HoopsHype Chris Paul rumors

April 6, 2014 Updates

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung another rout on the Lakers, winning 120-97 Sunday to take three of four games this season from their beleaguered Staples Center co-tenants. It wasn't quite the blowout of the Clippers' previous two wins — 48 points on March 6 and 36 points on Jan. 10 — but they were easily in command as the designated home team. J.J. Redick added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division-winning Clippers, who improved to 32-6 at home. USA Today Sports

When Chris Paul was shown on the big screen at Dodger Stadium on Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants, he was booed louder than any Giants player on the field. The reception didn’t come as a surprise to Paul, who smiled while being jeered and playing an in-stadium trivia game with Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. ESPN.com

“I expected it,” Paul said on Saturday. “When they came and asked me to that thing with Carl Crawford, I said they were going to boo the life out of me. I told Cat (Belanger, the Dodgers’ broadcast and entertainment coordinator). She’s been there every time that I’ve been there for games and she was like, ‘It’s cool.’” Paul was booed last season when he threw out the first pitch to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp along with his four-year-old son, Chris. “The craziest one is when I had ‘Little Chris’ with me,” Paul said. “But he didn’t know what was going on. Now if I take him he’ll know what’s going on.” ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

"I think Chris realized last year in the playoffs, holding the ball, getting double-teamed, getting down to late shot clocks every time, you're not going to win that way," Rivers says. "Movement, quick decisions, pulling it and swinging it and trusting the pass -- that makes Chris impossible to guard. And I think he realizes it now." ESPN.com

Plenty of opposing players have had the misfortune of being dunked on by Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. From Brandon Knight to Timofey Mozgov, there are horror stories all over the league. But what happens when Griffin accidentally dunks on Jordan? They found out on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns when Griffin put back a missed Chris Paul jumper over Jordan’s head. For The Win

March 31, 2014 Updates

Chris Paul, one of 14-year-old Patrick's favorite players, reached out to him prior to the surgery on his thyroid two weeks ago and then called him again after the surgery. On Monday, Paul, Doc Rivers and the Clippers arranged for the McCafferys to visit the team before their game in Minnesota. The scene seems as awesome as it sounds. “[Chris Paul's] interaction with Patrick has been so genuine. When he found out today that he was going to shootaround, he hasn't smiled like that in a month. I just can't thank Doc and Chris and the Clippers enough,” the elder McCaffery told Clippers.com. “From the beginning, when Dino Gaudio and Pat Kelsey first reached out to Chris, Patrick was really scared. He didn't know if it was cancer, and he had never had surgery. Chris first got on the phone with him and talked about that, ‘It's OK to be scared.' They really bonded and he said, ‘I'm going to call you back after the surgery.' And he did, which really meant a lot to Patrick. We kind of loosely talked about it. We've got to see him play and here they were.” CBSSports.com

March 28, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association remains without an executive director, and it's possible the union re-opens its search after narrowing the field to two finalists, a person familiar with the union's thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. At All-Star Weekend, NBPA president Chris Paul maintained there is no timeline to hire a new executive director. But starting another NBA season without an executive director would not put the executive committee, comprised of players, in the best light. USA Today Sports

In a completely unprecedented development, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes got in a shoving match on the court. Barnes and Shawn Marion got into it after Chris Paul shoved Marion, leading to an extended scuffle involving players from both teams. For The Win

March 21, 2014 Updates

Roughly two dozen players and agents are intent on getting the NBA players union to push back the selection of its next executive director until July, sources said, out of concern about how the field of candidates were winnowed to the current two finalists, litigation attorney Michele Roberts and David White, executive director of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Player representatives were recently provided videos of and informational packets about Roberts and White and asked if they were ready to move forward. It has been more than a year since the players dismissed their previous executive director, Billy Hunter, for a variety of questionable business practices uncovered by an audit. The request of the player reps prompted approximately 20 players to send signed letters to union president Chris Paul stating they were not ready to vote. Some, but not all of the players, are team union representatives, a player union source said. "A lot of different reasons were given," the source said. "They were signed by the players but you could tell they were written by their agents. When we reached out to see what was going on, the players weren't as strong about their feelings as the letters were." Bleacher Report

March 10, 2014 Updates

Me: Who has really worn you out on it this season? TB: Chris Paul and Tony Parker, I would say, in the pick and roll specifically. I've played against, pretty much, all the guards, and there are some real tough guards in this league. But I think those two, in the pick and roll. Because, for one, they get the ball so low. Like, once they come off the screen, it's a 5- , 6-foot jumper for them. And if the big comes up, it's a lob to Blake [Griffin] or whoever it may be. NBA.com

March 5, 2014 Updates

"It tells the story of Blake's actual profession, which is what he wanted," said Jared Brunk, one of 0ne0f0ne's main team members. "He wanted it to resemble who he is, where he's from, what he does and kind of his path along the way, which landed him in Los Angeles. A lot of the players want to represent where they're from and they want to kind of tell their life story, which I think is really cool because then it means something to them, and it's personal and it's a good piece for discussion." 0ne0f0ne also manufactures custom furniture and leather items, including wallets, and many players—Griffin, Wade, Jordan, Wright, Ariza, Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Antawn Jamison—have asked for signature pieces. Some want personal logos, like Wade with his Way of Wade logo; others ask for a non-personal patterns, like Jordan showcasing his favorite superhero, Batman. Bleacher Report

February 26, 2014 Updates

They share a common bond because of the point guard position. That has helped strengthen the relationship between Clippers All-Star Chris Paul and Coach Doc Rivers. Paul is widely considered the best point guard in the NBA, and Rivers played point guard throughout his 13-year NBA career, and so the two of them often think the same way when it comes to running the Clippers' offense. "We obviously are starting to get a better feel for each other, and our communication," Paul said after Monday night's game in New Orleans. "We're two point guards always talking like that. At times we bump heads. But I think the thing that I love and I appreciate about Doc is that he is as involved in the game as I am. He wants to win just as bad as I do. Los Angeles Times

Paul is leading the NBA in assists at 11.2 a game and his high basketball IQ has allowed Rivers to give Paul freedom to call the plays. "I don't have to get up to call a play because he knows the play that I'm about to call," Rivers said. "He's already calling the set and we're into our sets with 23 and 22 seconds [left on the 24-second shot clock]. There's no turning around to see what I want and we're getting into the set with 16 seconds left. That's a big difference." Los Angeles Times

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On Saturday, only two All-Stars other than Paul took time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and learn something about finalists David White of the Screen Actors Guild and New York corporate lawyer Michele Roberts: Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers. Props to them for caring. Already, we're hearing from prominent player agents who are dissatisfied with the union's process for vetting and evaluating candidates. But it's the same old thing when it comes to that: How can agents be dissatisfied with the process when their clients don't care enough to participate in it? Perhaps they don't realize that all the problems that were found with Hunter's tenure might have been avoided if the players had paid a little more attention to what was happening right under their noses. CBSSports.com

Chris Paul knows where Carmelo Anthony’s heart is, and it’s still in New York. Though Anthony has been linked to the Clippers to reunite with his buddy, Paul said he realizes Anthony still prefers the Big Apple. “I know he loves it there,’’ Paul said when asked by The Post if Anthony will stay or go during All-Star weekend festivities. “His family loves it there. Most of all, he loves to play basketball there. Whatever he does, I’ll support him 110 percent.’’ New York Post

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