When the Paul George trade was announced, The Atheltic's Shams Charania alluded to growing tension between him and Russell Westbrook, giving way to much speculation on social media. It's no secret; Westbrook is a passionate, animated, and at times, antagonistic personality (to have around). But unless you're a lonely soul like Kevin Durant, Westbrook is generally well-liked by his teammates. I don't think KD and Westbrook have any real "bad blood" beyond their divergent interests on the court.
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Given the outbreak of Russell Westbrook, and unjustly so - PG took to Twitter to set the record straight, but not before Jalen Rose could do the same, when he tweeted, "I am not accepting any Westbrook slander!!!!"
Paul George's post borrowed heavily from Jalen Rose's proclamation, on a word for word basis. Regardless of such, NBA fans have persisted with the chatter about Russell Westbrook's inability to "play with others."
It's possible that Paul George's decision to sign with OKC was informed by the kinship he forged with Westbrook, and little else. Which in turn, doesn't equate to him falling out favor with Russ on a personal level, but PG like any other MVP-caliber talent is going to put his own legacy, above that of a middling teammate. Westbrook is still an elite player, yet has he given his attitude, approach to the game, the proper reflection it is due. Hard to say?
Chris Paul Reportedly Wants Out Of Houston
Stephen A. Smith thinks the exodus of Chris Paul could be in the works.
According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Chris Paul wants out of Houston effective immediately. The noted sports pundit hinted at CP3's potential exodus during a radio segment that aired on Friday. Bear in mind, Smith alluded to Los Angeles as a possible destination before the Lakers' brass closed in on a multiplayer deal for perennial All-Star Anthony Davis.
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"In the end, it's this: With Kevin Durant out, with Klay Thompson out for most of the season, one could argue the Houston Rockets now have a window to get to the NBA Finals," Smith said. "But you're also hearing Chris Paul wants out, Chris Paul wouldn't mind going somewhere else, preferably LA, maybe, we don't know, with LeBron. We don't know. But you're hearing he wants out."
ESPN's Brian Windhorst tends to agree. "I would never say that CP3's untradeable," Windhorst said with some reservation. "He's tradeable, for sure. But he's not tradeable in a way that makes their team better." The term and $ amount on CP3 remains a sticking point. The disgruntled point guard is owed $38.5 million for the 2019-20 NBA season, $41 million in 2020-21 and $44 million in 2021-22. Anthony Davis could take a salary exception this season; if so that would the Lakers with $32 million in cap space, several million short of CP3's current stipend.
Slim Jxmmi Announces Solo Project After Sparking Rumors Of A "Rae Sremmurd Split"
Slim Jxmmi places his Rae Sremmurd by way of a sequence of emotional hoops.
This morning, Slim Jxmmi seemingly made an allusion to quitting Rae Sremmurd whereas they had been on tour. The since-deleted Tweet reads as follows: "I am not Rae Sremmurd I’m slim jxmmi and ima sink or swim on my own." Jxmmi would ultimately put out the flames by deleting his posts, however not earlier than inflicting a stir inside his personal fanbase. Many of these followers resorted to posting "screenshots" of the unique Twitter change in an effort to convey consciousness to the scenario, and the solutions they coveted!
Thankfully, the dire scenario would enhance moments later, when Slim Jxmmi posted a "Rip slimJxm" in letter type, this time on Instagram. Next to the posting, Slim Jxmmi captioned this message: "2nd undertaking Dropping 2k19." So in abstract, Slim Jxmmi inadvertently places followers in cardiac arrest solely to resuscitate them with pillars of pleasure. With an impending PR disaster on their palms, Swae Lee was compelled to jot down a press release meant to bolster Slim Jxmmi's injury management efforts.
It stands to purpose that Jxmmi could have been saving his announcement for a wet day, however in sensing the tumult he had inadvertently created by deceptive his followers, the Rae Sremmurd rapper had little selection however to strike early. Both messages come to us on the heels of a Rae Sremmurd efficiency final night time at FOMO Festival in Sydney, Australia.