The NBA invited DeAndre Jordan to participate in the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest at All-Star weekend but DJ said he’s on the fence about the event unless he’s also in New Orleans to play in the big event.
“I just told them I wanted to see what happens,” Jordan said. “I’m not trying to disrespect them. But I want to be in the All-Star game as a player and not just as a dunker.”
His response generated a lot of negative buzz on social networks from people that believe the athletic freak of nature has no shot at playing in the NBA All-Star game. So rather than responding, Carmelo Style, on Twitter, he let his game speak for itself by dominating the Detroit Pistons with 16 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks and 7 dunks in a win.
The dunk marathon started before tip-off when DJ and Blake threw down plenty of contest worthy dunks, including a 360 windmill, in the layup line.
Then the marathon continued right from the start of the game with 4 dunks by Jordan in the first quarter. Blake and DeAndre continued to assault the rim in de ja vu fashion throughout the game as the Clippers ran the same plays over and over again with equal success against the Pistons.
“That’s the way they play. They pound the ball inside, and they are always looking for the lob,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “They don’t usually get as many of them as they did tonight, but that’s what they do.”
The highlight of the Lob City show was a DJ oop over Josh Smith.
As much as I would love to see DJ play in the All-Star game, it’s probably not going to happen but I hope he still blesses his fans and fans of the dunk contest by accepting the invite to compete in the Dunk Contest.