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Chris Douglas-Roberts is bringing short shorts back to the NBA

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Anyone who’s seen highlights of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and John Stockton has no doubt noticed how short the shorts used to be in the NBA. They eventually went away, because, well, they should have. We can thank Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, and the rest of the Fab Five in part for the baggy shorts renaissance.

Chris Douglas-Roberts of the Los Angeles Clippers is trying to bring back the short shorts look, however. He told us of his plans earlier this month.

On Thursday, the above picture appeared on Douglas-Roberts’ Instagram account with the following caption:

“Shut ya player hatin ass up & watch the Wave God shift the culture of the NBA. #MediaDay #Clippers #DCTG”

Well then. It looks like Douglas-Roberts was quite serious about getting his John Stockton on this season. I think it’s safe to say, this is a trend that won’t be catching on league-wide.

H/T For The Win

Kevin Durant says he plays as LeBron James in NBA 2K15

lebron-james-kevin-durantKevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world and also a basketball video game enthusiast. You figure he’d use himself and the Oklahoma City Thunder when he plays basketball video games, but he says that’s not the case.

During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Durant said he wouldn’t play as himself in NBA 2K15 because that would be too arrogant. Then he said he would play the game with anyone, but when pressed, he admitted he plays as LeBron James.

The bit seemed a little scripted, but it was nonetheless humorous. And despite being rivals who are competing against each other for NBA championships, LeBron and Durant actually have a good relationship, though Durant has said he was tired of finishing behind LeBron in things.

Steve Ballmer to get rid of Apple products in Clippers organization

Steve BallmerFormer Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be taking some of his roots with him to the Clippers organization.

Ballmer, who purchased the Clippers from the Sterling Family Trust in May, plans to rid the team of Apple products, according to a story from Reuters.

Reuters describes Ballmer as a product loyalist who does not allow his family to own iPhones. The 58-year-old Michigan native is going to try to do the same with the team’s players and coaches.

“Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer told Reuters.

“And [Coach Doc Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season.”

I wonder if Doc said that to Ballmer as a joke, only to be told that it was actually a real goal. Then again, Ballmer is the largest individual shareholder of Microsoft, so people probably understand why he feels so strongly about the company.

H/T Deadspin

Rex Chapman allegedly stealing Apple products caught on video

Rex-Chapman-stealingFormer NBA player and Kentucky star Rex Chapman was arrested last week and charged with nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property after he reportedly stole $14,000 worth of goods from an Apple store. A video that surfaced this week allegedly shows Chapman in action.

The footage, which was passed along by Deadspin, shows a man who is believed to be Chapman coming and going from an Apple store in Scottsdale. He dressed in different clothing during each visit, pretended like he was going through self checkout and never paid for the items. Chapman allegedly sold the items for cash at a local pawn shop.

Chapman is a former No. 8 overall NBA draft pick who made just over $22 million during his playing career. He attempted to stay relevant in April when he spread a bogus rumor about John Calipari leaving Kentucky to coach the Lakers. While that was an embarrassing look for Chapman, this is far worse.

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant trained harder than Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant Michael JordanMichael Jordan was renowned for his legendary work ethic, but Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant surpassed the Chicago Bulls great in terms of training.

Jackson, now the president of the New York Knicks, did a lengthy Q&A with the New York Post. Jackson talked about why he took the Knicks job, how he thinks the team’s players will fit in, and how good he thinks they can be. One of the other big subjects that came up was Carmelo Anthony.

‘Melo is known for being an excellent offensive player, but a guy who works mostly in isolation on offense. Jackson wants to feature the triangle offense, which requires more ball movement. The Post’s Steve Serby asked whether Kobe, who was an iso-type player before Phil installed the triangle with the Lakers, would be a model for how Carmelo should make the adjustment. Phil shot down that idea. For good measure, Jackson added that Kobe worked even harder than MJ.

“No. No one can approach that,” Jackson told The Post. “I don’t expect anybody to be able to model their behavior after that, although Kobe modeled his behavior a lot about Michael Jordan, but he went beyond Michael in his attitude towards training, and I know Mike would probably question me saying that, but he did.”

Phil knows that essentially saying Kobe worked/trained harder than Jorder will rankle the ever-competitive Bulls great. In fact, we’re expecting a response from MJ. But Phil coached both players, so we have to trust him on this — he saw it first hand.

[Related: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have identical moves -- see video]

While it is a surprise to hear Phil say Kobe worked harder, we know Kobe has always been an extremely hard worker whose training has been lauded for years. Hearing Phil praise Kobe for his training is not a surprise.

Jackson also talked about how ‘Melo will need to be able to adjust to the triangle the way MJ did.

“Michael had to be able to share the ball, other people had to get shots, only so many shots available out there. And when someone’s taking 27 a game or something? 25 a game, that’s maybe a third of the shots. That can’t happen in basketball.”

[Also see: MJ not sure he could beat Kobe one-on-one]

Hopefully for the Knicks’ sake, ‘Melo recognizes that. He’s already said he’s looking forward to being able to share the scoring burden.

Other good nuggets from the interview were that Jackson believes the Knicks are a playoff team, though he hasn’t visualized them winning a championship yet. He also thinks the controversial JR Smith might be a little like Dennis Rodman in terms of personality.

As for the Knicks … they’re not that far away from being a low-level playoff team … but it’s equally likely they finish outside the top eight in the East just like last season.

H/T Slam

Celtics owner: Rajon Rondo is stubborn, possibly uncoachable

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo is a strong-willed, hard-headed basketball player who is not easy to coach. That’s pretty common knowledge. It’s just a little different when an owner says it.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was a guest on WBZ-TV’s “Sports Final Overtime” Sunday and talked about Rondo as a player. He says he wants Rondo to remain with the team in the future and praised the point guard, but he did question how coachable the team leader is.

Here is a transcription of Grousbek’s comments via Boston.com:

“He’s super stubborn,” Grousbeck said of Rondo. “I don’t know how coachable he really is.

“I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’ It’s hard with him,” Grousbeck continued.

This meshes with the notion that Doc Rivers had extreme difficulties dealing with Rondo. There have even been suggestions that Doc was motivated to leave Boston for the Clippers at least partially due to the struggles coaching Rondo.

At least for now, Brad Stevens and other Celtics leaders say they want Rondo back with the team, but who knows if that will stick. Rondo supposedly has told the team he wants to be traded, and they may be willing to do that if they can get the right return.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Paul George ripped by judge for being deadbeat dad

Paul George PacersPaul George has been trying to prove for the past several months that he is not the father of a 5-month-old baby whose mother is a former stripper. The woman, Daniela Rajic, claimed when she was seven months pregnant that George is the father. The Indiana Pacers star has not ruled out that the child is his, but it seems clear he plans to do nothing until there is proof.

While the case has been dragged out and there has not yet been a paternity test, the New York Post reports that a Manhattan judge “slammed” George in court recently for doing all he can to avoid taking responsibility for the child.

“Even though it is all but certain that [George] is the father of the 5-month-old baby girl at the center of this case, he has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions,” Justice Matthew Cooper reportedly wrote in his ruling.

A previous report indicated that George offered Rajic $1 million to not have the baby, though George has vehemently denied that claim.

George’s legal team has delayed the paternity ruling by asking that the case be moved to federal court and then starting a competing preceding in Florida when that request was denied. While Cooper noted that the couple first slept together at a hotel in Miami, the child was allegedly conceived in California and born in New York. The paternity ruling has to come from the state where the child was born.

Rajic’s lawyer said his client was “gratified” by Cooper’s ruling. If it turns out that George is the father of the child, he’s going to look pretty bad for going to these lengths to prove he is not.