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Juwan Howard, Carlos Boozer, Glen Davis, Stephen Jackson, Shawn Marion, Lou Williams collaborating on rap album


“Full Court Press Vol. 1”- a rap album including tracks by Juwan Howard, Carlos Boozer, Glen Davis, Stephen Jackson, Shawn Marion and Lou Williams – released a teaser video (hat tip: Rodger Sherman of SB Nation).

Needless to say, with that group on board, it looks AWESOME.

The album was supposed to drop All-Star Weekend 2013. Now, the release is slated for the fall.

I hope the delay is worth it.

It’s been a long couple years for the players involved in the album.

Howard retired. Boozer got amnestied. Davis got waived, and so did Jackson. Marion is still a free agent. And Williams got traded as a salary dump.

Of course, the 41-year-old Howard – the oldest of the bunch – stole the show. A sample of his lyrics:

You might remember me from the Fab 5

Hoop dream Wolverine jersey No. 5

Yes, Howard rhymed five with five. Deal with it. He’s just continuing a Michigan tradition, though watering it down. In his hit “No. 1,” former Michigan basketball player Brent Pettway once rhymed Hunter with hunter with Hunter. As in:

Then in comes Big Game Hunter

Known as the big-game hunter

Shoot 3-pointers like his name’s Lindsey Hunter

Was that a compliment?

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

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Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.

Report: David Lee, Tyler Zeller in line to start for Celtics; Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko out of rotation

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 08: David Lee of Boston Celtics attacks during the friendlies of the NBA Global Games 2015 basketball match between Real Madrid and Boston Celtics at Barclaycard Center on October 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.

It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.

That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.

Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.

Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.

I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.

This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.