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Donald Sterling says he’ll pay Chris Paul, Blake Griffin max to keep them forever

Of all the owners in the NBA — and perhaps even professional sports in general — Donald Sterling has to be one of the dumbest. For the most part, he’s just a rich dude who owns a basketball team that he could care less about it. He does, however, insist he is going to make the right moves with his two biggest superstars. Now that the Clippers are relevant again, Sterling has to make sure Chris Paul and Blake Griffin stay with the team.

“Chris Paul will be with me for a lifetime,” Sterling said according to the L.A. Times. “And Blake will too. I’m not going to ever let these guys go. They are max players, and so you’re going to pay that and keep them.”

Griffin is a free agent after this year and Paul’s contract is scheduled to expire at the end of next season. Both will obviously require a max contract extension — which this year for Griffin would be a five-year, $95 million deal — but keeping two young superstars would give the Clippers the core they need for years to come.

As for whether or not it will actually happen, we all know it’s not that simple. When you have someone who has been known to do ridiculous things like this running the show, even the simplest matters can become complicated.

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Chris Paul wearing protective mask for broken nose (Picture)

Kobe Bryant isn’t the only All-Star in LA who’s wearing a protective mask these days. Clippers point guard Chris Paul was wearing one for his team’s game against the Warriors Sunday.

Paul sustained a nasal fracture in the first quarter of Friday’s win over the Spurs, according to the team. The fracture didn’t stop him from scoring 36 points and dishing 11 assists, but the question is how he’ll perform with the mask. Let’s just hope he’s learned from Kobe and won’t mess with a black mask.

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Mark Cuban blasts NBA for making the Chris Paul trade

Aside from the Clippers and the teams that did not want to see the Lakers improve, there were very few people who were pleased with the way the NBA handled the Chris Paul trade. Paul forced his way out of New Orleans, which is precisely the type of thing the league has been trying to put a stop to. Not only that, but he forced his way off of a team that happens to be owned by the NBA. The always-outspoken Mark Cuban thought the entire situation was embarrassing.

“I don’t think it was about the Lakers, per se,” Cuban said Monday according to the Star-Telegram. “I think it was just the way they did the deal, which was ridiculous.

“I don’t think it was about which team. I think it was the fact that, even with the Clippers, we just went through this whole (new collective bargaining agreement) and said the incumbent team still has the advantage and then the team the league owns (fades) out, and look how it’s worked out for them.”

When David Stern rejected the initial trade, it appeared as though he was simply trying to keep Paul on the Hornets so that they wouldn’t implode. The three-team trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets,  and Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, and a first-round pick to the Hornets. Instead, the Clippers landed Paul and two first-round picks for Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, and Al-Farouq Aminu. Most people agree that the initial trade was more balanced all around.

“Bad management gets you bad results,” Cuban said. “It’s hard to judge any trade until it’s done.

“It’s about the concepts involved and the integrity of what we went through for the CBA. That’s what it’s all about. (The NBA office) screwed the pooch either way. The whole idea about having most of these rules is that you’d have an advantage and wouldn’t have to trade people.”

Cuban’s point is that the NBA allowed the trade to go through as if it had no choice, which is what owners have worked toward putting an end to. The Hornets — or NBA — made it seem as though they held no power in the deal in the end.

Chris Paul Calls Pau Gasol Soft, Gets His Head Patted (Video)

The Lakers beat the Clippers Wednesday night at Staples Center 96-91 and things were testy. Six technical fouls were assessed and much more trash talk was exchanged. The teams even were at it after the game.

Chris Paul, who returned from a hamstring injury to dish 12 assists, was pretty livid about losing. You could see him mouthing to Kobe after the game that Pau Gasol was soft. The Spaniard’s reaction was to pat the point guard on the head, leaving Paul fuming even more.

“I don’t like that…don’t touch top of my head like I’m one of your kids,” Paul said, according to Lakers reporter Beto Duran.

Pau was apologetic, saying “Sorry [he] feels that way. Do that all time w teammates…nothing mean about it. But is what it is.”

Gasol had 23 points, 10 boards, and got the win. Seems like Paul was just salty about the defeat.

Chris Paul Buying Avril Lavigne’s Bel Air Crest Mansion in LA (Pictures)

You ever see the multi-million dollar price tag on some of those enormous mansions and wonder who in the world can afford them? Well fittingly, one $8.5 million mansion in LA is going from one entertainer to another.

LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul is purchasing singer Avril Lavigne’s mansion in the gated Bel Air Crest community according to TMZ. This is notable not just because the mansion is changing hands from a singer to sports star, but also because of what it tells us about Paul’s future in LA.

Paul was traded to the Clippers in December and is only guaranteed to remain with the team this season (though he has said he will pick up his option for next season). After that, he becomes a free agent. If he’s decided to buy a home in LA instead of renting, it shows he may plan on living in the city for a long time, which is great news for Clippers fans.

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Jimmy Kimmel Harasses Chris Paul for Being a Clipper (Video)

Kudos to Chris Paul for being a good sport and going on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show this week.  Knowing that Kimmel is a Lakers fan and also happens to be extremely witty, CP3 had to have known he was in for plenty of verbal abuse.  As expected, hilarity ensued.  Here is a clip of the first part of Paul’s appearance that I Am A GM shared with us:

It’s a good thing Kimmel didn’t mention the “lob city” nickname, because as we recently discovered the Clippers have a strong dislike for it.  Per usual, Jimmy was on-point.

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Now Despise ‘Lob City’ Nickname

When he first learned the Clippers acquired Chris Paul in a trade, Blake Griffin was so excited he said it was going to be “lob city.” The phrase caught on and became the team’s nickname. Now Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have grown sick of the name, believing that it overshadows everything else about the team.

“[The nickname is] unfortunate,” Griffin told ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi. “It’s one of those things where we understand it, but that’s not what we’re about. Before the game we’re not going out thinking, ‘All right, its Lob City tonight.’ We’re just trying to win games and trying to get better.

“If anybody says it in [the locker room], it’s just a joke, making fun of the whole thing,” Griffin said. “It’s not on our minds at all.”

“It’s something we can’t control,” Paul said. “We are a complete team, and we want to continue to be a complete team. That’s the only way we’re going to win games. It doesn’t matter if you get 10 lobs and lose the game. It’s all about winning at the end of the day.”

This is actually the problem Blake Griffin is facing. He has such a strong reputation for being a ferocious dunker, it overshadows every other aspect of his game. The best way for the Clippers to prove they’re more than just a highlight show is by winning. If they win, fans and critics will see they’re a complete team and not just a flashy aerial attack.