In sports and in life, truth is often stranger than fiction. Never has this been more apparent than with the recent saga that unfolded between Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
You probably know the entire sordid tale beat by beat, but on the off chance that you’ve been living under a rock, how about a recap?
As his relationship with the Clippers was seemingly on the rocks, Jordan had agreed to sign with Dallas during the NBA‘s moratorium period. The Mavericks proceeded with their offseason plans under the assumption that he would make good on that agreement at the end of the moratorium.
What happened next was like something out of a movie as a cadre of Clippers players and executives reportedly descended upon Jordan’s abode ninja-style and refused to leave until he re-signed with Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, ESPN’s Chris Broussard went off the deep end with strange reports of Cuban’s ill-fated attempts to launch his own home invasion.
Fast forward to now and Jordan remains a Clipper. A definite blow for the Mavericks and their infamous owner, but if you’re expecting Cuban to react to the news like a spurned lover, prepare to be disappointed—
While speaking to graduates of SMU’s Presidential Leadership Scholars program, the subject of Jordan’s surprise “defection” came up and the Mavs owner handled the situation with humor, humility and class.
Despite the perception of some that Cuban is a hothead of epic proportions, the billionaire doesn’t seem keen on firing any shots at Jordan or his camp.
Chris Broussard, on the other hand, may not fare as well as Jordan.