6/28/17: CP3 Traded, KAT Snubbed, & More

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CP3 Makes Blockbuster Relevant Again

A blockbuster trade is getting us over the hump on this Wednesday.

Chris Paul has been traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets. The all-star point guard agreed to a sign & trade, just before the free agency period begins. In return, the Clippers, who really had no choice in the matter, have acquired elite 6th Man Lou Williams, All-NBA Defensive Guard Patrick Beverly, and second year big Sam Dekker.

Paul joins James Harden in H-town to play for Mike D’Antoni, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year. They form the best backcourt in the NBA, no offense to Golden State, Washington, or Portland, I guess.

The reports about them going after Paul George maybe true, however, it will be challenging for them to interest Indiana in acquiring their remaining non-all-star players. Including draft picks will be a must, and they would probably have to include a third team. I like the effort of forming a big three and I’m a fan of landing CP3. I’ll take a chance on talent to see if they can figure things out, especially since the Warriors and Cavaliers didn’t give opponents any other choice but to take risks.

Eyes will be on Carmelo Anthony if he gets let go by the Knicks. That remains to be seen and Houston will have competition to sign Melo and the scoring that he brings to the table. I have come to accept Melo for what he is, and that’s pretty much a scorer and not much else to be honest. But, hey, Kevin Durant expanded and developed his game in the Bay Area’s environment, so there’s some hope. At this point, if a team can put Anthony in a position to succeed like he is on Team USA, then they could be a serious contender. Yes, I am saying that Melo is more of a designated scorer than an actual star player.

The arms race continues in the Association.

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K.A.T. feels snubbed by All-NBA selections and for good reason.

Courtesy of The Sporting News:

Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in just his second season, but still was snubbed from the All-NBA team, beaten out by a mere four points by DeAndre Jordan.  And now it can be told: It bothered him — a little.

You know what, it did a little bit, it did a little damage to me,” Towns told Sporting News. “But that’s all right, because it is all about team success. You’ve got to win. You’ve got to win to be respected in this league. You have to do little things, there are things we can do as a team. We have to come back as a stronger team and win in the playoffs, because the playoffs are the most important thing.

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Drew Brees sees the big picture when it comes to football and I agree.

First of all, here is the article.

To paraphrase, the future Hall of Fame quarterback will not allow his kids to play tackle football. He states that it is not necessary at a young age, not as fun, and too much risk. These are all things that my father told me over a dozen years ago so I’ve understood this perspective for quite some time. Brees continued to say that the same life lessons and values can be learned through flag football. You may beg to differ and that’s fine, but I agree with saving the pads for a later age.

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How about a feel good story? Something I wish I could do for my brother, actually. Logan Ryan, the free agent cornerback that just left New England for Tennessee, well, just look at the picture above. What more can I add to that? So, in his words:

Surprised my big bro and paid off his student loans for his 29th Bday!” Ryan wrote. “My man got accepted to college, graduated with honors, and now works as an engineer. He did everything the right way and still lives with a ridiculous amount of student loan debt. The system is broken and makes no sense! I’m Fortunate and blessed to be able to take care of that for him.. Love you big bro you deserve it!