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“The 30th anniversary is a look forward, to inspire the next generation,” says Dixon. “This installation was a way for us to educate people about the man behind the brand, to show the situations that made him who he was.” And depending on your age, your definition of Jordan’s legacy may vary. “We were playing in a game in Charlotte, and my (five-year-old) son was sitting court-side,” Chris Paul told the crowd during his visit. “He saw MJ and said ‘Daddy, that’s the guy from Space Jam.’ He relates more to Space Jam and the shoes.” Wired.com

February 17, 2015 Updates

"The second I walked in to watch Chris Paul play, there was no doubt in my mind he was ridiculously special,'' Ainge says. "I saw him play at Duke, as a freshman for Wake Forest, and he did not have a good game. It was just his talent level -- athletic, smart, tough, physical. He was just confident in what he was doing, in spite of the fact that he wasn't making shots and everything else. There was just something about him, that he put a smile on my face as I watched them play.'' In 2005, Ainge tried to trade Pierce to Portland for the No. 3 pick in order to draft Paul. The trade fell apart and Paul went No. 4 to New Orleans, behind Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams. "Chris Paul was clearly the No. 1 pick in the draft that year, in my mind,'' says Ainge. "I was very confident in spite of my own staff, in spite of my own coaches and my own people not sharing that opinion.'' NBA.com

February 16, 2015 Updates

But Chris Paul noticed something strange about the ball after messing around. When he whipped his hand under the ball, he generate enough backspin for it to bounce easily back to him. It wasn't that difficult to control. "They were switching the balls to a different material, where I could actually throw it out away, really far from me and it can still come back," Paul said. SB Nation

Thus, a new move was born. While Paul wasn't the very first human to try this unique dribble, he was the first to take what was once used by AND-1 Mixtape legend Grayson Boucher (aka "The Professor") and make it NBA-functional. "I'm not dunking over anybody, so I've got to come up with little tricks like that," Paul said. Paul's peers are now making it a part of their games, too. John Wall was so convincing in a game against the Bulls that ESPN's Mike Breen thought he lost control of the ball. SB Nation

February 13, 2015 Updates

LeBron James was elected first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association on Friday, moving him into the union's second-most powerful leadership position beneath president Chris Paul, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The NBPA is working to reshape itself under new executive director Michele Roberts. For years, there's been a push on the players' side to get the league's most prominent players into senior leadership positions. James' elevation to First Vice President is the most significant step yet in that process. The NBA and NBPA could be headed toward another labor showdown in 2017, when each side has the opportunity to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement and ignite a possible work stoppage. Yahoo! Sports

Jeff Zillgitt: Person close LeBron James said NBPA president Chris Paul asked James to be VP of NBPA. James felt a responsibility at this time to serve. Person close to new NBPA VP LeBron James said he recognized new time in NBA with TV deal, CBA and wanted to be a voice in NBPA. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

February 12, 2015 Updates
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Seven months later inside the locker room in Toronto, Paul brushed off any feelings about going back to Oklahoma City. “What’s it going to be like to go there?” he said, repeating the question. “I don’t know. I used to live there. It’s cool.” Still think about it? “You know how long ago that was?” he said before mocking the notion that the court was haunted or something. “…Come on, now. I know you’ve got to ask questions, but come on.” Orange County Register

Cuban was asked what he thought about the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul getting fined $25,000 for criticizing rookie official Lauren Holtkamp. “I’m just glad someone else is getting fined about the refs, other than me,” he said. Dallas Morning News

Turning serious, he said: “Guys respond to calls. I don’t think anybody cares about the gender. They can be Martians for all I care. I just want the best refs we can get.” Asked if he thought Paul was out of line, Cuban said: “I’d be kind of hypocritical if I judged somebody who made a comment in the heat of the moment about officiating. I’m not going to judge the message he was trying to communicate.” Dallas Morning News

February 7, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Saturday fined Paul $25,000 for "public criticism of officiating." "Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false," Roberts, who was elected to her position in late July, said in a statement. "His personal management team, which includes several accomplished women who play a major role in virtually all of his business affairs is, alone, evidence of that fact. USA Today Sports

"The Players Association is a strong Exhibit B. Anyone paying attention is aware that Chris and his Executive Committee colleagues were instrumental in making me the first woman Executive Director of a major men's professional sports union. Further, Chris and the Committee were nothing but wholly supportive of my recent hire of Chrysa Chin — a woman — as the NBPA's first ever Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development. Without hesitation, the Players Association stands firmly behind Chris, whose competitiveness may only be exceeded by the strength of his values and his convictions." USA Today Sports

Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for “public criticism of officiating,” the league announced on Saturday via official release. Paul was critical of the referees following a game where his Clippers received multiple technical fouls during a third quarter meltdown in Cleveland on Thursday, which contributed to L.A. falling behind by as many as 32 points. NBCSports.com

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