Tag:Chris Paul
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Video: LeBron and Wall exchange awesome plays

Posted by Royce Young



Chris Paul hosted a charity game in Winston Salem Saturday night and while I think most of us are a bit fatigued by these All-Star pickup games, this one produced some nasty highlights. Who won? I have no idea. Nor do I care. Nor should you.

As it should, because joining CP3 was LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and John Wall. And for about three minutes, Wall and LeBron totally stole the show with LeBron finished a wild two-hand reverse dunk and then Wall responding with a behind-the-back dunk. Then LeBron threw himself an oop, then Wall put down one off the backboard from CP3. Back and forth, one stellar play after another. All without an semblance of defense too. Go figure.

Durant led the way with 48, CP3 had 39, Gay 38, LeBron 30 and Wade 32.

(Interesting note: Via CP3, 1,072,532 viewed the game online, which streamed for free on Paul's website. People are missing their basketball.)

But here's the thing with these vidoes: While nice and certainly a good fix while we're waiting for basketball, it just serves as a very obvious reminder as to what we'll be missing if there's lost games. Which makes me physically ill.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 5:52 pm
 

NBA 2K12 overall player ratings unveiled

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Player ratings for the popular basketball video game, NBA 2K12, continue to leak in advance of the game's Oct. 4 release.

A few weeks back, we noted that Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James was poised to lead the league in overall ranking with a 98, topping Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who checked in at 94.

Unofficially, just nine current NBA players check in with ratings at or above "90".  All nine, including James and Bryant,  were All-Stars last season. The others: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams

A number of teams from the past are also included in the game. The 1992-1993 Chicago Bulls are included, led by Michael Jordan, who is rated a 99, and Scottie Pippen, who is rated a 90. Jordan also receives a 99 on the 1997-1998 iteration of the Bulls while he scores just a 92 on the 1985-1986 team.

An expanded list of player rankings has been uploaded to YouTube by user NBA2K12stuff. More rankings have been revealed or compiled by PastaPadre.com and Examiner.com.

Here's a compiled list of ratings for some star players from those sources. Remember: this year's rookie class is not included in the game.  

LeBron James -- Miami Heat -- (98)
Dwyane Wade -- Miami Heat -- (96)
Kobe Bryant -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (94)
Dwight Howard -- Orlando Magic -- (93)
Chris Paul -- New Orleans Hornets -- (93)
Kevin Durant -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- (92)
Derrick Rose -- Chicago Bulls -- (92)
Carmelo Anthony -- New York Knicks -- (91)
Deron Williams -- New Jersey Nets -- (90)
Russell Westbrook -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- (88)
Amar'e Stoudemire -- New York Knicks -- (88)
Pau Gasol -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (86)
Rudy Gay -- Memphis Grizzlies -- (86)
Andre Iguodala -- Philadelphia 76ers --(85)
Blake Griffin -- Los Angeles Clippers -- (85)
Dirk Nowitzki -- Dallas Mavericks -- (85)
Manu Ginobili -- San Antonio Spurs -- (85)
Rajon Rondo -- Boston Celtics -- (85)
Tim Duncan -- San Antonio Spurs -- (84)
Joe Johnson -- Atlanta Hawks -- (84)
Josh Smith -- Atlanta Hawks -- (84)
Steve Nash -- Phoenix Suns -- (84)
Monta Ellis -- Golden State Warriors -- (83)
Kevin Garnett -- Boston Celtics -- (83)
Stephen Jackson -- Milwaukee Bucks -- (83)
Gerald Wallace -- Portland Trail Blazers -- (83)
LaMarcus Aldridge -- Portland Trail Blazers -- (83)
Zach Randolph -- Memphis Grizzlies -- (83)
Paul Pierce -- Boston Celtics -- (82)
Eric Gordon -- Los Angeles Clippers -- (82)
Joakim Noah -- Chicago Bulls -- (82)
John Wall -- Washington Wizards -- (82)
Kevin Love -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- (81)
Al Jefferson -- Utah Jazz -- (81)
Danny Granger -- Indiana Pacers -- (81)
Chris Bosh -- Miami Heat -- (80)
Tyreke Evans -- Sacramento Kings -- (80)
Tony Parker -- San Antonio Spurs -- (80)
Stephen Curry -- Golden State Warriors -- (80)
Andrew Bynum -- Los Angeles Lakers -- (79)

Hat tip: Welcome To Loud City 
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 3:26 pm
 

LeBron James booed at Philadelphia exhibition

Posted by Ben Golliver

The deeper we fall into this godforsaken NBA lockout, the more we search for remnants of normalcy, tokens to remind us that basketball is still basketball, mementos to remind us that the game will eventually resume. Good news, guys, I found one: Miami Heat forward LeBron James is still getting booed on the road.

On Sunday, James and fellow All-Stars Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony converged on Philadelphia to face a stacked local squad led by Tyreke Evans, Kyle Lowry and Hakim Warrick in a Team Melo vs. Team Philadelphia exhibition game at the Palestra.

James missed his final two shots from long range as Team Melo lost, 131-122, but he finished with 43 points and 23 rebounds. Great game, but his highlight dunks and high-flying play didn't automatically make him a crowd favorite. On the contrary, as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports, James was booed multiple times by the Philly crowd.
James, who wore his regular-season No. 6 and played without his trademark headband, was booed during the introductions and at times during the game, including when he stepped in to take a third-quarter charge from Warrick. He later drew gasps when he swooped in for a fourth-quarter follow-up dunk, part of his 23-rebound effort.
It's worth noting that, back in April, James and the Heat eliminated the 76ers from the Eastern Conference Playoffs in five games. James famously referred to the 76ers as "breakfast" during the series.

Does that explain the booing? Maybe, maybe not. There's also the lingering bitterness prompted by "The Decision," the fact that Philly fans will boo everyone (including Santa Claus), and the likelihood that many of the fans in attendance at the exhibition game do not regularly attend NBA games and thus were enjoying their first opportunity to express their disapproval to James in person.

Whatever the main motivating factor, the cheers were caught on tape. Here's video from the Team Melo vs. Team Philly exhibition, including a snippet of LeBron James getting booed by the crowd, courtesy of YouTube user Ballislifedotcom. The booing is most audible as James backs down 76ers point guard Lou Williams 10 seconds into the tape.



Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Behind the scenes at Durant and LeBron's showdown

Posted by Royce Young



Kevin Durant's second episode of "35th Hour" is out and besides showing how hard he goes at it in the gym, how hard he goes at it shopping in the mall and how hard he goes at it bowling with friends, we get to see some really cool behind-the-scenes stuff from the legendary Melo-Goodman showdown. That's where Durant and LeBron James went head-to-head and Durant came out with 55 points though LeBron came out with the victory.

Durant said of the game, "I've got so much respect for LeBron. I think he's probably the best player in the league. Him and Kobe are kind of neck and neck for the best player in the league. It's my opportunity to get better so I had to take advantage of it."

The title of the episode is "Hard work beats talent." Which could be seen as a minor dig at LeBron since KD put on a show against him, but really, it's just Durant's favorite saying. He said it the night he was drafted and he says it often otherwise. And there's no doubt -- while KD's got the talent, he definitely works hard.
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Report: Isiah Thomas courting CP3 for Knicks

By Matt Moore

The New York Post reported two Knicks  items of note Wednesday. The first is that Amar'e Stoudemire is currently working out in Miami at Florida International University... the same university Isiah Thomas is currently employed at. There has always been talk of Isiah Thomas' closeness with owner James Dolan even after his dismissal from the club. He was heavily rumored to have been involved in the discussions over All-Star Weekend to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, and was part of the deciding factor in Dolan's decision to "give up the farm" in the deal in order to insure they acquired Melo as soon as possible. Stoudemire working out there is likely just a convenient option for him, given its sunny location and facilities, but it's also a sign that Thomas is never far from the Knicks, as he continues to hover while the Knicks seek out a new GM.

But the more eye-opening information regards the Knicks' top free agency target of 2012, not 2010. The Post reports that Dolan is actively working with Thomas, who is not under contract with the Knicks (the league ruled it would be a violation for a head coach of an NCAA team to be on contract with an NBA team), to court Chris Paul. From the Post:  
Plus, Isiah continues to share a close relationship with some of the league's top players. That would include Carmelo Anthony, Amare and more importantly, Chris Paul.

This is the reason James Dolan continues to lean on Isiah for advice, even though Isiah doesnt have an official position with the Knicks. If he did, Isiah would be in violation of NBA bylaws for having contact with players during the lockout.

Isiah played a role in the Knicks signing Amare two summers ago and he played a role in the Melo trade. He's now working behind the scenes to help the Knicks land Chris Paul.
via Knicks Amare Stoudemire works out at FIU, where former Knicks president Isiah Thomas is head coach

The report, if accurate, is alarming for all kinds of people. Knicks fans have to be concerned because this just puts Thomas closer to the organization and further opens the possibility of Thomas returning to the role of GM, despite Thomas' denials. Hornets fans have to be concerned with another team actively working to recruit their star player before free agency begins. The league has to be concerned on two fronts, from a tampering aspect and from a team working through back channels to communicate with a player through free agency. And Chris Paul has to be worried that Isiah Thomas has his cell phone number. Okay, not really, Thomas is respected by the players. 

In reality, it's possible this is more of the same rumors and innuendo that have linked Thomas with the Knicks and Paul for years.  But if Dolan is still pursuing a three-man team-up of Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Amar'e Stoudemire, how is he going to feel about a hard cap which may restrict his ability to sign all three? These are the kinds of questions we're trying to navigate in an uncertain apocalyptic lockout landscape. 
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 11:16 am
 

Melo's phones stolen at exhibition

By Matt Moore

When Carmelo Anthony's Team Melo featuring friends LeBron James and Chris Paul defeated the Goodman League team starring Kevin Durant, it should have been a pretty good day for Melo. Won the exhibition, did something good for his hometown, hung out with some friends, it was a win-win day. Until afterwards. From the New York Post:
Anthony’s two cellphones were stolen by an unidentified attendee after the competition. “Fans bum-rushed the court to get close to the guys after the game,” a source told Page Six. “Carmelo’s phones were stolen during all of the chaos.”
via Carmelo Anthony’s phones were stolen at a charity event in Baltimore - NYPOST.com

That's just bad all over. So if offensive tweets start showing up on Anthony's account, we'll know what happened, and he'll have actually been hacked this time. Jokes aside, there's a lot of sensitive information on those phones and we hope no one is harmed by the theft. 

Unless of course, the thiefs want to call up Billy Hunter repeatedly and ask him why a grown man continues to go by "Billy." That would be okay, provided they turned themselves in immediately afterwards.

Here's another question. Have these guys seen Melo out before? For the uninitiated, each time I've seen Melo out in public, he's been accompanied by two of the largest men I've ever seen who acted as bodyguards. They were like houses with necks. And this is the guy you want to steal from? Perhaps you should reconsider that criminal mastermind career choice.

(HT: PBT
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Justin Bieber hoops with CP3, Durant and Melo

Posted by Royce Young



Justin Bieber took a break this weekend crossing over Steve Nash and singing songs that make 13-year-old girls cry on command to play in Ludacris' charity All-Star game in Atlanta.

And while Bieber was able to sneak into the highlight mix of the game, it was mainly just him running aimlessly around the court while Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, Chris Paul, Brandon Jennings and Josh Selby put together another nasty reel of dunks.

So it's not so much about Bieber this time. That is, unless you're a 13-year-old girl. Enjoy yet another random NBA hoop mix from a summer full of random NBA hoop mixes.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 11:22 am
 

Video: Melo, Wade, CP3 'dance-off' badly

By Matt Moore

NBA players are making as many stops in China each summer as they can. It's a still-untapped market for sponsorships, branding, business opportunities, and Nike has pumped a world of money into the country. So you see a lot of weird things, like pandas and the like. You also see a lot of silly things, like this "dance-off" with Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony against a group of kids in Beiijing. 

 

Not much of a dance-off, right? At least Chris Paul got on the floor at the end there. But turning your backs on the dudes? That's just cold. I mean, not "forcing a trade from the franchise who drafted you and built their dreams around you" cold, but pretty chilly.

(HT: NESN
 
 
 
 
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