Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Slam Magazine Thinks Chris Paul is a Bully

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM

click to enlarge Chris Paul flies
Let's imagine, for a moment, that you're a top-tier NCAA men's basketball player who's being looked at by pro scouts — oh hell, let's go with Stephen Curry — and you spend your summers going to camps with some other top-tier players at, say, Lebron James' Nike Skills Academy.

Now lets say that, one day, you walk into the Academy's gym and there to greet you is an NBA player and his NBA-player friend (hint: Lebron James and Chris Paul). Y'all play a couple of pick up games, James lays down some friendly advice, a video crew captures the moment and you're featured on SLAM Online.

Would you look back on that experience and say you got picked on?

Yea. Me neither.

So why is that the headline to SLAM Online's article featuring the must-see video of CP3, Lebron and Curry in action? Maybe author Matt Caputo thought it was a good way to get the article and the video some attention. Nevermind that the video and multiple first-hand reports from the pick-up game —including one made by an writer from the same magazine no less — actually contradict the headline.

And even if it was a video Paul and Lebron strolling into a random college arena and showing those players the difference between being good enough for a sholarship and being good enough to be an NBA All-Star, I'd still hesistate to call CP3 a bully. After all, if you look at the video, it's Lebron that does all the talking.

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