Luol Deng And Chris Paul Will Headline Rosters For First NBA Game Held In Africa

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The Clippers are Trying to Get DeAndre Jordan to Renege on Mavs Deal & Come Back to L.A. [UPDATE: It’s Official]

UPDATE: According to ESPN sources, DeAndre Jordan has signed a 4-year, $88 million contract with the Clippers, after agreeing in principle to join the Dallas Mavericks last week.

The process of signing Jordan was no well-kept secret. The events of yesterday played out like a soap opera yesterday, beginning with ESPN reporter Marc Stein‘s announcement that the Clippers were flying down to Houston to attempt to make DeAndre Jordan change his mind about signing a 5-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Then there was the emoji battle on Twitter, reports that Jordan was crying during the Clips’ video presentation, and before you know it, the Clippers claimed they’d had a commitment.

Blake Griffin tweeted a picture of a chair holding a door closed, insinuating that they were indeed holding Jordan hostage until he was eligible to re-sign at midnight. Paul Pierce, who hasn’t yet played a game for the Clippers, tweeted “that’s why they brought me here,” with a picture of Jordan signing his Clippers contract with Doc Rivers grinning from ear-to-ear behind him.

Totally awesome.

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ESPN sources are reporting that the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to convince their former center, DeAndre Jordan, to change his mind, not sign a long-term deal with the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow, and return to the L.A. Free agents are not able to sign deals till July 9. Marc Stein is reporting that point guard Chris Paul, with whom Jordan has had several reported issues–partially his alleged reason for leavingis “pushing” for DeAndre to change his mind. ESPN anchor Michael Eaves is reporting that prominent members of the Clippers organization, including Paul, Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer and Paul Pierce, have flown down to Houston to meet with Jordan, with the goal of completing the deal by 11pm.

Jordan had agreed to a 4-year deal worth $80 million with the Dallas Mavericks last week, and aside from the reported Chris Paul drama, it was rumored that Jordan also wanted to be more involved in the offense. We’ll have to wait and see if Jordan will make one of the craziest move in free-agency history, but the next few hours will surely be a whirlwind.

Already, reports are trickling out from Jordan’s meeting claiming that he was so torn by the decision in front of him, he cried while watching the Clippers’ video presentation.

 

Wow. More updates as soon as we get them.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

[OP-ED] New Civil Leaders: Athletes Taking A Stand On Social Issues

Travyon Martin, Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, these names will always give chills each time they are mentioned. The names release a type of emotion in every American. Words such as innocent, thugs, misunderstood, ignorant, all thoughts that have been expressed over radio, tv, or social media. We allow for all people to express their feelings to these issues for whatever side they take. Athletes are usually on the other end of criticism. An entire business has been built on discussion of players moves on and off the court. But in years past athletes have stayed away from just having a opinion on any real meaningful issue.  Micheal Jordan once famously said the “Republicans buy shoes too” avoiding truly taking a stand on any social issue. Charles Barkley did a Nike commercial saying that he wasn’t a role model.

But this is a new age, players have the ability to stand up for what they think is right.  Last season, after the Don Sterling mixtape came out, the Clippers all showed unity during the playoffs as they faced the Golden State Warriors.

Clippers protest

This, along with pressure from the media forced the hand of commissioner Adam Silver, to ban the shamed owner out of the league for life. A few months later Eric Garner was killed by police in Staten Island. The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Brooklyn Nets a few days later in Brooklyn. Many players decided to wear a “I Can’t Breathe” shirts to show support for Garner. But it meant the most when Lebron James came wore it.

Lebron "I can't breathe shirts

Freddie Gray’s death almost brought a city to it’s knees. People expressing their emotions through peaceful & non-peaceful protest. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is from Baltimore, walked in support of it’s citizens.

Melo marches for Baltimore

 

These are just the new civil rights times that we live in, our black leaders just seem to have a ball in their hand. If you add up LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul twitter followers, it would be more people than a small African country. With the 32 million plus followers these men have, they now have the ability to completely bypass the local paper or TV media to get their opinions across to the masses. Social Media has created a way for athletes to express their feelings at any given moment.

Some may argue that athletes are out of place when they speak on these type of issues. To those people who feel that way, look in the mirror, do you see a human being? That is the same thing that these athletes see, they just have a different platform than you or me. They are actually best to take a stand in whatever they want.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

NBA: Chris Paul Might Be The Reason That DeAndre Jordan Leaves Town

Lob City might have one less tower next season, as DeAndre Jordan will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. According to reports the 6-year veteran will command a max contract by other teams. Not only is that outside of the Los Angeles Clippers price range for a player that career averages are 8 points and 9 rebounds, but Jordan might want to just get away from star point guard Chris Paul. Bill Reiter of Fox Sports is reporting that Paul and Jordan had a “falling out” during the season.

The center averaged career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (15.0), and field-goal percentage (71.0), helping the Clippers to a 56-26 recorded. It would be a big lost if the Clippers aren’t able to come to some agreement with Jordan. Coach and General Manager Doc Rivers says that keeping DeAndre is of prime importance.

KingJut (@KingJut92)

NBA: The Top 5 Point Guards of 2014-2015 Season

Bleacher Report has just released their top point guards of the 2014-2015 season. The point guard discussion has rivaled debates such as the best quarterback, or best pitcher. There will definitely be arguments between who should be in top 5, who’s underrated, and overrated, but it will be hard to find a player to kick off the list. The metrics used to create this list included:

  • Scoring (20)
  • Non-Scoring Offense: Facilitating (20) and Off-Ball Offense (5)
  • Defense: On-Ball (20) and Off-Ball (20)
  • Rebounding (5)
  • Intangibles: Conduct (5) and Durability (5)

Notables:

22. Deron Williams 17. Derrick Rose 15. Rajon Rondo 12. Tony Parker 6. Kyrie Irving 

Top 5:

5. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: 21.0 points 6.2 assists 4.6 rebounds 20.79 per

4. John Wall, Washington Wizards: 17.6 points 10.0 assists 4.6 rebounds 19.96 per

3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: 28.1 points 8.6 assists 7.3 rebounds 29.12 per

2. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: 19.1 points 10.2 assists 4.6 rebounds  26.04 per

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: 23.8 points 7.7 assists 4.3 rebounds per 28.06

Check out the rest of the top point guards in the NBA on Bleacher Report Ranking top Point Guards of 2014-2015.

Stats (via ESPN)

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Last Night Was Just Another Example: Stephen Curry’s Most Badass Crossovers

Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, two of the league’s top playmakers, have gone at it each time their teams have met. Their battles are even better since their respective teams are division rivals, and this year Steph has clearly won the battle of the two. If you tuned into last night’s Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers game, then you saw the move that Curry put on Paul which sent him straight to the hardwood, but that was just one chapter in Curry’s dangerous NBA crossover story. In case you missed it:

If you watch the move from another angle, Paul steps on Curry’s foot which may have lead to him hitting the floor after that crossover, but nonetheless it was a great move by Chef Curry.

To add insult to injury, Curry’s Golden State Warriors edged out a victory against CP3’s Clippers 110-106, pushing their overall record to 61-13.

In honor of last night’s soul-snatching, we’ve complied a list of Chef Curry’s top crossover’s. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our selection.

-Darius Hawkins (@Dee_Hawkie)

NYC Basketball Legend God Shammgod Found His Way Into His New Love Of Teaching

The inventor of the “Shammgod Dribble”, God Shammgod Wells has been raved as a excellent teacher and motivator to the players at Providence University
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Draymond Green Sends Post-Game Shot To The Clippers’ Dahntay Jones

You didn’t even need cable to watch the beating that the Golden State Warriors put on the Los Angeles Clippers. It was so bad, it reminded viewers of the Clippers from yesteryear. Especially after Deandre Jordan‘s failed — well, nonexistent — game winning shot against the Trailblazers a few nights back.

Adding salt to their troubled wounds was Los Angeles’ Dahntay Jones. During a nationally televised post-game interview with ABC, while Draymond Green was speaking on his impressive stat line (23 points shooting 8-15 from the field, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists) Jones was seen on camera glancing at Green before — seemingly on purpose — brushing him as he walked into the locker room.

Later, media caught up with Draymond to discuss what occurred. Green held no punches back with his response:

“If [Dahntay Jones] gets suspended, they may not even notice. So I guess good bump-by, but I definitely expect to be reviewed by the NBA. You know, for him to look at me and look at me again, and bump me, when I’m doing a postgame interview, that’s really smart too, when it’s on ABC. And obviously the postgame interview is the highlight of that segment, and you bump somebody? He got some camera time, which he needed because there wasn’t much celebration from their bench today, so you didn’t see him much. So he got the camera time that he was looking for…He served his purpose in today’s game.”

 

It’s not uncommon for players to be upset after a loss. Especially with Steph Curry running around doing things like this:

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Chris Paul Wanted To Kill Deandre Jordan Last Night…Why?

Chris Paul was incensed with a play that Deandre Jordan kinda forgot to make

Last night, the Los Angeles Clippers seemed to have everything under control. They were in a tough battle against the resilient Portland Trailblazers, who sit two spots above them in the Western Conference standings, and with just three minutes left in the game, it appeared CP3 and company had everything sewn up. However, a huge run from the Blazers, backed by some sharpshooting from Nicolas Batum, had Portland right back within striking distance, and eventually, knotted up with the Clippers heading into the final seconds.

Doc Rivers drew up a nice play that freed Chris Paul up just long enough for him to get a rather clear shot at the rim, but the All-Star couldn’t connect. Deandre Jordan cleaned up the glass, and mistook the shot clock buzzer for the end-of-regulation buzzer. So did several of Portland’s players. So, rather than put the ball in the hoop for an easy, last-second, game-winning layup, Deandre Jordan just stood there with the ball in one hand as time winded down, and Chris Paul jumped up, screamed and flailed trying to tell Jordan to put the ball in the hole.

Demonstrative isn’t really the appropriate word to describe Chris on this play, is it.

Chris Paul Under Fire For “Maybe This Isn’t For Her” Comment About Female Referee

Chris Paul lashes out at ref after questionable call; media alleges sexist undertone

There’s no debating the fact that last night’s Clippers vs Cavs game got out of hand in many different ways. For one, the Cavs–scorching hot after winning 11 straight games–were already up by 30 points in the third quarter, and being so far out of a game before crunch time is definitely not something Doc Rivers‘ squad is used to, especially not at home, where the Clips are 20-7. In addition to that, while Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were beating Lob City at their own game, the Clippers had a technical foul problem that they never quite tended to. Three referees combined to hit the Clippers with four technical fouls in the third quarter, two of which sent Matt Barnes to an early shower. However, it’s the technical foul female referee Lauren Holtkamp dished out to Chris Paul that has the internet and media in an uproar on this Friday morning.

After Matt Barnes’ first tech–which, to Barnes’ credit, was unwarranted–Paul received the inbounds pass from Deandre Jordan, and apparently mumbled or said something that Holtkamp didn’t deem appropriate. Within seconds, she blew her whistle and signaled that Paul would be receiving a technical foul. The footage of that moment begins at about the :30 mark in this video clip. Paul vented about that moment to some reporters after the game, and his controversial comments were as follows.

It’s the “maybe this isn’t for her” portion of the above Vine clip that has become a buzzing topic of conversation. Paul has spent most of the morning being accused of being sexist by members of the public and media, and he’ll undoubtedly be hit with a fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for criticizing a ref, regardless of the gender “issue.”

Let’s be frank, there’s nothing here that suggests that Paul has any sort of gender bias issues. He could have, and more than likely would have, said the same thing about a male ref that slapped him with a tech for reasons unbeknownst to Paul, especially considering they were getting blown out on their home turf. However, criticizing a female referee in a league dominated by men in every category of personnel is always going to be a touchy area, no matter how generic the diction is.