Q: One of the biggest factors in the Clippers’ success this season has been the improvement of DeAndre Jordan. As someone who played with him last year, how much of this did you see coming?
A: DeAndre’s playing the way we all thought. We all saw that potential in him. I think metally, it was a question of whether he could commit to that, and this year he’s become that player. We all saw it in glimpses (last year), but we’re starting to see it on a consistent basis this year. I think it just sort of speaks to Doc, saying those things about DeAndre publicly showed that he endorsed him and he believed in him. There were talks about trading him before Doc came in, that maybe DeAndre wouldn’t be there. Doc has just been able to connect, recognizing things in his personality, and getting him on the same page and getting him to buy in. DeAndre’s been a model citizen. I’m sure there are ways he can improve, but he’s embraced the role Doc has him in, and he’s thrived in that role. Regardless of what happens this year, I think DeAndre comes back next year and he’s even better and potentially an All-Star.
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