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February 8, 2015 Updates

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

Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn't about her gender. His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union yesterday followed by strong backing from the female executive director of the NBA Players Association. "Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false," Michele Roberts said in a statement, noting Paul's role in making her the first woman to head a North American major sports union last summer. Philadelphia Inquirer

February 6, 2015 Updates

All-Star point guard Chris Paul's technical came with 10:17 left in the third quarter when he tried to get the inbounds pass quickly but instead was T'd up after questioning Lauren Holtkamp, who became the third woman to referee NBA games full time this season. "I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of [the technical fouls] were ridiculous," Paul said. "The tech that I get right there was ridiculous. I don't care what nobody says, I don't care what she says; that's terrible. There's no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court, and when we did that, she said, 'Uh-uh.' I said, 'Why, uh-uh?' And she gave me a tech. "That's ridiculous. If that's the case, this might not be for her." ESPN.com

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