DeAndre Jordan: 'Everybody knows that Nikola Jokic is the head of the snake'

2022-08-06 15:19
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Shortly after free agency started this summer, the Denver Nuggets and DeAndre Jordan agreed on a one-year veteran's minimum deal. Entering his 15th season in the NBA, Jordan is under no illusions about his role with the team understanding that he's just going to be an off-the-bench piece behind Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic.

In an interview over the phone with the Denver Post, Jordan revealed that Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was honest and direct with him during the several conversations they had.

"Well, he [Malone] told me that I'm gonna come in and start over Nikola [Jokic]," Jordan jokingly opened the interview.

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre  Jordan
Position: C
Age: 34
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 120 kg
Birth place: Houston, United States of America

A former All-Star center Jordan is no longer a player of the caliber he once was, but he understands that he can still help the team in their quest for the NBA championship.

"Obviously everybody knows that Nikola is the head of the snake," said Jordan.

"My role being obviously coming off the bench, helping our second unit with pace, screens and getting guys open, getting guys better shots and also finishing everything that I can in transition, offensive rebounds, controlling the glass for our unit, also being a defensive presence for however long I’m out there," added the former All-Star.

"Ever since I was with the Clippers, in my younger days, I learned from some great veterans about being a great locker room presence even if things weren’t going my way," said Jordan, when asked about veteran leadership he can bring.

"I've done that throughout my career, and I think that that’s something I've prided myself on," the center added.

Last season Jordan played for the Los Angeles Lakers and then the Philadelphia 76ers after he got traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he got waived and thus was able to sign with the 76ers.

The 34-year-old center averaged 4.3 points and 5.5 rebounds for both teams combined in a total of 48 games

At this stage in Jordan's career, there is only one thing left to do. His only motivation is the NBA title. 

"I'm going into my 15th year, man, I was a second-round pick, I've done a lot of great things in this league, individually and also with the teams that I've been on," Jordan said.

"I don’t put that pressure on myself to have to prove anything. I know the type of player that I am. I know the respect that I have from myself, and also that my peers have for me," Jordan continued.

"[Winning a title] is the only thing that still drives me at this point in my career," Jordan concluded.

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