Over at ESPN Los Angeles, I wrote about how DeAndre Jordan is taking advantage of practicing with Team USA. Click here to read the full story. Here’s a quick blurb:
They say change is a good thing.
“They” might be appropriately wise. Jordan’s minutes decreased from 27.2 to 24.5 a night last season. His free-throw percentage dropped from a career-high 52.5 percent two years ago to a historically bad 38.6 percent last year. He often found himself sitting on the bench in the fourth quarters of close games, watching Ryan Hollins, Lamar Odom, or Ronny Turiaf getting burn over him.
Change. It’s marching up the hills to the rescue.
It’s almost like the Clippers are a new organization with former Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers at the helm. Rivers brings instant credibility and a system that has had success for years in Boston. Most of all, he brings confidence in Jordan, something that has been missing over the past few seasons while Jordan has had a seemingly permanent reservation on the bench during crunch time. That means the Clippers’ center will have to improve from liability to reliability.