This is how you do a birthday cake. This Los Angeles Clippers cake even comes with its own CP3 kicks.
N.C. State fans talking about Chris Paul’s late grandfather. D.J. Strawberry hearing comments about his troubled father. Duke fans holding up signs with “J.R. Can’t Reid” written on them are just a few examples of times students cross a line in their creative chants.
Some Wyoming fans crossed that line Wednesday night when they chanted “alcoholic” at Colorado State coach Larry Eustach.
Eustachy was fired from Iowa State in 2003 after he was photographed drinking with undergraduates. He admitted he was an functioning alcoholic — “probably the best in the country at it” — and sought treatment. He was quickly hired at Southern Miss and spent eight years there before moving to Colorado State last spring.
This April, Eustachy will mark 10 years of sobriety, he says.
The chant in Wyoming started before halftime of the game in Laramie. The Cowboys had been trailing for most of the game and would go on to lose 78-56.
Check out “The Disappearing Act”, one of two new NBA BIG commercials directed by Spike Lee, featuring Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, and Chris Paul. CP3 bursts on and off the court in a puff of smoke, so fast that at one point he leaves the court and appears at a table in a diner with other point guard greats, Magic and Nash.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games and to celebrate their eventually dismissal from the NBA playoffs at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, whom they meet in the second round, they partied with a Chris Paul dressed up as a baby.
A Grizzlies fan made the sign and displayed the picture during the game.
Derrick Rose’s torn ACL has caused USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to rethink his stance of not expanding the list of candidates for the U.S. squad that will compete at the London Olympics.
Colangelo said last week that despite injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups as well as Lamar Odom being eliminated from consideration the 12-man Team USA roster would be selected from the 16 candidates remaining from the original list of 20. Rose’s season-ending injury brings the number of finalists down to 15.
“What I said (previously) was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,” Colangelo. “Obviously (Rose) is a big loss. (Point guard) seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.”
Three point guards remain on the current list: Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. The team is also thin at center—Tyson Chandler is the only true ‘five’ left among the candidates.
Colangelo said that the original plan to announce the final roster on June 1 has been changed. June 18 is the deadline for teams to set rosters with the Olympic Committee, and Colangelo said USA Basketball will wait as late as possible before making its decisions.
“I think now we’re going to wait until the very last moment to pick the team, because it seems ridiculous with a lot of playoff games to play that we would select a team,” Colangelo said. “We might as well keep the options open as long as we can, and continue to monitor the situation.”
Colengelo will meet with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The current Team USA finalists are Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks, Chris Bosh Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers, Chandler New York Knicks, Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder, Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies, Eric Gordon New Orleans Hornets, Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers, Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James Miami Heat, Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves, Paul Los Angeles Clippers, Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder and Williams New Jersey Nets.
The National Basketball Players Association executive committee voted to work toward the resignation of union president Derek Fisher, at executive director Billy Hunter’s suggestion.
Fisher has refused to give up his post and previously worked to gather a group to look into Hunter’s business and financial practices. With no intent to resign, Fisher plans to instead push Hunter to operate with more transparency. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard has more than two years left in his term as NBPA president.
Mistrust between the two has festered for months and reached a high point when Fisher convinced the executive committee to vote for an independent auditor to look into Hunter’s time as executive director.
Hunter later convinced the committee to focus in on Fisher, though Hunter hasn’t been in good favor with players and agents following huge concessions to the NBA owners during lockout negotiations.
Hunter’s legal team sent players a memo stating that the audit had been cancelled because it was found to be irrelevant.
“The executive committee recognized that the review was unnecessary since there had been a recent independent audit of the NBPA’s finances which raised no issues,” the memo said.
Hunter managed to convince the executive committee that Fisher’s push for an audit was rooted in a personal rift that has grown between Hunter and Fisher since the NBA Lockout. The committee includes such players as Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Washington Wizards guards Maurice Evans and Roger Mason, Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling and San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner.
On Thursday night the New Orleans Hornets are scheduled to be introduced by Samuel L. Jackson when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers in Chris Paul’s return to the Big Easy. Earlier this season, actor Will Ferrell introduced the team and you can watch HERE.
Jackson is in town to film “Django Unchained” which is directed by Quentin Tarentino.
Can we suggest some sort of intro like the one he gave in Pulp Fiction:
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.”
In a game that saw Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul don a protective facial wear, after suffering a nasal fracture against San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Also saw his teammate Blake Griffin looking to add a helmet to their roster after he took a shot from Golden State Warriors Dominic McGuire that left him dazed.
Rudy J’s favorite Twitter follow Clipper Darrell has butted heads with his favorite team the Los Angeles Clippers. Darrell Bailey know more to the masses as Clipper Darrell says the Clippers asked him to stop using his longtime nickname.
Bailey, an 11-year season ticket holder announced on his website that the team has asked him to refrain from using the name Clipper Darrell.
“I have been told by Clipper management they no longer want me to be Clipper Darrell, a name that was given to me by the media because of my unwavering support and team spirit,” he wrote. “I am devastated!”
Clippers guard Chris Paul wrote, “WE GOT YOU!!!” Clippers forward Blake Griffin tweeted, “Bring back #ClipperDarrell,” and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan added, “I love you Clipper Darrell&#ClipperDarrell.”
“I’m not feeling too good right now,” Bailey said. “They asked me not to be Clipper Darrell anymore. They don’t want me to dance. They don’t want me to cheer anymore at the games. I can’t be Clipper Darrell. They don’t want me in the suit. They don’t want me to do anything anymore.”
Bailey refused to go into further details. The Clippers issued a harshly-worded statement in response to Bailey’s claims on Wednesday.
“The Clippers have done absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate as it concerns Darrell Bailey. His claims are absurd and unfounded. He has never been an employee or representative of the Clippers organization, and therefore cannot be terminated,” the team said. “The Clippers have never engaged Mr. Bailey’s services. When he has been in need, the organization has regularly provided him a seat for games. No good deed goes unpunished.
“We have had multiple conversations with him concerning his inappropriate use of the Clippers’ team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain. We have spoken to him repeatedly about his desire to make public appearances in ways which improperly suggest that he is officially affiliated with our organization. In all cases and over a long period of time, he has consistently rejected our efforts to operate in consultation.
“In a conversation with an authoritative and tenured Clippers’ executive last week, he was asked again to either consult with the team on all public appearances and/or commercial ventures, or stop undertaking those opportunities representing himself inappropriately. His response was an offer to stop representing himself commercially in that way and his offer was accepted in principle.The next thing we heard was the baseless claims he has made today and the ensuing media rush to judgment.
“We hold all of our fans in the highest esteem and we have been patient and generous with Mr. Bailey. He has not returned our support in an honorable way. He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers. We are no longer interested in that kind of association with him, and that is why we accepted his offer to remove our team name from his stage name.”
This isn’t the first time Bailey and the team have butted heads. Bailey has often complained about the team holding him back and preventing him from securing endorsement deals while the team has been upset that he has sold merchandise and booked public appearances on his website using the Clippers name for years.
Bailey, 44, has been a Clippers season ticket holder since the 2000-01 season and every aspect of his life seemingly revolves around the team. He wears a custom-made suit, half red, half blue to home games. He drives a customized 1995 BMW 740i, painted in red, white and blue with a Clippers logo and autographs on the hood and “CLIPERD” license plates. Even his Los Angeles home, where he lives with his wife and four children, is painted in Clippers colors.
“Clippers Nation made me who I am,” Bailey said. “I didn’t give myself the nickname but I guess the team can take it away.”
Kobe Bryant lashed out at Los Angeles Lakers management Sunday night for leaving teammate Pau Gasol wondering whether he’s about to be traded. In a postgame monologue punctuated by a couple of profanities, Bryant said the Lakers either need to trade Gasol or come out and say it won’t happen.
Bryant’s comments came in the aftermath of a 102-90 loss at Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He said he doesn’t want Gasol to be traded but it’s unfair for his teammate to try to play when he doesn’t know if he’ll be somewhere else the following day.
As Bryant put it: “If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just … do it.”
“Listen, he’s been the consummate professional,” Bryant said. “He’s going out and he’s trying to do what he can. But let’s be real. If you didn’t know you were going to be here tomorrow, if your head’s on the chopping block and you feel like you’re just waiting, it’s tough to put all yourself in the game.”
Trade rumors about Gasol have circulated since the team thought it had shipped him to New Orleans Hornets in a three-team deal before the season that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. But NBA Commissioner David Stern blocked the trade.
“It’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and stuff,” Bryant said, bringing up the subject even though no one asked him about it. “It’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would either come out and either trade him or not trade him.”
“It obviously starts with myself and Pau and the emergency of Andrew Bynum,” Bryant said, “but you can’t have one of our pillars not knowing if he’s going to be here or not. Do something. One way or another, do something. If they trade him at least you have some type of closure, he gets some type of closure. I talked to him a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. So I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they were going to do something, I wish they would just … do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out and perform and he can play and he can invest all of himself in the game.”
Kyrie Irving is considering playing for Australia in the 2012 London Olympics, but a decision to do so would likely preclude him from playing in future international tournaments for Team USA.
Irving was born in Australia and has dual citizenship, making him eligible to play for the country’s basketball team. His father, Drederick, played professionally there.
“Still haven’t decided,” Irving told the Akron Beacon Journal. “Really it will come down to whether or not I want to give up my whole summer.”
Another factor in his decision will be whether he someday wants to suit up for the Americans.
“For a 19-year-old, that’s a big decision,” Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said, per the Beacon Journal. “He obviously needs to get as much advice as he can from a lot of people that he trusts and believes in. I know he talks to Chris Paul and Grant Hill and guys like that (former Olympians). I would seek their advice. Talk to his dad. I don’t think it’s something he’s going to take lightly and it’s something he should make sure he takes his sweet time on.”
When the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul, many believed it signaled the end of dumping on the Clippers. Turns out not quite yet as former Clippers guard Eric Gordon called team execs liars and center Chris Kaman called them unprofessional.
“All you do is take the man’s word and take that he said that no one is going to go anywhere,” Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. “… To completely lie like that is something unprofessional.”
General manager Neil Olshey said the NBA (who owns the Hornets) moved so fast that there was not enough time to inform the players before it was blasted out on social media.
Countered Gordon who was at an event with Kaman and Clippers season ticket holders when the trade was made: “They literally told me as an organization that they wanted to keep me, and (it still) went down?”
Kaman said his real estate agent’s son told him of the trade. He said the Hornets are “very professional…I’m not used to that.”
Kaman, who got a $1.8 million trade kicker bonus, questioned his old team’s integrity.
“The Clippers didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t tell me I was traded or nothing after eight years. They didn’t have the guts to come tell me they traded me.”
When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Blake Griffin said “it’s going to be Lob City.” Less than 24-hours later there is already a t-shirt to celebrate what Clippers executives hope to be an overpopulated town.
Skreened.com is offering shirts in several colors. Prices range from $20.99 to $29.99 depending on the style.
Watch as Blake Griffin and teammate DeAndre Jordan react to the news that the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Chris Paul. The deal sent Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft choice to the New Orleans Hornets.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent an email to David Stern in which he explicitly urged the Commissioner to stop the proposed trade of New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).
I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.
I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.
When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
*And, no, the email was not in the same comic sans font that Gilbert used to excoriate LeBron James after “The Decision.”
Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers let David Stern know what he thought of the NBA blocking Chris Paul going to the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter. Since New Orleans Hornets is a team that is owned by the league, the 29 owners of the team had the ability to veto the trade and did just that. Naturally, Paul is unhappy as evidence by his tweet that read “Wow” after it was announced that the deal is off. Granger took it personally as well.
“Due to the sabotaging of the LA/NO trade by David Stern,” Granger wrote on Twitter, “and following in the foosteps of my athlete brethern Metta World Peace and Chad Ochocinco, I’m changing my last name to ‘Stern’s Bi#&h’, effective immediately.”
There are appropriate ways to vent your frustration with a boss, this is not one of them.
The NBA veto the Chris Paul deal Thursday night but one former coach saw this happening years ago. Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson was asked by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register in 2010 about the problems the league might face after they took over running the New Orleans Hornets.
“Who’s going to pull the button on it?” Jackson when asked about the possibility of Paul leaving for another team. “When Chris says he has to be traded, how’s that going to go? … Someone’s going to have to make a very nonjudgmental decision on that part that’s not going to irritate anyone else in the league.”
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul and four members of his family appeared on the game show Family Feud yesterday and the audience found out the four-time All-Star doesn’t like smelling bad.
A new ad from Nike’s Jordan Brand plays off the NBA lockout, showing endorsers Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony competing in unconventional basketball settings, such as senior and women’s leagues, and pick up games everywhere from Beijing to small towns.
ESPN is reporting that the NBA World All-Star Classic, staring eighteen top-tier players, including Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant, will begin a world tour Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. News of the tour broke last week, but contractual and logistical issues had to be worked out, and a formal announcement is expected imminently.
The tour, branded the World All-Star Classic, will also hit O2 Arena in London on Nov. 1 and 3, the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Hotel in Macau on Nov. 6, and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 8 and 9. Organizers are considering adding a fifth city and are doing some last-minute tinkering with the other stops and dates.
The official announcement is expected today and other stars could include, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Tyson Chandler, Steve Nash, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Chris Kaman.
Players will be paid from six figures to $1 million, and some proceeds will go to charity, according to reports. Atlanta businessman Calvin Darden is the tour’s main organizer.
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul would apparently hit anyone if he’s playing against them in basketball, even his mother. TNT’s Cheryl Miller asked Paul what it was like to get physical with the five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
“He would do me the same way. It’s all in fun, but it’s our livelihood,” he said. “I don’t care if my mother was on the court. I’d hit her, too.”
On April 15, we posted the video of rapper Nicki Minaj giving New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul a lap dance on stage of the latest tour stop of the I AM Music tour. Well she’s back at it again and this time when the tour made a stop in Phoenix it was Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash who became the lucky man. Starting to wonder if she has a thing for point guards?
On the latest tour stop of the I AM Music tour rapper Nicki Minaj brought sports and music when she gave New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul with a lap dance on stage in front of 10,000 giggling fans.
The Utah Jazz took a 105-103 lead over the New Orleans Hornets with 1.3 seconds left in regulation but New Orleans Aaron Gray launched a long pass to Chris Paul in the middle of the paint but the ball bounced fortunately for the Hornets into Emeka Okafor hands where he banked in a shot at the buzzer to force overtime. The Hornets went on to win 121-117 in overtime.