If you thought that Baron Davis heading to the Clippers or Elton Brand bolting from the same squad was shocking then just wait until you hear the latest news involving two of the league’s brightest superstars. On Monday night, LeBron James stopped by his hometown of Akron, Ohio with his buddy Chris Paul by his side and together they conducted the second annual LeBron James Skills Academy. The bombshell wasn’t that James and Paul showed up, although that caused a bit of a ruckus at the gym; no, the real eye-opener was that the duo damn near got run off the court during their stay.
The five-man team led by James and Paul lost.
Three times, in fact.
Swear to LeBron, a team featuring Paul and James — plus Cavs rookie Darnell Jackson — won four games and lost three, and this does not bode well for our Olympic dreams, I don’t think. Furthermore, if this is the result when James plays with other great players perhaps Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry is doing the right thing by surrounding his star with garbage, but that’s another column for another day.
Anyway, the group that gave Team James-Paul the most trouble was comprised of Jonny Flynn (Syracuse), Patrick Beverley (Arkansas), Patrick Christopher (California), Terrence Williams (Louisville) and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State). They went 2-2 against Team James-Paul and created memories they seemed to cherish immediately.
Yup, whooping the King at his own event is probably something that’s going to stick with these kids. We’re just wondering if LBJ had to score 29 of his team’s last 30 points in order to secure the series.