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Shawn Marion releases “I’m a Champion” music video featuring T-Pain


Shawn Marion has won one NBA championship, and he’s chasing another one this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, he’s released his debut rap video. Appropriately, it’s called “I’m a Champion.” And it features T-Pain.

The song will be featured on an upcoming album called Full Court Press, Vol. 1, which will be released on December 9 and feature collaborations between NBA players (Iman Shumpert, Trevor Ariza, Stephen Jackson) and established rappers (The Game, Snoop Dogg, Bun B). There’s a song that features both Soulja Boy and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, which will be one of the better songs in the history of music, at least on paper.

Marion is a surprisingly decent rapper. The album is G-rated, so there are a lot of rhymes about hard work and hustle. That’s going to be the theme of the record. And it’s scientifically proven that every song that features T-Pain is 35 percent better than it would have been otherwise.

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

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“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?

Hedo Turkoglu impresses Doc Rivers in workout for Clippers

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Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived.

When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided to waive him last week. The Clippers expressed interest initially, and followed through with having him in for a workout which apparently impressed head coach Doc Rivers.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Clippers also brought in forward Hedo Turkoglu for a meeting and a workout Thursday. They liked what they saw but don’t plan on signing him anytime soon. The Clippers would have to cut a player to make room for any new additions.

“He made shots from everywhere,” Rivers said of Turkoglu. “He looked good. It was a good workout, but we’re not doing anything anytime soon, but he did look good.”

Rivers has said he’s averse to change, but obviously not all that much. The Clippers recently brought in Stephen Jackson to try to bolster the bench, before waiving him last week.

Turkoglu has played 13 NBA seasons, and has career averages of 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 28.5 minutes per contest.

Andrew Bynum, Stephen Jackson top list of players waived Tuesday

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Today was essentially cut-down day in the NBA. Any player on the roster come Jan. 10 has his contract guaranteed for the full season (even if he is let go), and as it takes 48 hours to clear waivers players have to be let go of Tuesday (5 ET) to make that deadline.

There were expected names at the top of the list of who got waived and cut loose on Tuesday, but here is a list of all the players waived at the last minute.

• In a surprise to nobody, the Chicago Bulls waived Andrew Bynum. This is why they traded Luol Deng to Cleveland, for the rights to get Bynum and cut him loose, ultimately saving the team $15 million in salary and taxes and getting them under the tax-line threshold. Certainly the Bulls become worse on the court with this move, Tom Thibodeau can’t be happy, but with Derrick Rose out and with it any real hopes of contending this was the smart move by Chicago.

• The Los Angeles Clippers waived veteran Stephen Jackson. This also was somewhat expected — with Chris Paul out for another month or more the Clippers need to carve out roster space for guys that can help them create shots. That’s not Jackson anymore. The Clippers are going to bring back Maalik Wayns on a 10-day contract for now in that roster slot.

• The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams. Early in the season he looked like one of those guys who could come out of nowhere and thrive in Mike D’Antoni’s system, even started 11 games and put up 20 points against the Pistons. However, he still was averaging just 5.2 points a game on 37.7 percent shooting, he wasn’t an integral part of the team and the Lakers want to give his minutes to rookie Ryan Kelly to see if he can develop as a stretch four (he has shown some promise).

• Also as expected out of the Bynum trade, the Boston Celtics have waived Ryan Gomes. He was traded to them from Oklahoma City as the Thunder are looking to clear a roster spot for a bigger move and the Celtics wanted to save a little green, so to speak.

• Utah waived Mike Harris, a forward who had played a limited role for them getting in just 20 games. Utah has young front line guys it wants to play big minutes, which make Harris expendable.

• The Philadelphia 76ers have waived big man Daniel Orton, who had played in 22 games for the team this year. It will be interesting to see if another NBA team will give the former Kentucky big man another chance.

•  Atlanta cut loose reserve guard Cartier Martin, a player that has lived on the fringe of the NBA for years.

Report: Clippers considering adding Hedo Turkoglu, Sasha Vujacic

Sasha Vujacic

For one night Monday, the Clippers’ offense looked just fine without Chris Paul. Unfortunately, the Clippers don’t get to play a disinterested and dispirited Orlando Magic team every night.

With CP3 out, the Clippers need more guys who can create shots.

Which is why the Clippers are thinking of making a roster change and bringing in guys like Hedo Turkoglu or Sasha Vujacic. I know, but beggars can’t be choosers. ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne collaborated on this story.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers could make a new 10-day signing as early as Tuesday, with Vujacic and Turkoglu currently at the forefront of L.A.’s thinking.

The Clippers, though, would have to open up a roster spot before making any further signings and face an immediate decision on Stephen Jackson, whose minimum-salary contract will be guaranteed for the rest of the season if he’s still on the Clippers roster beyond Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Vujacic spent the last two seasons playing in Turkey but rather than return he’s been living in Los Angeles, working out and hoping for a chance to get back in the NBA. Turkoglu, at age 34, has essentially been paid by the Magic to stay away from the team for the better part of two seasons — he played in 11 games for them last season and was 2-of-33 shooting outside 10 feet. Neither of these guys is a quality defender.

But the Clippers know they need something with Paul out up to six weeks with a separated shoulder. So this is what they have to choose from.

The Clippers already signed Darius Morris to a 10-day contract on Monday. Again, beggars can’t be choosers.