Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA nearly 10 months ago will finally actually get his first chance to actually play in that status.
*As far as rapping goes, Lamar Odom should not give up his day job (if he can hang on to that as well).
In a video obtained by TMZ, the 34-year-old basketball player can be seen incoherently busting out rhymes with a friend about his wife, Khloe Kardashian, haters and even sister-in-law Kim Kardashian’s fiancé Kanye West.
“When Khloe’s out of town / I guess I still be on the DL,” the shirtless Odom can be heard saying.
“You know what it is / We the QU pimps / Ask any of these shorties / We ran through their cribs,” his friend said right after.
The gossip site is reporting that the mumbling video was made “this month,” which would raise questions of Odom’s current state of sobriety after news broke over the summer of his alleged substance abuse addiction. Us Weekly recently reported that Odom was “doing much better.”
He is set to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and reportedly is “happy to go back.”
“Lamar is training and in good shape,” the source continued.
“The teams aren’t concerned about the drug use,” another insider told the mag. “If he stays mentally focused, he can help win games.”
Watch Lamar’s rap below.
Los Angeles Clippers All Star Chris Paul and wife Jada just found out they’re expecting their second child together.
“Chris, Lil’ Chris and I are excited about the new addition to our family that is coming this summer,” Jada confirmed with Essence. “Lil’ Chris is already kissing my stomach and talking to his new sister.”
The two have been together since college at Wake Forest and welcomed their Christopher Paul II, who is now two, in 2009.
*Newly adopted Los Angeles Clipper point guard Chris Paul is beginning to settle into his new town.
The All Star is getting ready to drop a little pocket change on a Bel Air mansion he’s buying for oh… $8.5 million from singer Avril Lavigne. Sources tell TMZ that he’s very much in love with the 12,184 square foot property located in a private community. It has 8 bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar and 10-care garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living space. And with a $68 million contract, that $8.5 is pocket change.
Check out snaps of the new crib below.
See mucho more at TMZ.
*Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan could face a fine of $1 million dollars this week at the American Century Classic golf tournament, thanks to an NBA rule regarding communication with players during a lock out, reports Yahoo Sports’ blog Ball Don’t Lie.
Because the NBA has locked out its players, and prohibited any sort of contact between NBA team employees and NBA players (even if they are currently “under contract,” so to speak, with other teams), Jordan could face a million dollar fine should he either be paired with or simply speak to one of the five NBA players scheduled to appear at the tourney.
Among those booked for the event are Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Jimmer Fredette, as well as Jordan and LA Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.
The blog’s Kelly Dwyer writes:
The NBA is ready to levy fines of $1 million should NBA team employees (say a Charlotte Bobcats owner, like Jordan; or a Los Angeles Clippers coach, like Vinny Del Negro) decide to commiserate with NBA players; much less re-tweet them, or even speak about how much they’d like to see them play Summer League hoops this summer in one word or less.
So why are NBA players allowed to tee it up with Jordan and Del Negro this weekend, and not with Portland Trail Blazers team employee (and former Portland power forward) Brian Grant’s Trail Blazer-filled charity golf tournament pitched to raise money for Parkinson’s research?
As was included in the Portland Tribune piece we linked to on Wednesday, Portland cannot include current Portland Trail Blazers who are currently locked out:
Brian Grant — also on the Blazer payroll as an ambassador — can’t have current NBA players participate in his upcoming golf event for Parkinson’s disease.
So what’s the difference with the American Century Championships? Is it because it’s nationally televised? Because too many sponsors would feel the heat if either Jordan or all of the NBA stars dropped out? I mean, this particular tournament (unlike Brian Grant’s) isn’t even for charity. A fun batch of viewing, no doubt (I’m a closet golf dork), and you know all the corporate sponsors will have their various charitable write-offs as the year progresses, but Grant’s tourney is easily the thing to sign a waiver on, right NBA?
Is it because there’s a better chance of current Blazers chatting it up with Brian Grant at his tournament? Seems a bit farfetched, especially as Ray Allen still endorses Michael Jordan’s specific line of Nike shoes.
If the Portland Tribune is to be believed, and the five current NBA players listed above actually show up to this tournament, then we have some real — and absolutely needless — hypocrisy here, led completely by the NBA and its league office decision-makers.
We’re not saying The Lake Tahoe Five, or Jordan and Del Negro, should go home. We’re impressing upon the NBA to stop trying to win the PR war that it’s already lost with these sorts of rules. Rules that we’ve learned aren’t exactly hard and fast, especially if you get to have your tournament on national TV.
*Wednesday morning a Los Angeles County jury decided against awarding damages to NBA great Elgin Baylor, rejecting his lawsuit against the Clippers for unlawful termination based on age discrimination.
By a 12-0 vote, the seven-man, five-woman jury informed Judge Kenneth R. Freeman that neither the team nor owner Donald T. Sterling or President Andy Roeser presided over a hostile workplace in which alleged harassment occurred.
Baylor, 76, the Clippers’ 22-year head of player personnel as general manager and executive vice president, was asking for nearly $2 million in economic and mental-distress damages over his 2008 departure from the team.
More at the LA Times.