Schayes: Union’s Search For a New Executive Director, Part II

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dooverThe NBPA announced this week that the current search for the new Executive Director has been canceled, and they will have a “do over.”

After more than a year of secrecy and controversy, the selection committee led by Board President Chris Paul finally realized that the search in its current form had no realistic chance of having a happy ending. The players were in the dark, the agents were near revolt, and the process would taint either of the two finalists so severely that it would make running the organization effectively impossible.

I have been a pretty harsh opponent of the search process.

Tweet of the Day: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Recalls His Retirement

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Kevin_Johnson,_Mayor_of_Sacramento,_CA,_skyline_of_SacramentoAn article on crossed paths with former Phoenix Suns point guard and current Sacramento city mayor Kevin Johnson Friday afternoon.

What was it about?

Retired Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson recalled the tale of his first game against Mayor Johnson back on February 26, 1997. KJ made him cry.

SH Blog: Nene to miss six weeks, Clippers interested in World Peace, Jamal Crawford wants to come off bench

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NeneNot unlike seasons of past, key players for many teams around the league have missed significant time due to a variety of injuries this season.

It looked as though Nene Hilario would suffer a similar fate – and then some – when he went down with a scary looking knee injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Some in the organization feared that it may have been bad enough to be season-ending.

Lucky for the Washington Wizards, the power forward suffered nothing more than a sprained ligament, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports

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The Numbers Say… Chris Paul Set an NBA Record

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Chris PaulDay 3 of the 2013-14 NBA regular season featured two games between second-tier title contenders in each respective conference. The Chicago Bulls survived the New York Knicks by a score of 82-81 in the East, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-115 in a high-scoring affair that saw Chris Paul score 42 points and Stephen Curry drop 38.

If you’re looking for impressive numbers, search no further than CP3′s legendary performance.

Chris Paul’s Big Day

If you’re even remotely familiar with the NBA, you know that Paul is one of the best players of his generation. From his six All-Star Game appearances to his two seasons leading the league in assists to his five years leading the NBA in steals, CP3 has carved out a career as a future Hall of Famer.

Just two games into the 2013-14 season, Paul became the first player in NBA history to record at least 40 points, 15 assists and five steals in a single game. Steals were first recorded in 1973-74.

Paul torched Golden State for 42 points, 15 assists and six steals. In turn, he became the eighth player since 1985-86 to pick up at least 40 points and 15 assists.

The others were Clyde Drexler, Tim Hardaway, Allen Iverson, LeBron James (twice) and Kevin Johnson.

This marks the 13th time that Paul has produced at least 25 points, 10 assists and five steals in one game. Since Paul was drafted in 2005, no other player has achieved that feat more than six times—less than half as many as CP3.

The player to do it six times was the recently retired Iverson.

Paul has now put up at least 25 points and 10 assists in 66 games and at least 30 and 10 in 26. In 2012-13, however, Paul saw his scoring prowess take a back seat as he looked to facilitate before he shot. Under Doc Rivers’ guidance, it appears as if Paul is prepared to be a more aggressive player on both ends of the floor.

That’s bad news for the rest of the NBA.

Additional Notes

  • The Knicks are 1-9 against the Bulls since acquiring Carmelo Anthony.
  • Derrick Rose is 11-of-38 through two games back, but hit his first game-winner of the season just two games in.
  • During the season-opener, Klay Thompson of the Warriors finished with 38 points and Curry scored 10. During Golden State’s second game, Curry tallied 38 and Thompson scored 10.
  • Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. It was the 91st time in 230 games played that Griffin has posted at least 20 points and 10 boards.
  • Andre Iguodala finished with 14 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals. This comes after he went off for at least 10 assists in just four games during the 2012-13 season.
  • After going off for 17 points and 11 rebounds in his first game of the season, DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 17 rebounds in his second game.

Tweet of the Day: Magic Johnson Supportive of Shaq Joining Kings

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News broke Monday that Shaquille O’Neal had bought a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings.

While some may question the move, considering Shaq’s past battles with the Kings in the early 2000s, Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson is onboard.

Speaking of O’Neal helping Cousins develop, Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive hosted O’Neal and Cousins at a dinner party Monday night.

One of the Kings’ players has given his stamp of approval. Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas plans to pay homage to the team’s new minority owner on opening night by donning a pair of his classic Reebok sneakers.
The future of the Kings appears to be in good hands with Ranadive and his ownership group. Adding Shaq to the mix serves only to harness the potential and help bolster the skills of their budding young center in Cousins.

With all that Mayor Kevin Johnson and many others did to contribute to retaining Sacramento’s NBA franchise, let’s hope that the Kings’ future is as bright as the hope that rests abides in each of their fans.


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