DeAndre Jordan made his return as a player in Los Angeles last night. But this time, he was representing the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan joined the Lakers during the offseason after he and the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a buy-out, thus making him a free agent.
Jordan didn't have a decent performance, notching 3 fouls, and scoring just 2 points. He got into foul trouble a little early, and thus spent most of his time on the bench as Howard and Davis were able to cover for him at the center position.
He did have a solid alley-oop for his only basket of the game. But Jordan did feel that he was fouled during the play and asked the ref to give him a foul. The ref didn't give him the foul, and the Lakers continued playing.
In the post-game segment of 'Inside The NBA', Charles Barkley poked fun at DeAndre Jordan for demanding the foul on his alley-oop. Chuck mentioned that Jordan was asking for the foul, but with his poor history with free throws, it was not like he was going to make them if he got it (1:40 onward).
“DeAndre (Jordan) is complaining that he got fouled like he was going to make the free throws.”
Jordan signed with the Lakers, thus allowing him to return to Los Angeles, where he initially played with the LA Clippers. Jordan is fortunate, as he moved from one championship contender. And from what we saw last night, he has figured into Frank Vogel's starting lineup.
Jordan is no longer in his prime. And while he may not be an All-Star caliber player, he can still contribute with solid minutes on a championship team.
Plus, he will be rotating between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard at the center position. If things go right for him, Jordan could finally win a ring in LA, just not for the team, he envisioned winning with.