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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Chris Paul

Chris Paul says he was spit on by Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul is not known for getting into physical fights on the court, so you know something had to be different about Saturday’s incident to set him off. And we know what it was.

Paul claims that he was spit on by Rajon Rondo. CP3 feeling spit on led him to stick his hand in Rondo’s face, leading to a punch from Rondo that set off counter-punches from Paul and a flying punch from Brandon Ingram.

This close-up seems to show Paul closing his eyes, as if he were spit on.

Many Rockets backed up Paul after the game, saying he was spit on.

The NBA reviewed video and did not find evidence Rondo spit on CP3. It’s possible that some spit ended up on CP3 during the heat of the moment, but there did not seem to be an intentional spit. The lack of evidence of a clear spit from Rondo could be a factor in the evaluation of penalties handed out.

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram ejected for throwing punches in fight

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram were all ejected from Saturday night’s Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers game after throwing punches during a fight in the fourth quarter.

The incident began when James Harden bowled into Ingram as he was going to the basket. Ingram shoved Harden as the Rockets guard was complaining to the referee.

Then CP3 and Rondo got into it, with Rondo throwing the first punch and CP3 responding with a punch of his own. Ingram then came in and threw a punch as well.

All three players should expect to be suspended by the NBA for their inappropriate violence.

Report: Key Rockets star pushing for Carmelo Anthony acquisition

Carmelo Anthony

It’s no real surprise that one of Carmelo Anthony’s close friends is pushing his team to sign him, but it’s not LeBron James.

According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul is urging his team to try to acquire Anthony, as the two players are known to be very close.

As Schultz notes, Anthony also wants to play with James, but the Lakers’ level of interest isn’t clear at this point. There are also questions as to what sort of role Anthony will have, or be willing to accept. That could ultimately determine his destination. He won’t have any shortage of friends who would be happy to play with him, though.

Chris Paul to sign $160 million deal with Rockets

Chris Paul Rockets

So much for the reports about tension between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets.

CP3 will sign a four-year, $160 million deal with the Rockets, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The expectation always was that Paul would return to Houston given all the success the team enjoyed last season. Despite his injuries, the Rockets had the best record in the NBA during the regular season and pushed the Warriors to a seventh game in the conference finals.

Had Paul not gotten injured during the series, it’s quite plausible that the Rockets would have won it all.

Although Paul is 33 and will probably be overpaid in the last few years of his deal, this is a move the Rockets felt they had to do in order to have the best chance at competing for a championship next year and the year after.

10 big-name NBA players who could change teams this summer

LeBron James

The NBA is on fire right now, and it’s been undefeated since a for-the-ages 2017 offseason. In addition to a flurry of open-market transactions, a number of stars changed teams via trade, fundamentally shifting the league’s power dynamics.

Indiana shipped Paul George to Oklahoma City. The Clippers sent Chris Paul to Houston. Chicago traded disgruntled Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

Which stars could be on the move this offseason? Here is our perspective on 10 who could change uniforms.

10. Markelle Fultz

The 2017 No. 1 overall pick had an up-and-down rookie season. After struggling with a shoulder injury and re-learning how to shoot (for a good breakdown of that strange situation, read this piece from PhillyVoice), he played in 14 games and showed glimpses of brilliance. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. The 20-year-old flashed the uncanny speed, change of pace, and athleticism that wowed draft scouts. His stock is low at the moment, but his upside is huge. He could be a central figure in Philly’s efforts to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

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Chris Paul, Rockets execs mock report about ‘tension’ over contract

Chris Paul Rockets

If Chris Paul and members of the Houston Rockets’ front office are experiencing “tension” over the star point guard’s contract situation, they are doing a tremendous job of hiding it.

Paul was spotted hanging out with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and CEO Tad Brown during the NBA Awards Show on Monday night, and ESPN’s Rachel Nichols sarcastically asked him, ‘So these are the people you hate, right?” The trio shared a good laugh and some high-fives.

“I can’t stand them, man,” Paul said. “Ain’t we beefing?”

Last week, Chris Broussard of FOX Sports described a situation where Paul initially believed he was in line for a max contract extension this summer, but the Rockets are having second thoughts. While Paul, Morey and Brown could be great actors, it doesn’t seem like that is the case.

For what it’s worth, one report says Paul is focused on one thing and one thing only this offseason, and it has nothing to do with his contract.

Twitter reacts to Chris Paul losing to Steph Curry on ‘Family Feud’

Chris Paul shimmy

Poor Chris Paul can’t even beat Stephen Curry when it comes to game shows.

The two NBA stars appeared Sunday on an episode of ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” as they led their respective families in competition against one another.

Once again, Curry’s team got the better of Paul’s team, thanks to a dominant “Fast Money” round by Curry’s wife Ayesha. She racked up 194 of the 200 points required to clinch the victory, and Steph easily got the remaining six.

It was a result that led to some funny jokes on Twitter, some mocking Paul for losing to Curry again and others clowning Curry for getting carried to the win.

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