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Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:01 pm

Chris Paul back at practice after concussion

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul returned to practice on Thursday after suffering a concussion on Sunday. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Back on Sunday, we noted that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul suffered a concussion against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Thursday, the Times-Picayune reported that Paul returned to participate in the team's non-contract practice and that coach Monty Williams said Paul would undergo testing on Friday to determine whether he is ready to return to the court.
 "We went through some offensive stuff and got a lot of shots, but we didn't do anything physical today," Williams said. "I just thought it would be prudent to get away from beating up on each other, and off that long road trip (last week), I just felt we needed a day to get acclimated to being at home. Today was a short day where we just walked through some things, got a ton of shots up and (Paul) participated in everything."
Williams said Paul was scheduled to undergo another neurological exam on Friday to determine whether he'd get clearance to play against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
"The test is scheduled for Friday and after that they can make a better evaluation," said Williams.
So far, Paul has missed Monday's loss to the Chicago Bulls and a dramatic win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Hornets next play on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings. The Hornets are currently the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, with a record of 38-29, 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies.

On Wednesday, the NBA confirmed that it was considering adding a league-wide policy with regard to treating concussions, as six players in the last month have missed time due to concussions. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:14 am

NBA to add official policy on concussions?

The NBA is considering a formal policy on how the league handles concussions. Posted by Ben Golliver.

No one could forget the scary scene in Cleveland on Sunday night, when New Orleans point guard Chris Paul had to be carted off on a stretcher of the court and taken to the hospital after suffering a concussion. 

The scariest thing about that scene? It happens more often than we realize.

The Associated Press reports that six NBA players in the last month have missed time due to concussions and that, as a result, the NBA has confirmed it is considering instituting a mandated policy for how teams should handle players in that situation prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. 
The NBA is consulting with an independent neurologist and may establish a league-wide policy for handling concussions by next season, The Associated Press has learned. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the discussions Tuesday.
"The NBA Team Physicians Society has been studying the issue of concussion management for several years and each team follows its own treatment and return-to-play protocols," he said. "In addition, the league is working with a consulting neurologist concerning the possible adoption of a league-wide protocol."
The NBA and the players' union say they are tracking the number of head hits. Frank declined to name the neurologist involved with the league, but said they've been working on the issue extensively this season.
The NBA makes some pretty poor decisions, such as selling out its dunk contest to a manufacturer of cheap automobiles. But this is not only an excellent idea, it's really past due. 

The biggest issue with concussions is that players often aren't sure exactly what happened, and their first instinct is to chalk it up to their bell getting rung and to try to continue playing. Coaches, similarly, are more likely to defer to a player's judgment if he feels he can or can't go. NBA trainers are almost always on the spot immediately when a player hits the ground, but league protocal often allows players to shake the cobwebs out and remain in the game. Are there concussed players slipping through the cracks? It sure seems like a fairly easy thing to happen, even with the protections that are currently in place.

Concussions are not the most common occurrence during an NBA season, especially compared to full-contact sports, but they're certainly common enough for a formal policy. This is a classic "nothing to lose, everything to gain" situation and the league deserves applause for acting on the issue.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:44 am

Chris Paul suffers concussion

Chris Paul injures his head in collision with Cavaliers' Ramon Sessions, taken off floor on stretcher in neck brace. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 10:27 p.m. EST: A Hornets release says that Paul was placed on the stretcher as a precaution after complaining of neck pain. Tests results at the hospital were negative, and he has been diagnosed with a concussion.  He has been released, rejoined the team and is listed as "out." We'll keep you updated on his status for the Hornets going forward. 

Updated 8:56 p.m. EST: Chris Paul's older brother informs fans on Twitter that Paul's "ok." He says that Paul wanted to get off the stretcher and play. Everything's looking good for this situation. 

Update 8:41 p.m. EST: Ken Berger of reports that per a Hornets spokesperson, Paul did not lose feeling in his extremities due to the injury, another encouraging sign. The injury has been described as a head injury.

Update 8:29 p.m. EST : Paul was taken to the hospital but is responsive and aware of his surroundings. All good signs. 

Original report: Hornets guard Chris Paul suffered a potentially serious head injury Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the third quarter against the Cavs, Paul drove the lane, then lost the ball off his leg, as he turned to try and recover the ball in the lane, his head slammed into Ramon Sessions' shoulder and arm. Paul fell to the floor and lay motionless for several minutes. He was eventually removed from the floor via stretcher , and gave a brief thumbs up, indicating movement in his extremities, always a good sign.

Paul has been taken to a Cleveland hospital for examination . We'll keep you updated on his condition as more information becomes available. Sessions was not significantly injured in the incident. 
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 11:25 am

Chris Paul and the Longevity Effect

Chris Paul is a fierce winner as well as arguably the league's best point guard. But are his career goals holding him back until the playoffs come? And wait, he think he's most like Isiah Thomas? We break down Ken Berger's interview with CP3 for this week's "In the Moment." 
Posted by Matt Moore

Chris Paul has always been a bit different from his contemporaries in one distinct notable aspect. He wants to win. More than anything else, more than the fame and fortune, he wants to win. Of the players representing this "brat pack" like conglomeration of All-Star friends including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony, no one wants to win as badly as Chris Paul. Wade wants to win, that much is evident. He's driven. But he's also a business unto himself, and a fashion and media star. He's basically building an empire the way LeBron wants to except without all the negative public reaction and bad decisions. But Paul? Paul wants it more. It's why his trade demand from last summer has simmered into a cool and patient wait to discuss his options, why he's consistently playing through pain, and why the Hornets are back to being a top team in the West, within sight of a first-round homecourt advantage. 

It's the biggest x-factor in the free agent movement expected to occur. Dwight Howard wants to win, but has shown little of the focus and responsibility necessary to take a franchise like Orlando on his admittedly massive shoulders instead of bolting to somewhere he can get that smiling face even more air time. Deron Williams is apparently simply more driven to be happy than anything else, as he left a team that has consistently moved to contend because they were tired of his complaints. But Paul? Paul can be satisfied with winning. That's what matters to him. He wants all the rest of it, the money, the notoriety, the parties, the endorsements. But in his list of priorities, building the Chris Paul Empires comes after winning. Not just a championship. Consistently. As much as he can. He's a fiend for it. It's what makes him such a tremendous player, even more than the brilliant vision and astounding precision. 

Take for example his interview with Ken Berger for's In the Moment series:

"I think it's just guy's trying to win. This league's getting dangerous. There are a lot of really good teams at times at the top. You just want to put yourself in a good situation, in terms of longevity and things like that. Guys just want to win multiple championships if at all possible."

That's Paul talking about  all the superstars teaming up in Miami, New York, etc., a trend that began in 2007 with the formation of the Boston Big 3, and continued with the addition of Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. And that's how Paul sees things. Not in the context of parties, endorsements, fun and games. For him it's all about victories and championships. The days of being willing to wait until you're an established veteran are over. In an era of players wanting what they want, when they want, how they want it, Paul's only concerned with winning. If that means bolting to a big market to play with better players than former All-Star David West and talented center Emeka Okafor, so be it. the Hornets have to prove to him they can win. 

That's probably partially because unlike his contemporaries, even injury-rattled Dwyane Wade, Paul has felt the drag of poor health, even this season. Chris Paul is simply not at full strength, is obviously struggling. It's been evident from his explosiveness right down to how he's functioned in crunch time. Friday night's coaster win over the Wolves was an easier time of it for Paul than he's had as of late. Hornets blog At The Hive noted this recently, before the All-Star break: 

f you're a Hornet fan, you're probably terrified. I know I am. The guy that was blazing his way to Best Point Guard of All Time status as recently as 2010? He quite literally stood around doing nothing for multiple possessions, multiple minutes a time. He ceded control to Willie Green (who was fantastic), to Trevor Ariza, to anyone he could see. Multiple times, he stopped mid-drive to throw awkward, forced passes to teammates behind the three point line who weren't expecting it. Multiple times, he brought the ball up, handed off to a teammate, and went and hid in the corner till the shot clock expired. 
We got a flash of the old Chris Paul for sure. His move in the second quarter where he crossed inside out from the baseline, drove the lane, looked off two defenders, and slipped the ball to Jason Smith for the slam? Surreal. Absolutely surreal. Nobody else in the NBA makes that play. 
But that's exactly what makes this new Chris Paul so difficult to stomach. We know his game and his limitless potential. We've seen him drag this team from nothing to the brink of everything. We know who Chris Paul is supposed to be. We may not see it on every play, the way we did in 2007-2008 or 2008-2009. But it's still there. There's a reason Chris Paul is still far and away the NBA's leader in win shares over names like LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant. Chris Paul, from November to January, was still amazing, and if we're being fair, that should carry far more weight than one god-awful road swing. 
But to be a fan is to concentrate, to a large extent, on the here and now. And at present, the here and now is not pretty.
via On Chris Paul - At The Hive.

At the Hive went on to say they expected the return of "the real Chris Paul" on Wednesday following the All-Star Break, and sure enough, since the break Paul has averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists in two games, both wins. Granted, they were over the Clippers and Wolves, but you've got to start somewhere. 

The bigger issue is that it's not like Paul hasn't shown his "real" self this season. He's flourished at times. He's been an MVP candidate, for crying out loud. But for those who have intently watched the games, his deference late in games cannot be denied. We're not just talking about throwing to the open man for the assist instead of going to the jumper or floater. We're talking "walk the ball up, give it to David West, and go stand in a corner." In key situations, Chris Paul should always be initiating the offense. Always. That this has happened consistently despite bursts from Paul shows an ongoing issue, one that won't be solved with a four day break and a few easy wins over lottery teams.

And with Paul's drive, it leaves you to wonder how healthy he is. Then again, it could be Paul's simply learning what Wade has learned, like Kobe Bryant before him.  There are times to kick it into that higher gear, and times to coast. Paul knows the Hornets are a lock for the playoffs. Resting his body is really the better option. But with his attitude, with his drive, it must be killing him to hold anything back. But at the same time, that word, longevity, keeps creeping into Paul's words. Consider this quote from In the Moment about what point guard he most thinks he's like. 

"Definitely Isiah Thomas, maybe a little bit of Allen Iverson the way I go at the refs at time. Those guys are unbelievable. I think the thing about those guys is that they did it for a number of years. I think that's what I always admired the most about John Stockton. I came in the league, I looked at his steals record and assists record, and I wanted to try and break it. Man, that guy never missed a game. That longevity is something ghat pushes me. I look at Steve Nash, how he remains healthy. I look at Jason Kidd, not only has he been in the league a long time, he's still productive. I don't want to be one of those guys who's in the league, year 17, and I'm not productive. "


Sorry, just had to screw with the New York media a little bit. Ka-ching. 

But you notice that whole paradigm Paul's expounding. Wanting to play long-term. Wanting to be around for years. Wanting to still be productive when he's older. The only way to do that is to hold yourself back. It's what makes fans sour on the NBA so much, stars who no longer burst out of the gate, no longer kill themselves every single game. It happens to all great players. It'll happen to Blake Griffin. And it may have happened to Chris Paul. 

But the real question that will decide not only Chris Paul's future but possibly that of professional basketball in New Orleans, is what Chris Paul shows up in the playoffs. Our bet?

The one that wants to win, no matter who's on his side. 

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:41 pm

CP3 deems the Deron Williams deal an 'epic fail'

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul, who will likely be part of his own trade drama over next season, tweeted out his initial thoughts on the trade sending Deron Williams to New Jersey. And he didn't mince words. Tell us how you really feel, CP3.

Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:47 am
Edited on: February 20, 2011 1:55 am

Chris Paul's embarrassing All-Star moment

Chris Paul misses layup to open Skills Competition performance. Fails miserably.

Posted by Matt Moore

Chris Paul was the favorite. He wasn't even voted into the Skills Challenge. He was just entered. But during a stretch where his team is struggling and the fans are starting to wonder about his play , even All-Star Weekend didn't afford him a break from the tough going. Paul took off for the Skills Challenge first round, and ... well ... take a look. 

Oh, Chris. 

Paul was, naturally, eliminated in the first round while Stephen Curry breezed to an easy victory over Russell Westbrook in the second round.  But for CP3, the concern is probably going to be greater Saturday night at the round of parties and tomorrow in the Western Conference All-Star locker rooms when everyone starts cracking up at a blown layup right off the bat. 

It's almost as if Paul wasn't giving his all, or something. 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 11:30 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

Derrick Rose takes over to beat Spurs with 42 points and 8 assists. What is it that makes him not only so good, but different from the other elite point guards?
Posted by Matt Moore

When Derrick Rose said that this game was a "statement" game, he apparently had more than one thing he wanted to make a statement about. 

"The Bulls are good enough to beat the Spurs." Check. 

"The Bulls are a legit Eastern Conference contender." Check.

"The Bulls will rise to the challenge when facing the great teams." Check.

"Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate." Check.

The Chicago Bulls have improved in a lot of ways this season, particularly defensively. They're a more complete team, have better perimeter scoring, better interior defense, a legit post presence in Carlos Boozer, and a better knowledge of how to execute in key situations. But Thursday night the biggest reason for their improvement was clear: Rose. Rose dropped 18-28 from the field, lobbed 8 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds and had but one turnover against the Spurs, a virtuoso performance which encapsulated his best attributes. 

There are so many great point guards in this league and everyone has their own favorite. Recently Royce Young argued that Chris Paul was still rule of the roost, but that Rose was on his way. However, tonight's performance served as an excellent example of what makes Rose so transcendent. He's blessed with a point guard's skills and a small forward's ability. His scoring ability is elite, there's no question of that now. Typcially this season, Rose's three-point shot has been on and his mid-range jumper has struggled. Against the Spurs it was the opposite, as he went 0-4 from the perimeter but nailed all but two of 13 jumpers inside the arc. That range forces the defense to step up, at which point, said defense is ruined, along with said defense's mother, face, and hope for the future. Rose showcased a floater that is as good as any player in the league, often off jump-stops or pump fakes, creating and-one opportunities. 

Rose's eight assists, though, don't come like Rajon Rondo's twisting, turning exploitations, or Chris Paul's seamless extensions of the offense like it was a part of him. Instead, Rose continually finds assists where there are seemingly none to be found. He is often credited with things described as "winning plays" and "big-time plays." In reality, this is a reflection of his ability to convert on low-percentage situations.  Against the Spurs, Rose swung passes over triple-teams from defenders trying to stop the gushing wound caused by Rose's dribble penetration. The result are wide open threes. Whereas Rondo and even Paul to an extent, create scoring opportunities with the threat of their passing ability, Rose creates passing abilities through the onslaught of his offensive repertoire. Essentially, he gouges you until you try and protect the wound, then he hurts you where you're revealed yourself. 

For the Spurs, it's a downer going into the All-Star break, especially because of the defensive implications. For a while Gregg Popovich has been harping on the defense, and in a situation against an amped opponent who was willing to work even on the last game before the vacation, they found those problems amplified. The Spurs are a fantastic team with just ten losses. But if they don't improve their defensive ability, it will all be for naught. 

And for Chicago? Luol Deng played great. Carlos Boozer was solid when he wasn't getting blocked by Tim Duncan, and the Bulls' wings did a nice job on Manu Ginobili. But the statement in reality is fairly simple. 

Derrick Rose hasn't just arrived. He's taking the next step, and that's what should leave the rest of the league petrified. 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 7:53 pm

Rose, Curry, Wall, Westbrook join CP3 in Skills

Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Russell Westbrook voted to challenge Chris Paul in Skills Competition. But is Rose the favorite over even Chris Paul?
Posted by Matt Moore

The fans have spoken, and they've spoken for the young guys. 

The NBA announced Thursday night that Derrick Rose, John Wall, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook have been voted in to join Chris Paul in the Taco-Bell Skills Competition on NBA All-Star Weekend Saturday Night.  The crew represents a young field of challengers, with Curry the oldest at 22 (by only about a few months over Rose and Westbrook, also 22), and Wall the youngest at 20.  

When we broke down the odds on these guys winning, we just about nailed it, factoring in Tyreke Evans' foot injury which will keep him out of this weekend's action, and putting aside our irrational love of Tony Parker as a spoil sport for the high flying kiddos. 

Given Chris Paul's recent struggles which may or may not be injury related you have to think Rose is the favorite here. That's odd to think about considering how he's probably the least "point guard"-esque of the star guards in this league. Stephen Curry is likely the sexy sleeper pick and John Wall the underdog because of his three point shooting (31% from the arc). The fans did right in this one, stacking the competition with young, charismatic guys they want to see instead of rewarding veterans for their history of excellence. 

After all, that's what Sunday's for. Isn't that right, Mr. Aldridge? 
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