Posted December 01, 2011 on
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Exactly a month after the NBA's scheduled season opener, players are back to work.
Owners opened the doors of their facilities Thursday for the first time since locking players out July 1. Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were among the superstars who hit the floor on the first day allowed - and promptly faced questions about the chances of playing together in New York.
Players could work out but the coaching staffs couldn't be present since there isn't a new labor deal. Players still must re-form the union, which would resume negotiations with owners on the remaining issues in hopes of having everything wrapped up so training camp can open next Friday.
Anthony isn't worried, saying he doesn't ''think they would've opened the doors up'' if there were concerns about a delay.
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Chris Paul is in New Orleans and working out with Hornets teammates.
Paul, who is the object of rampant trade talk because he can opt out of his contract after this season, says his focus is purely on being with current teammates and getting ready to play for New Orleans this season.
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Earlier today, an NBA trade rumor had Chris Paul getting traded to the Boston Celtics. The deal would have sent Rajon Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets. However, according to sources close to Chris Paul, the Celtics can quit their daydreaming because Paul won’t sign an extension with Boston.
Without an extension, the Celtics wouldn’t do the deal. Why would Paul shun the Celtics...
There is a lot of smoke around the Chris Paul to the Celtics rumors, enough to make you think there is some fire. But that is a very, very different thing than saying this trade is going to happen. More likely it is not. Why? For one, take this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN.…
Two sources say Leon Rose never requested a trade of his client Chris Paul to the Knicks.
So as feared (and expected) Chris Paul and Dwight Howard plan on demanding trades to teams they want to go to. Chris Paul's agent has just requested a trade to the Knicks and expect a trade involving Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum to eventually occur. Stars all want to form "super teams." One already is in Miami. Next 'Melo, Amar'e, and Chris Paul started...
Amar’e Stoudemire has been embracing his Jewish roots for a few years now, so this isn’t too surprising. While on the Sesame Street set—along with hanging out with Carmelo Anthony and Grover—STAT filmed the spot above, during which he teaches kids the meaning of the Hebrew word “tov.” As Amar’e says, it’s a good word.