Saturday, November 27, 2021

Chris Paul Unpopular as Union President + Dwight Howard Open to Returning to LA

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*Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013. According to a new report, however, he has fallen out of favor with many NBA players because he has prioritized stars, namely seasoned ballers like LeBron James, who benefit from the super max. 

Via NBC Sports

A new super-max contract allows players with eight or nine years experience to earn more money than they would’ve otherwise. The regular max increased. The over-36 rule became the over-38 rule, which applies to everyone, but stars are far more likely to get offered long-term deals that deep into their career.

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via Ethan Sherwood Strauss of The Athletic:

Some players around the league laughed when union president Chris Paul and his massive contract got dealt to the rebuilding Thunder for Russell Westbrook. Why? Because Paul’s regime is not viewed as one devoted to serving the NBA’s middle and lower classes.

“They advocate for the interests of max players and super-max players,” one veteran player said of Paul and company. “Basically, the CBA has helped the whole banana boat crew from back in the day. It’s taken from the midlevel. I think middle-tier players aren’t getting that mid level money anymore.

“I think just that huge super max has had cost. Teams are putting all their eggs in one basket to keep that super-max guy. It’s dried up the salary cap. I don’t see it as sustainable long term.”

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Dwight Howard #21 of the Washington Wizards warms up before the start of the Wizards home opener against the Miami Heat at Capital One Arena on October 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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Meanwhile, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Memphis Grizzlies Forward Dwight Howard said he’s open to returning to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers or Clippers, once he’s released by current team. 

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.,” Howard said. “Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers, too. I just think all the hard work they’ve put in is paying off now. They’ve always been viewed as the Lakers’ little brother, but they decided to stand out and be different and you have to thank guys like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul for laying the foundation for this team, and then what Doc [Rivers] has done has been great. This is just all that hard work paying off.”

Howard had a reported disastrous single season with the Lakers in 2012-13. 

Dwight has played on fives teams in as many years —  and seven in nine years, after the Washington Wizards traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies, per Yahoo Sports

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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