ThePostGame recently caught up with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was testing out some maps in "Call of Duty: Ghosts" for the Global Multiplayer Reveal Event in Los Angeles.
ThePostGame: I know you're a huge Call of Duty guy. Are there any other guys on the Clippers who are into Call of Duty?
DEANDRE JORDAN: Eric Bledsoe was. He was super into it. Like 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m. playing Call of Duty, volume on 117. He’s definitely big into it.
Some of the younger guys played it – Eric Gordon played it. Trey Tompkins would play it. I tried to get the older guys to play it, but it’s too many buttons. They’re used to Atari.
TPG: Who's the best Call of Duty player on the team?
JORDAN: I feel like now, after those guys have left, I may be holding up the No. 1 spot. I don't have anybody else in the running, but I'll take the No. 1 title.
TPG: What was your experience like at the USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas?
JORDAN: That was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. It was great. I haven’t done anything with USA Basketball since I was like 17. This was straight NBA competition with Hall of Fame coaches.
I learned so much from those guys. Coach K. Tom Thibodeau. Randy Ayers. All those guys. Even the college coaches who were there, Coach Cal, Billy Donovan, they definitely let you pick at their brain a little bit. I love that. Jim Boeheim. Those guys were great and they helped me out a lot.
TPG: I know you were working on your defense. Any skill in particular?
JORDAN: Just being more of a leader. Communicating more on defense. Because once you get a little tired you start to just "play defense." You won't talk, you won’t say anything.
But definitely my communication as a leader. Especially on the defensive end because I know that that's where my teammates rely on me the most.
If I’m not playing defense we can win some games, but we've got to be able to win a title.
TPG: Doc Rivers said he thinks you can be Defensive Player of the Year. Do you think you could be a contender for the award?
JORDAN: Yeah, I mean, if my coach said it, then Hell yeah. That’s definitely one of my individual goals. I don’t want to win it just one time, that’s definitely something I want to win multiple years.
When your coach says something about you like that, and we haven’t even had one practice together, that’s definitely something that’s humbling. And it’s definitely going to make me work even harder because I want that and I want to back his word up.
I’m really excited about that challenge that I think he put in front of me.
TPG: How much are you looking forward to playing under and learning from Doc Rivers?
JORDAN: He's one of the best in the league, he’s a Hall of Fame coach. He's won a title, he’s played, so he knows the game. You can’t argue with that. He's coached Hall of Famers. Anytime I can talk to him and pick his brain, ask him what he thinks I need to be doing, what I need to look at, what I need to get better at, what I need to fall back away from, I’m all his. Whatever he wants me to do.
TPG: You’re really active on social media. What do you like about Twitter, Instagram and the other sites?
JORDAN: Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Vine whatever it is, people love that. And when you like to do it, it makes it even better. I’m only 25 years old, so I like to have fun. I like to hang with my family and my friends. I like to zipline. I did that and I posted it one time and people went crazy about it. It’s like, that's something that you don’t know DeAndre Jordan does -- a zipline. So it’s cool to let people in your life a little bit.
It kind of takes them off the court and gives them a different perspective, which I think people definitely enjoy.
TPG: It’s crazy to think about how much these sites are changing out culture.
JORDAN: Yeah, I remember growing up we had MySpace. My Top 8 was my crew.
When Facebook came I was like, "No, I don’t want Facebook. MySpace is my stuff." But everyone was like, "Once you go to high school and college, you got to get a Facebook." And I was like, "Nah, Facebook is weak."
So I ended up getting a Facebook and I loved it. Same with Twitter. I didn't get a Twitter until late. Instagram I got that late. Vine I just got that.
I’m just starting to get up to date with everything, I definitely enjoy it. I have a good time with it, I'm making an Instagram video now.
TPG: Speaking of videos, you've done some hilarious "Funny or Die" skits. How much of a kick do you get out of that?
JORDAN: I love it. Because if anybody knows me, they know I like to have a good time. I like to have fun, I like to prank people and I like to get pranked. So anything that stays lively and upbeat and just have fun, I love that.
I didn’t know I was really like an on-camera guy until somebody told me, "You should be on camera." I was like, "Nah, I only like to tell jokes with my friends and imitate people in front of my friends." And they were like, "No, you should do it!"
So I gave it a shot and I love it now.
TPG: What’s the best prank that you’ve pulled or seen anyone pull?
JORDAN: Oh my goodness [laughs]. I would have to say in college, one of my freshman buddies, we called him and we were like, "Hey we have a photo shoot today in the gym." I’m acting like I’m a reporter, "Yeah, bring all your practice gear and game gear. Bring a cold pair of shoes, we’re going to have a photo shoot. I already called DeAndre, I called B.J. [Holmes]. Can you be there an hour?"
And he was like, "Yeah, I’ll be there!" He calls us and he was like, "Hey, we got a photo shoot." And I was like, "Yeah, the guy just called me. I’m getting ready right now, I’ll meet you there."
He gets his stuff ready, he goes up to the gym, he’s waiting there and he’s like "Where is this guy at?" He tries to call, we don’t answer. He goes to the coach’s office and he’s like, "Coach, I’m late for this photo shoot, where’s the guy?" And coach [Mark] Turgeon was like, "What photo shoot, what are you talking about? I think DeAndre got you."
So he grabbed all of his stuff and came banging on our door and he was like, "Yeah, that was a pretty good one." [laughs]
TPG: That's great. Are people more cautious around you now?
JORDAN: Yeah, like people don’t want to sleep around me now, which is bad. And I definitely don’t want to sleep around anybody. Even on a plane, not even like a team plane, when I’m going with my brother or with my mom somewhere, I’m not going to sleep. If they go to sleep I’ll put my hat on and put my hood over it.
I don’t want anybody to get my face. Even if I’m on the plane by myself, if people are like looking at me I’m like, "No, no, this is war. You’re not going to get me."
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