Clippers’ Doc Rivers remembers emoji-filled ‘fun day’ with DeAndre Jordan

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was happy to revisit a “fun day” three years ago that will live forever in NBA – and social media – lore on Thursday, before his team tipped off against former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who was back to see his old team on his old home court for the first time.Rivers said he wasn’t yet hip to Twitter in 2015, so he didn’t realize the ruckus that was happening outside of the house where he and other important Clippers personnel were hanging out with (or holding hostage, depending on who’s telling the story) Jordan, the star center who this summer actually signed with the Dallas Mavericks whom he’d spurned back in July 2015.As was well-documented then, the Clippers really didn’t want him to sign with Dallas, so they visited him in Houston to let him know. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “We had a good meal, food was great; D.J. went out and got fried chicken,” recalled Rivers, who was joined that day by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, as well as Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce. “It was funny watching Steve Ballmer eating fried chicken and collard greens.“It was a weird day, but I think it was far weirder on the outside of the room than on the inside of the room,” Rivers continued. “… on the inside of the room, there was not a lot of stuff going on. I mean, basically D.J. basically told us he was staying within five seconds.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Paul Pierce came up with the grand idea, ‘OK, we don’t believe you and we’re just going to stay until it’s time to sign.’ I actually thought we were going to leave right away, and it was smart by Paul because D.J. had (already) proven he could change his mind. ANALYZE THISBilly Crystal is a Tony and Emmy-Award winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director and a nine-time host of the Academy Awards – and on Jan. 31 he’ll finally have landed the role of Clippers color analyst.Crystal will join Ralph Lawler – the play-by-play broadcaster who plans to retire following this, his 40th and final season calling Clippers games – on the mic when they call the team’s game against the Lakers on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.“The fact that he decided he wanted to do this just tickled the heck out of me,” said Lawler, who said he was approached about the pairing recently by Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations.“Our team president came to me and said, ‘Ralph, I’ve got something I’ve got to ask you about.’ I said, ‘Yeah?’ ” Lawler said. “ ‘We have a season ticket holder who just loves you so much and would like very much to sit in with you on a broadcast.’Related Articles “It was a fun day. We actually watched the summer league games on TV, we ran out of things to watch. We ate two or three different times.”All the while, participants in the drama (and outside of it) tweeted a series of updates – using a creative assortment of emojis. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img “I was oblivious to the social media scene at that point,” Rivers said. “I didn’t know all that was going on until the next day when I got home and I saw. It was pretty funny.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “I said ‘a season ticket holder? Is this important to the ballclub we do this?’“And she said, ‘It’s very important.’ And I go, ‘OK, I guess so.’“She said, ‘Do you want to know who it is? … Billy Crystal.’“I said, ‘Oh! That would work!’ ”Current Nets analyst Mike Fratello also will join Lawler on Jan. 23 in Miami and Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will do the same for the March 24 game against the New York Knicks.“I wasn’t looking forward to the farewell-tour kind of a thing,” Lawler said. “But it’s working out, and it’s going to be very, very nice.”last_img read more