Chandler Parsons on DeAndre Jordan: Unprofessional, Unethical, Disrespectful
On Wednesday night, after DeAndre Jordan officially backed out of his verbal agreement with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers, Chandler Parsons kept things light and breezy, cracking a pretty funny joke on Twitter.
On Thursday it was a different story. In a lengthy interview with ESPN, Chandler, who had spearheaded the Mavericks’ recruiting efforts, revealed how he really felt about the DeAndre Jordan free agency saga. And he didn’t hold much back.
Here’s Parsons on his reaction to the DeCommitment:
“I’m shocked, very disappointed, frustrated, disrespected. This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often…[I]t’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”
On where this leaves the Mavericks:
“That’s the worst part. He put our entire franchise and our team in a really, really tough spot. We put all our eggs in the DeAndre Jordan basket and we had a commit from him…Every day since he committed and every day before he committed, guys were coming off the board. It’s slim pickings now…I can put my friendship aside with him for a minute, but this is my career that we’re talking about. This is my organization and my team and my city that we’re talking about that he put in jeopardy by doing this.”
On why DeAndre Jordan ran back to the Clippers:
“He’s complacent in L.A., and I think that was a safer bet than for him to make a big decision and branch off and go do his own thing. He was probably nervous. He was probably scared. I don’t know because I haven’t talked to him. He’s a good dude. I don’t think he’s a bad person for this. I think he’s just confused. This decision was just way too big for him and he wasn’t ready to be a franchise player.”
And, finally, on refusing to take Mark Cuban‘s calls:
“Be a professional. Pick up the phone. If you’re not going to meet with him, pick up the phone and tell the guy that you’re committed to what you’re feeling, what you’re going through and maybe he can talk it out and help you. But do not ignore the guy. Do not make him sit there and sweat it out. That’s just very unprofessional. I can’t get over that part.”
Sorry, DeAndre. The truth hurts.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]