Despite popular belief, there’s a lot of stuff that crosses my desk that I just let slide. Some of it is too complex, or doesn’t appeal to many people, or is old news, or makes people look bad, or tells too much truth, or is just plain ole ridiculous.
I came across a plain ole ridiculous article on Chester’ reigning NBA Slam Dunk Champion Derrick Jones of the NBA Portland Trailblazers – formerly with the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. I was going to let it slide until I spent some time with an 11-grade Philly high school football player this weekend. We talked sports and life and somehow I remembered this crazy article on Derrick Jones and showed it to him as a lesson on how you have to own your own story and watch what you say to reporters because they don’t always do their homework.
I stumbled on this article thanks to Google Alerts. It’s titled ‘2020 Trail Blazers Free Agency: 5 things to know about Derrick Jones Jr.’
I’ll rename this post, ‘5 Totally Ridiculous Passages.’
There are some facts sprinkled in like…’Jones is known for his high-flying dunks as the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, but he’s also stellar on the defensive side of the ball,’ and this fact…’Jones was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Other NBA players to come out of Chester, PA include Tyreke Evans, Rondae-Hollis Jefferson and Jameer Nelson.’
Here comes the ridiculous…
- ‘Jones told NBA.com of his hometown: “Coming from Chester, it being a violent city, not a lot of people make it out of there, not a lot of people make it to the age of 21.’
Okay Mr. Jones, I agree Chester has its share of violence but an awful lot of people make it past the age of 21. That’s like saying COVID-19 is raging in Chester and everyone is dying. Sure, COVID-19 is raging, but most people will survive it. (In 2020, Chester has seen about 32 homicides and about 49 COVID-19 deaths).
2. ‘Jones attended Archbishop John Carroll High School, and while he’s the only NBA player to come from this high school, the Fresh Prince, Will Smith, went there.’
I guess he’s the only NBA player from Carroll but when did Will Smith transfer from Overbrook to go to Carroll?
3. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds his freshman season at UNLV. He declared for the 2016 NBA draft, but went undrafted. The Suns signed Jones as an undrafted free agent in 2016. “I know every person that got drafted before me and that’s one thing that I put that on my checklist,” Jones said. “Once I play against them, I’m going to show them that they shouldn’t have been drafted before me.
Okay, Mr. Jones, you weren’t even the best player on your college team and you’re going to show all 60 NBA Draft picks that you’re better than them.
4. Jones appeared in 38 games with Phoenix over two seasons, averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes.
Mr. Jones, I will not check the stats, but you only played 38 of 164 games in 2 seasons and couldn’t score 5 points a game. I wonder what those 60 NBA Draft picks scored.
5. In 133 games with the Heat, Jones averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Even when you got good enough to see more time, you still can’t crack double digits in scoring.
But, and this is a big but, in 2020, Jones defeated Aaron Gordon to capture the Same Dunk Competition crown, which occurred on his 23rd birthday. (That is not a typo on my part. The article actually says Same Dunk Competition when the correct term is Slam Dunk Competition).
We love seeing Derrick Jones living his best life as an NBA player. Unfortunately, when reporters don’t do their homework and think Chester is part of West Philly and Will Smith went to a Catholic School, I guess whatever Derrick Smith tells them is going to be considered gospel.