Before the Clippers’ practice Saturday, Chris Paul wanted to talk about the problem, pivoting on a question about quick start to a different line of thought. “One of the biggest things for us is our home court hasn’t really been a home court,” Paul said. “I don’t know. For some reason we just haven’t made it a tough place to play. “ … Obviously it’s our mentality. We’re the ones playing. We have to give our crowd something to cheer about, something to get behind. We’ve got to make Staples Center, for our home games, a tough place to play.”
“I feel like sometimes we’re a better road team than we are a home team, and that’s not good,” center DeAndre Jordan said. “I mean it’s good, but we want to be a great team at home and a really, really, really good team on the road. We need to figure out how to transition that, and we’ll be fine, but we’ve got to pick it up at home.” “I feel like when we’re at home, we rely on our crowd, we rely on, ‘OK, we’re at home.’ But (when) we’re on the road, we know it’s us against everybody else in this arena, so that’s more motivation, more fire, I guess. So, we’ve got to find that same fire at home.”
While Stephen Curry scares defenses 25 feet from the hoop, one of the league’s best centers, the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, recently talked about whether his position would soon be extinct. More and more, players who can do little more than shoot have teams pining for their talent. Last season, teams averaged 24.1 three-point attempts a game, compared with 2.8 when the line debuted in the 1979-80 season. “With the way the game is trending, every team needs a three-point threat,” Los Angeles Lakers director of player personnel Ryan West told USA TODAY Sports.
James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul called for athletes to be more active in promoting social change during the ESPY’s earlier this summer. “I have thought a lot about this, and Michele Roberts and I talked a lot about these issues,” Silver said, referring to the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “There may be no organization in our society better positioned than the NBA and its players to try and have an impact on these difficult issues plaguing many of our cities. So aside from discussions around the anthem, it is my expectation that as we move beyond the collective bargaining [negotiating] process, that we and the players together will continue to address these issues and look for opportunities where we can really make a difference.
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As a mouthguard expert, why do you think Steph Curry chews his mouthguard so much? Bad fit? Not a good mouth guard. What’s the deal? People need to know. Kevin Love: [Laughs] No, I don’t know if it’s a bad fit. Guys just have their nervous tics. Blake Griffin does the same thing. You’ll see me do it every once in a while. I’m always more curious about where guys will stuff their mouth guard when they come off to the bench. Will they put it back in the case? Will they put it in their socks? Will they put it in their spandex? What will they do?
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Now more than ever, the familiar narrative threatens to conclude with a not-so-happy ending. “My thing with that is, a narrative is only a narrative until it’s not,” Redick said. “In other words, the LeBron thing, LeBron couldn’t win — until he did. Michael couldn’t win — until he did. We couldn’t get out of the second round, until we do. And we will. I don’t think we get caught up in that, but that’s the conversation around our team.”
“To me, I think we have a superteam here,” Pierce said. “You look at Chris Paul, who’s been a First Team All-NBA. Blake Griffin, First Team. DeAndre Jordan, currently First Team All-NBA. How many teams can currently say that? “We have the best three-point shooter in the NBA. We have the Sixth Man of the Year. Why is this not a superteam? What defines ‘superteam?’ When you look at those stats and you hear what I’m saying, this could very well, easily be what’s considered a superteam.”