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NBA rumors: 'Culture of me' plaguing Rockets as Chris Paul demands trade

NBA rumors: 'Culture of me' plaguing Rockets as Chris Paul demands trade

It's true that the Warriors are in a tough spot as they head into the offseason.

After losing Kevin Durant (for a season, if not ever) and Klay Thompson (at least for most of next season), the Dubs head toward 2019-20 needing depth and shooting. Durant (Achilles) and Thompson (torn ACL) both suffered catastrophic injuries during Golden State's NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors, and both will be free agents this offseason. Battered and bruised, the Warriors will enter next season as a shell of the dynasty that has reigned terror over the NBA for half a decade.

But while things are murky next season for the Warriors, things appear to be much worse in Houston.

Ever since the Warriors, without Durant, eliminated the Rockets in Game 6 of their second-round NBA playoff series, Houston has been crumbling at the foundation.

On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports' Vinnie Goodwill reported that the relationship between star backcourt mates Chris Paul and James Harden was "unsalvageable," and that Paul had demanded a trade. 

While Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Paul both shot down the report, a league source told Bleacher Report's Ken Berger that CP3 did, in fact, ask for a trade. Another source detailed the level of dysfunction going on with the Rockets. 

"It's the culture of me, instead of the culture of we," a person with knowledge of the inner workings of the team told Berger. "Look at how the Raptors played; it was a culture of we. Look at the Warriors. Despite everything, they maintained their dignity to the end. These guys [the Rockets], in the most important game of their season, all they cared about was, 'I've got to have it.' 'No, I've got to have it.' It's so stupid."

Well, surely it can't be that bad, can it?

"Part of the problem is, Chris won't shut up because he thinks he's leading and teaching," the source told Berger. "What he's really doing is berating. He thinks he's smarter than the coaches."

Yeah, not ideal.

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Of course, the issue with Paul wanting a trade is that no team will want to take on the remaining three years and $125 million that he is owed, especially as his body continues to break down. So, at least for now, the Rockets are stuck with the aging, disgruntled point guard.

Just as the Warriors appear vulnerable, Harden and Paul can't find a way to patch things up and take over the West, as Morey always envisioned.

Tough break.

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Through his first 10 NBA seasons, Steph Curry has won two league MVPs (one unanimous) and three league titles with the Warriors. He's been named to six All-Star teams and has a scoring championship under his belt. He's on pace to destroy the all-time record for most career 3-pointers.

By most accounts, he's changed the way young players shoot the basketball.

That should be enough to make Curry a Hall of Famer, right?

Not according to Michael Jordan.

"He's still a great player," Jordan said Monday on NBC's "Today." "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."

MJ, you're the GOAT, but this is a freezing cold take.

How did this come up? About six years ago, Jordan was asked to pick four players he'd want to team up with in a fictional pick-up game. He chose Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy.

NBC's Craig Melvin asked Jordan if anything had changed since he picked those four and if he'd swap out any of them for current NBA players.

Jordan said he would not, and Melvin threw Curry's name out there, asking His Airness if the Warriors star should be offended.

"I hope not," Jordan said, before claiming Curry isn't yet a Hall of Famer.

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Curry has revolutionized the way the game is being played, just like some guy named Jordan did in the 1980s and 90s.

Jordan did a lot of good during his playing career, but since he hung up that Wizards jersey, not much has gone right for him. These comments are just another black eye on Mike.

 

Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!

Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

Kevin Durant is unlikely to step on the court in an NBA game this season. The last time he did, he tore his Achilles, one of the toughest injuries for basketball players to fully recover from.

The person that began defending Durant on the play on which he was injured was none other than Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who previously played alongside the two-time Finals MVP while both were members of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The two former teammates recently met up for the newest episode of Ibaka's Bleacher Report show, 'How Hungry Are You?', and Durant confessed what was going through his mind at the moment when his Achilles gave out.

"I felt like my whole basketball life flashed before my eyes," Durant told Ibaka. "I thought about everything I did from like the first time I played until then. That was the first time that something like that ever happened to me on the court. 

"I guess it just relaxed me a bit as I thought about it because I'm like, 'Man, I've been through everything and this is something else I've got to get over, so let me get my ass up, walk to the locker room and figure out what's next."

Before such a serious thought crossed Durant's mind, a far more comical one did so first.

"First of all, when you switched out on me, I was like, 'Why would y'all switch Serge out on me?" Durant questioned with a laugh. "Even though I'm a little hobbled right now, this a bucket. That's what I was thinking.

"And it's crazy how fast your mind switches, cuz in a matter of the next second, it was like I was on the ground thinking about my whole basketball career. It happened so fast, and once I got back to the back and realized what happened, I was just like, 'Alright, man, let me figure out ... when can I get surgery?'

"I was just trying to move on to the next step so fast and not dwell on it too much."

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Little did we know at the time that Durant's next step would lead him to Brooklyn.

Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!