since he reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with the Mavericks and returned to the Clippers, DeAndre Jordan‘s first game in Dallas has been one of the most notable nights on the early-season NBA calendar. Mavs owner Mark Cuban is already fanning the flames, claiming he still has all of Jordan’s text messages from this summer’s free agency recruitment. Jordan fully expects to be booed, but ahead of Wednesday night’s game, he downplayed the significance.
From ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon:
“Nah, I don’t care. It’s cool,” Jordan said. “It’s just another game. It’s going to be hostile, but it’s supposed to be. It’s cool.”
“It’s going to be fun. At the end of the day, it’s a basketball game, it’s a competition. We’re gonna go out and try to beat them, just like they’re trying to beat us. It’ll be fun.”
Of course that’s what Jordan was going to say. Acting like it’s anything more is letting Cuban win. The boos are going to be heavy at the American Airlines Center. With that said, the disparity in talent between the two teams is massive. The game might not be very competitive.