NBA invites Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan to All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

Jan 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Jordan finishes with 25 points. The Clippers defeated the Mavericks 119-112. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A few days ago reports leaked suggesting the NBA wanted Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in the dunk contest.

On Friday they followed through with that request, inviting the former Texas Longhorn player to New Orleans to participate in the annual dunkfest.

Jordan was quick to accept, right? Not so fast. The Clippers center believes he’s played like an All-Star this season and told the league he wants to see what happens before he accepts. In short, he wants to be named an All-Star before accepting the invite.

DeAndre Jordan wants to be in the All-Star game as a participant, not just as a dunker.

So when NBA officials approached the Clippers’ center before Friday’s game about being in the dunk contest, Jordan told them what his true wish was.

“I just told them I wanted to see what happens,” Jordan said. “I’m not trying to disrespect them. But I want to be in the All-Star game as a player and not just as a dunker.”

It’s likely to be a tough road for Jordan who despite a solid season is probably behind players like Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge for a spot.

Topics: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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