The only things missing as
Reporters couldn't help but provide the laugh track as Jordan addressed a variety of topics.
On his latest omission from the All-Star game after the late withdrawal of
On fans saying his name while teammate
On whether he needed to develop a signature offensive move like a sky hook: "I also want to shoot threes. But then there's a nightmare of hearing [a buzzer] and then me coming out of the game."
It's no joke that Jordan is about the last player Clippers Coach
Jordan leads the
Rivers called Jordan's absence from the All-Star game a "travesty."
"What I keep saying about D.J. that I don't like is that you play both sides of the floor and just the one side of the floor keeps getting all the credit and not the other side of the floor and the other side is more important," Rivers said, referring to defense. "There has never been a team that has won a title without being a decent defensive team or a great defensive team, yet that side keeps getting forgotten about in the All-Star game."
Jordan's offense might no longer be an issue if recent trends persist. He has averaged 15.5 points over his last six games, including a 24-point outburst Wednesday during the Clippers' 110-95 victory over the
Jordan has also made at least 50% of his shots in an NBA-record 39 consecutive games, last failing to do so Nov. 28 against the Rockets.
He snagged his 20th rebound Wednesday with a big assist from Paul, who stepped aside to let his teammate grab the ball with only 17 seconds left in the game.
"I didn't have any clue how many rebounds he had," Paul said. "I just heard the bench screaming."
Said Jordan: "I remember coming down and I heard everybody say, 'Let D.J. get it! Let D.J. get it!' and I was like, 'OK, well, I must have 19. Or nine.'"
Jordan has stayed jovial throughout a season in which he's been widely ignored outside Los Angeles, pretending to give a clipped, Marshawn Lynch-style interview with a television reporter after a game before breaking into a wide smile and answering all her questions with thoughtful insights.
He has even refused to get flustered when discussing teams' recent strategy of intentionally fouling him as a comeback strategy. The Rockets tried it late in the game Wednesday only to watch their deficit increase even as Jordan made seven of 16 free throws over the final 4 minutes 15 seconds. Overall, he made 12 of 26 in the game.
"I don't go to the line as tense anymore," Jordan said, "because my coaches and teammates are confident in me and if I don't make them, then we're going to go down and get a stop."
Jordan's defensive prowess does raise one issue about his inclusion as an All-Star: Is he really needed in a game where no defense is played?
"Oh, if I played in the All-Star game, I'm playing defense — hard for the first quarter," Jordan said. "And I want to get a couple of dunks too. Like I do in a regular game."