May 31, 2013 |
Lob City has once again become Sloppy City. The Clippers are once again mired in a mess caused by their owner, Donald Sterling. And once again, only the very future of the franchise is at stake. In an interview this month with The Times' T.J. Simers, Sterling essentially admitted what everyone already knew -- the decision to fire coach Vinny Del Negro was Chris Paul's decision. It was a great scoop, but it was no surprise. The Clippers were acting like any NBA team that caters to their best player.
May 6, 2012 |
After the Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 87-86, in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, Chris Paul's son sat in his father's lap as the All-Star point guard was interviewed by reporters. Paul was asked about a fourth-quarter sequence in which he dished the ball to Blake Griffin, who made a huge slam dunk with less than two minutes remaining to put the Clippers up by four, 84-80. "I just know I got into the lane," Paul said. "I saw the two guys looking at me and I saw Blake [Griffin]
February 18, 2013 |
If you squint really hard, cock your head to the left and wear extra strong prescription glasses, you can almost imagine what could have been a reality. On Sunday during NBA All-Star weekend in Houston, Kobe Bryant tweeted a photo of his daughter Natalia playing basketball with Chris Paul's son, known as Little Chris. "At least lil @ CP3 and baby Mamba can play together NBA can't veto this one Ha!," Bryant wrote. Bryant was poking fun at David Stern's decision to nix a deal that would have sent Paul to the Lakers.
May 24, 2012 |
The San Antonio Spurs swept the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals, but there was no love lost between Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. After the Spurs closed the series, Duncan walked down the hall to say hello to Paul and his 2-year-old son, Chris. Paul prompts little Chris to tell Duncan where he wants to go to college. "To my birthday," little Chris said. Paul then helps his son out. "Wake Forest," he said. After little Chris repeated his father's words, Duncan, a Wake Forest alumni, flashed a huge smile.
July 1, 2013 |
Chris Paul informed the Clippers on Monday that he is re-signing with the team. Paul made the announcement to the rest of the NBA world via his Twitter feed: I'M IN!!! #CLIPPERNATION - Chris Paul (@CP3) July 1, 2013 Paul will sign a maximum five-year deal worth $107.3 million with the Clippers. But the All-Star point guard can't sign his contract until the NBA lifts its moratorium on July 10. He'll earn $18.8 million in the first year of the deal. NBA executives said it had always been a formality for Paul to remain with the Clippers after the hiring of Doc Rivers as coach and senior vice president of basketball operations with the team last week.
August 21, 2013 |
In a surprising development Wednesday, NBA players elected Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul as the new union president to replace Derek Fisher, whose term is expiring. Guard Roger Mason Jr. had been the only announced candidate, and it had been widely expected that he would run unopposed. Mason has served as Fisher's vice president for four years. Paul becomes the first superstar to hold the NBA players' association president's job since Patrick Ewing's term ended in 2001.