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If you say the name Billy Hunter around many current NBA players, they cringe. If you ask them how good of a job they feel Derrick Fisher did as president of the NBA Players Association, the answers will be unflattering. Secrecy, confusion, nepotism, and financial irregularities have consumed the players association. The unfair revenue split in the latest collective bargaining agreement was the final straw for many of the players, as rumors swirled that Fisher had cut a deal with the owners in exchange for his cooperation in negotiations. The leader of the players association needs to be a strong ambassador who is loyal to his players and unaffected by the power hungry clan of owners which the president deals with.
New NBAPA President Chris Paul(photo credit nolasports.com)
Well, old man Hunter and Fisher are out, and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been voted the new president of the NBAPA. Bobcats’ Anthony Tolliver, Lakers’ Steve Blake, and free agent Roger Mason were among the candidates the Clippers star point guard beat out. Paul is the highest profile player ever named president. ”We’re excited about the road ahead,” Paul said. “It was something I saw as a challenge, something I knew I’d be able to handle. It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a lot of responsibility comes with this position.” Paul said to ESPN when discussing his new roll.
It comes as no surprise that the best floor general in the league was selected to become the new “general” of the NBAPA. Paul has always accepted challenges with a positive vibe, like when Paul was traded to Los Angeles and directed them into the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. He had guided the Los Angeles Clippers into a great position and looks to do the same with the players association.
The players union is heading into brand new territory with David Stern retiring and Adam Silver taking over as the commissioner. The development of relationship between the two new appointees is unclear, but the players of the National Basketball Association can rest assured they have the best ambassador in the league working for them.
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Good news: it looks like Lamar Odom is safe.
TMZ reported over the weekend that Odom was thought to have a drug addiction and had been missing for 72 hours, yet a representative for Odom contacted the gossip site to let them know that Lamar is OK:
We spoke to a rep for Lamar who says Lamar is fine, however he would not say anything about his whereabouts.
This is good to hear. Hopefully...
Lamar Odom is not missing, contrary to a previous report, but he is dealing with an unspecified drug problem, per ESPN. ESPN reported on Monday that Odom is in a Los Angeles hotel room where friends are trying to get him help for an “unspecified drug problem.” Odom’s agent Jeff Schwartz denied a TMZ report […]
In a primetime TNT matchup with the San Antonio Spurs back in February Los Angeles Clippers’ all-world point guard Chris Paul had his roughest night of the season. In 27 minutes Paul scored just 4 points on 16% shooting with only 3 assists. Predictably the Clippers were blown out and failed to make a statement in their first meeting with the perennial Western Conference juggernaut...
The Clippers are nearing a deal with veteran free agent Antawn Jamison that could be announced later this week, according to a source close to the situation who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.
Jamison, a 15-year veteran who spent last season with the Lakers, has stated his desire to play for an NBA title contender at this point in his career.
The 6-foot-8 forward is...
Lamar Odom is certainly making for some NBA offseason drama.
After reports surfaced that the former Clippers forward is dealing with a “hardcore recreational drug problem,” ESPN SportsCenter tweeted Monday that Odom was in a LA hotel where friends were trying to get him help for an “unspecified drug problem.” Odom has reportedly been dealing with drug issues for some time...
There’s something you may not know about me Khloe… I smoke rocks
It’s been well documented that he loves candy, but I don’t think anyone realized he was talking about that kind of candy. TMZ reports that NBA player of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame, Lamar Odom, allegedly has a crack-cocaine problem.
Reportedly this issue has been ongoing for...
Lamar Odom's week just got a lot worst.
The NBA veteran was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence when California Highway Patrol saw him driving erratically on the 101 Freeway.
Odom, who has been plagued by reports of marital and problems recently, was arrested at 3:54 a.m. and booked in Van Nuys at 5:01 a.m., jail records say .
According to the...
Say what you want about Lamar Odom, and go ahead and criticize his lifestyle and the choices he's made, but I will never hesitate to stand up for those human beings who suffer from addiction and mental illness.
Given that Odom's story as well as his whereabouts are uncertain and up-in-the-air at this time, the biggest issue at stake here is so much more than money...
NBA big man Lamar Odom is fighting for his marriage, his career, and arguably his life after a recent report by TMZ claims that he used drugs while playing for both the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.A source told the celebrity gossip site that Odom left plenty of evidence of heavy drug use during a stay in a Memphis hotel in March 2012. Odom was in town with the Mavericks...
Jamison would be a nice piece for the Clippers. With the likes of Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan, they need a big who can spread the floor some. H/T ESPN
Let’s get you all caught up on the Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian saga. Over the weekend, reports came out that Lamar’s cheating wasn’t the real problem in his rocky marriage to reality star, Khloe Kardashian, it was drug use, specifically crack, per TMZ. Next there were reports that Lamar might have possibly gone missing since Khloe kicked him out of their home last Wednesday...
Khloe Kardashian may want to stay with husband Lamar Odom and try to save their marriage despite his drug problems, but her mother Kris Jenner reportedly is pushing for a divorce. The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that Jenner has taken the step to meet with divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who handled Kim […]
We're now learning that Lamar Odom cocaine probably had been going on for years, as it's being reported that he was using during his time with the Dallas Mavericks and even when he was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.Sources connected to the Westin hotel in Memphis, TN say that in March 2012, Lamar, shortly before he was cut from the Mavs, stayed at the hotel in one of...
The Los Angeles Lakers expressed "some interest" in Lamar Odom early in free agency, but they are no longer interested in signing the veteran forward, according to a source.
Odom helped the Lakers win back-to-back NBA championships in 2009 and 2010.
Odom has reportedly had issues with drugs this offseason.
It’s been about three weeks since Antawn Jamison and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers had dinner. Many of us thought a deal would soon follow but nothing happened. All of a sudden the Clippers have a renewed interest in Jamison and that could be the result of Lamar Odom’s “disappearance”.
LAC has expressed renewed interest in FA forward Antawn Jamison of late...