Doc Rivers bids for DeAndre Jordan
Rivers now would like to see his big three in New Orleans for the NBA All-Star Game and has gone as far as lobbying his fellow Western Conference coaches to include Jordan in their vote to make the team as a reserve.
"I got a great response," Rivers said. "But that's why you go under a curtain when you're stumping and they vote real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him,' and then they shift that other lever."
Rivers said many of the coaches he called said they would vote for Jordan while others said they liked him without saying whether they would include him.
"Yeah," Rivers said when asked whether he was hopeful Jordan would be named an All-Star. "But it's a lot of guys at that position."
The reserves for the All-Star Game will be announced Thursday. Griffin already was voted into the game last week as a starter, and Paul is expected to be named a reserve.
Paul said he is hoping to be back on the court before the game and wants to play despite missing the past 12 games with a separated right shoulder.
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Jordan currently is leading the NBA in field goal percentage at .645 and rebounding with a 13.9 per-game average, and is fourth in blocked shots with 2.38 per game. He also is averaging a career-high 9.5 points per game.
"I'm looking forward to [the announcement]; whatever the coaches vote, I'm going to respect it," said Jordan, who had 14 points and 17 rebounds against the Washington Wizards in a 110-103 win Wednesday night. "If I make it, I make it and I'll be really excited, but if not, it's another chip I can add on my shoulder and just continue to keep playing like I'm playing this season."
Griffin, who will be playing in his fourth All-Star Game, also said Jordan deserves to be an All-Star.
"Yeah, I don't know what more you want him to do," Griffin said. "He's leading the league in rebounding and is an anchor for us defensively."