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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:03 pm
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/vuja ... ers-bryant


Lakers' Vujacic says Chris Paul used b-word
Sasha says name Paul called him rhymes with 'itch.'

Kevin Ding
The Orange County Register
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LOS ANGELES – Sasha Vujacic has a new high-profile nemesis: Chris Paul.
Vujacic’s unique resume that already featured being choked by Carmelo Anthony now includes being called by Paul a five-letter word that starts with “B.”
That’s what Vujacic said Paul called him late in New Orleans’ victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night.
“He called me names on numerous occasions,” Vujacic said.
For yelling back at Paul – even though Vujacic insisted all he said was: “What did you say?!” – Vujacic got a technical foul from referee Joey Crawford. (Then Vujacic got an earful from teammate Kobe Bryant, who was more than a little peeved that this game in which he was so absurdly hot with his shot was slipping away.)
You could see Paul did say something to Vujacic that got his attention as early as the first quarter. Vujacic had come into the game and immediately hit a 3-point shot over Paul, but Paul answered with a jumper over Vujacic as the shot clock was expiring.
Next time down, Vujacic was called for a foul for slapping Paul’s raised arm on a jump shot so hard that Paul fell to the floor, and Paul got up yapping.
That was the first of three fouls called on Vujacic in the span of a minute and a half, another source of his frustration. Vujacic wound up committing five fouls in just 10 ½ minutes in a game that Lakers coach Phil Jackson described as “Sasha not being able to compete tonight because of foul troubles and other things going on with him.”
It left Vujacic, always emotional and prideful, more than a little bitter about the defeat, the Lakers’ first loss in three meetings this season against the Hornets.
“It’s one game,” Vujacic said. “We’re playing for a championship. They might be playing for this game.”
It is true that New Orleans coach Byron Scott had motivated his players by saying they needed to prove they could beat the Lakers, but that was hardly the extent of Vujacic’s implication.
Then again, considering Vujacic so openly assesses that the Lakers are better than the Celtics, why not declare obvious superiority over the West’s next best team, too?
And on the off chance that the Lakers don’t face the Hornets or the Celtics in the playoffs, there is a subplot for when Crawford officiates postseason Lakers games, too.
“It’s just hard to play when you play against more than five people on the floor,” Vujacic said.
Vujacic said he has never had any previous problems with Crawford, who called most of Vujacic’s fouls. Without making a direct comment about the officiating, Vujacic also said: “The way everything went was disgusting” and “I’m ashamed (by) what I saw tonight.”
Vujacic said he intends to have the Lakers submit video footage of the game to the NBA office about “the calls on me and everything … I would love to review everything that was going on.”
There was certainly a lot going on in this game for the Lakers, whose 15-game home winning streak ended.
Paul drove into the lane and hyperextended Lamar Odom’s right knee – and even though a simple hyperextension isn’t too bad, you should know that this is the Odom knee in which tendinitis had begun to act up again.
Odom sat out much of the team’s practice in Memphis 2 ½ weeks ago to treat the knee, over which he has been wearing a sleeve in games, so it was already vulnerable.
Odom had enraged Jackson earlier in the game for not recovering from a pick to defend a West jumper, but the Lakers ultimately missed Odom’s defense in West’s 40-point game. Bryant was, as stated earlier, growing so frustrated late in the game that he started lecturing Pau Gasol how to defend West better.
Bryant barked at Gasol to get all the way up on the hot-shooting West, which Gasol did the next time – and West missed on a drive. When West drove again, Gasol reached in for a foul, which had Bryant second-guessing Gasol again for an unnecessary slash.
After the game Bryant had cooled down but still had some advice for Gasol, whom Jackson said should’ve gotten more scoring opportunities in the second half. Said Bryant: “He feels uncomfortable just catching and shooting. I tell him, ‘You can shoot the ball 25 times. If you catch the ball and a guy’s hands are down, just shoot it.’ ”
Bryant came away gushing about Paul, who had 32 points, 15 assists and no turnovers.
“I’ve never seen anything like that, ever,” Bryant said.
Bryant referred to Paul as “the little fella” and added laughingly about his Olympic gold-medal teammate: “He hates when I call him ‘the little fella.’ ”
Vujacic hates what the little fella is calling him a little more, I think. As much as Bryant adores Paul, this is a rivalry on the rise.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:31 pm
I seriously hate Vujacic. He is a bitch. That guy is a run of the mill role player on a team where there are like 6 or 7 options ahead of him yet he talks like he is one of the stars. I should download the game they are talking about just to marvel at vujacic no being able to guard Paul.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:38 pm
it's getting ridiculous how good Paul is becoming. The games I've watched of his this year, he's pretty much done as he pleases. I mean, 32 points, 15 assists and 0 turnovers. That's nuts
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:37 pm
This kid is so good, he's learned how to get into the heads of his opponents now verbally and get away with it. Gotta love that guy, he can walk the walk and talk the talk.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:43 pm
Quazza wrote:it's getting ridiculous how good Paul is becoming. The games I've watched of his this year, he's pretty much done as he pleases. I mean, 32 points, 15 assists and 0 turnovers. That's nuts


Paul is definitely on his way to becoming one of the all time elite PGs. He can do it all.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:37 pm
Quazza wrote:it's getting ridiculous how good Paul is becoming. The games I've watched of his this year, he's pretty much done as he pleases. I mean, 32 points, 15 assists and 0 turnovers. That's nuts



He is awesome and looking like he will be one of the top 5 PGs ever. Zero TOs is insane, he not only does alot out there but he takes care of the ball
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No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.
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xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history
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migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


True. I think it was destined, though. As in Chris was made to play for the Hornets. He was drafted when the effects Hurricane Katrina were hurting the city terribly, and here comes the young man that can and ended up changing the franchise forever.
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xbay wrote:
migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


True. I think it was destined, though. As in Chris was made to play for the Hornets. He was drafted when the effects Hurricane Katrina were hurting the city terribly, and here comes the young man that can and ended up changing the franchise forever.



Yea, Chris Paul has been a franchise saviour thus far
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migya wrote:
xbay wrote:
migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


True. I think it was destined, though. As in Chris was made to play for the Hornets. He was drafted when the effects Hurricane Katrina were hurting the city terribly, and here comes the young man that can and ended up changing the franchise forever.



Yea, Chris Paul has been a franchise saviour thus far


that'd be nice

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:34 am
xbay wrote:
migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


True. I think it was destined, though. As in Chris was made to play for the Hornets. He was drafted when the effects Hurricane Katrina were hurting the city terribly, and here comes the young man that can and ended up changing the franchise forever.


so you're saying if a earthquake hits the bay again we're going to be able to draft a perennial all star?

afterall 1989 we drafted Tim Hardaway and then the earthquake hit
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:35 am
migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


Yeah, if Utah should be kicking themselves... what about Atlanta? :wink:
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migya wrote:
xbay wrote:No disrespect to Deron Williams, but Utah should be kicking themselves. I love Deron, but face it... Chris Paul is way better than Deron. Another reason why size shouldn't always matter... especially at point guard.



Paul is better than Deron, but Utah has to be happy, there have been alot worse wrong picks in draft history


Yeah, if Utah should be kicking themselves... what about Atlanta? :wink:



They were morons for getting another SF/PF tweener. What idiots, they needed a PG as well at that time
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:20 pm
i think the prevailing idea at that time was you draft big. It wasn't till Chris Paul blew up that people realized a really good pg makes all the difference.
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