Nobody was more instrumental to the Mavericks’ courtship of DeAndre Jordan than Chandler Parsons. Dallas’ small forward was attached to Jordan’s hip throughout the free-agency period, reportedly taking the big man out to dinner five nights in a row and wooing him with talk of MVP awards and All-Star games. But now, with Jordan deciding at the last minute to return to the Clippers, Parsons is taking shots at his almost teammate.
ESPN’s Tim McMahon got Parsons to sit down for a Q&A and discuss the Jordan fiasco, and Parsons was not shy about expressing his displeasure. These are the words of a bro who has been spurned:
What is your reaction to DeAndre Jordan’s decision to back out of his commitment and return to the Clippers?
Parsons: “I’m shocked, very disappointed, frustrated, disrespected. This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often. When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”
You know things are serious when a guy starts accusing people of not having The Ethics. Can you really blame Parsons for being upset, though? He probably spent a whole week plying Jordan with steaks, strippers, and molly water, only to have all his hard work be undone by an impromptu sleepover. That has to sting.
Parsons didn’t stop at being disappointed, though, he also seized the opportunity to theorize that Jordan is just a coward who wasn’t ready for the spotlight:
Anything else you want to add?
Parsons: “He wasn’t ready for being a franchise player. He was scared. He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.
My favorite part about that answer is that McMahon didn’t even lead Parsons into it. “Anything else you want to add?” “Yes, DeAndre Jordan is a frightened punk and I hate him.”
But the big question is, will these two still be bros in the future?
Will your friendship with Jordan survive this?
Parsons: “Um, you know, it’s … He’s a good dude and I am friends with him. We did develop a really good relationship and we got close over the last few weeks. I just think the decision was much bigger than that. It was something that he wasn’t ready to handle.
So sad to see a budding friendship go down like this. Now go on and read the rest of McMahon’s Q&A, because it is delightfully salty.