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DeAndre Jordan Explains Why He Chose Nets Over Knicks

(via Newsday)

(via Newsday)

One of the more under-the-radar moves of free agency was that of DeAndre Jordan, who relocated to the Nets after multiple short tenures with the Mavs and Knicks.

While it is widely speculated that he joined the Nets to follow Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, he explained in a recent interview with Gothamist that the decision went deeper than that.

“Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating, but we like what (Nets coach) Kenny (Atkinson)’s doing and (GM) Sean (Marks)’s been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great,” Jordan said. “So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something.”

The Nets were stuck in a bind just a few years ago. In the Billy King era, they traded away almost all of their future assets to acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Long story short, that roster did not work out -- and Brooklyn was mired in mediocrity.

It was Marks and Atkinson who pulled the team from the gutter, making a series of moves to bring the franchise back into contention.

Unlike the Knicks, Brooklyn proved that had a culture and environment that could thrive, making the playoffs in 2019 despite being counted out by everyone.

DeAndre Jordan will work towards building on that environment, as he joins Kyrie and Kevin in bringing glory to the now respected franchise. Jordan will be turning 32 this December.