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Chris Paul involves entire family in pool alley-oop dunk (VIDEO)

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Now we see how Chris Paul got so good at throwing alley-oop passes — he spends his summers working on them by the pool.

The Paul family all can throw pretty accurate passes — it must be genetic — and while lounging about recently they executed the six-person pool alley-oop dunk. Well done.

Also, nice pool.

Hat tip Dime Magazine.

Report: Wizards not eager to move Garrett Temple, will not give him away

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The first rule of trading a player: Don’t look like you’re trying to trade a player. Keep some leverage.

A report surfaced Monday that the Washington Wizards were open to trading point guard Garrett Temple to the Utah Jazz — he’d be third on the Wizards’ depth chart (behind John Wall and Ramon Sessions) while Utah needs point guard depth in the wake of the Dante Exum tearing his ACL and likely missing the season. There’s some logic to it.

But the Wizards aren’t looking to move him, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.

He adds that the Jazz and Warriors have not spoken. Officially they likely haven’t (they likely have started the process though back channels).

Temple is a defense-first point guard, which is why Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman likely wants him around. But the Wizards have a price they would take to unload Temple, the Jazz just have to get to that number. It’s a negotiation.

Report: Nike will not match $200 million offer, James Harden to sign with Adidas

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This was the only hint you needed: James Harden was playing in the Drew League playoffs last weekend in Los Angeles and his girlfriend (apparently) Khloe Kardashian showed up to watch him ball — fully decked out in Adidas gear.

Harden had gotten a reported 13-year, $200 million offer from Adidas to become the face of that brand and, after much deliberation, Nike has decided not to match it. TMZ was first with this story.

Our Nike sources tell us the company has decided it won’t try to top the $200 million deal Adidas offered Harden last week. As we’ve reported … Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign.

Harden has yet to officially accept Adidas’ 13-year deal, but the writing is on the wall … or on Khloe’s back. She was sporting Adidas gear at his Drew League game this weekend.

Nike still has LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, plus a number of stars under the Air Jordan brand — Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, and Russell Westbrook, to name a few.

But they had missed out on Stephen Curry (he signed with Under Armour) and there was reported concern the company didn’t want to lose another big name and would match. Turns out, they are not that worried.

Harden becomes the biggest star in the Adidas NBA universe, replacing Derrick Rose (his struggles to stay on the court hurt sales). Adidas can’t get his signature shoe to market fast enough. They also have John Wall, Damian Lillard and others under contract. However, Harden’s teammate in Houston Dwight Howard is rumored to be leaving the brand soon

The question is will the Harden signing move the needle on shoe sales? Nike has incredible customer loyalty and a product people love and trust, which is why they still have 90 percent of the basketball shoe market. It’s not just the Jordan name.

But Adidas needs some star power to start chipping away at Nike’s dominance (especially after Nike outbid them for the NBA apparel contract), and Harden with his beard is a good start.

Spike Lee narrates Stephen Curry story in fantastic NBA 2K16 promo (VIDEO)

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That is quality. Basketball stories just sound better when Spike Lee narrates them.

The folks at 2K sports are starting to ramp up the promos for the new season, with heavy Stephen Curry promotion. Add this to the list.

But his is a great, relatable story — we all like to think we’re the overlooked person who has the talent to make it — and they are smart to pimp it hard as we start to move closer to the game’s release date.

Patty Mills to replace Dante Exum on Australia roster for big series vs. New Zealand

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Starting Saturday, Australia will face New Zealand in a two-game, home-and-home series with the winner (cumulative score) getting an automatic berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics. There’s a lot on the line.

So when Australian point guard DanteExum went down with an ACL tear that will keep him out of the series (and likely the next NBA season), the Boomers reached out to Patty Mills. The Spurs’ point guard had begged out of the Olympic qualifier, but when coach Andrej Lemanis reached out with an emergency plea after the Exum injury, Mills jumped in.

Mills confirmed to Basketball Australia that he will play for the team in the two-game set.

“I’m looking forward to joining my Boomers teammates for this very important qualification series against New Zealand,” he said. “Playing for my country has always been an honour for me.

“Obviously my shoulder injury last year meant that I had to continue intensive rehab and quality training over the past few months. I’ve done that and will be ready for the Oceania Championships. My focus now is helping my Boomers teammates qualify for Rio 2016.”

He also posted this on Instagram.

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The injury he references is off-season shoulder surgery he had after the Spurs won the title in 2014. It took the first couple months of last season for Mills to find his old groove again but the shoulder still bothered him, and the Spurs asked Mills to sit out the series. Which is what he had planned to do.

Mills is the best available point guard the Australians could get (you can argue he’s an upgrade over Exum, he certainly is on the offensive end), and he’s played internationally for the team and coach before, so it’s not like he has to learn a new system.

The downside is he was not the point guard through the team’s four tune-up games, he’s coming in cold to a huge series. That said, Australia has real talent with the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and the Cavaliers Matthew Dellavedova on the roster as well (plus some well-seasoned international players).