DanPatrick.com - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul joined the show to talk about his season and more.
Paul said he never talked to Kevin Garnett near the trade deadline and claimed he had no issue with not getting them and he still has faith in his team.
Dan asked today’s poll question – would you rather score 54 points in a loss like Steph Curry last night or hit the game-winner. Paul said that he knows Curry well and Curry wanted to win.
Dan also asked Paul which is harder, throwing an alley-oop pass or finishing the dunk. Paul actually said the dunking part is harder.
Paul talked about the celebrities at the Clippers games. He said he’s too dialed in on the game and doesn’t notice anyone. He does talk to Billy Crystal at Clippers games and Jack Nicholson when they play the Lakers, but that’s it.
Interestingly, Paul said he was more into football at one point of his athletic career, but it got too cold on Friday nights.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ By moving the ball and creating quality shots, Southern California cruised to one of its best wins in years.
Eric Wise scored 22 points to lead five Trojans players in double figures, propelling USC to an 89-78 victory over No. 11 Arizona on Wednesday night.
Southern California (13-15, 8-7 Pac-12) shot 33 for 54 from the field, led by Wise's 9 for 12. Byron Wesley added 18 points, J.T. Terrell had 14 and Jio Fontan scored 12 with nine assists. Aaron Fuller also had 12 points.
It was USC's first win over a ranked team since it beat then-No. 10 Arizona two years ago.
``It's a tremendous victory for the team and for the program,'' interim coach Bob Cantu said. ``We played for 40 minutes, we got stops when we needed and we shot the ball really, really well. We shot 61 percent, which was big-time against a tremendous team. I believe Arizona's a team that can be in the Final Four, without any question. Tonight was our night.''
Solomon Hill led Arizona (23-5, 11-5) with 21 points and Kevin Parrom had 16. It was the Wildcats' first loss to USC in five meetings.
``Our offense, although not perfect, we got to the foul line 30 times,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ``I think we had 13 turnovers, and although you would like to have less than that, it wasn't really a problem.
``We had some 3s that didn't go in, but when you look at this game, it was about our inability to stop USC. And you have to give USC a lot of credit; they made timely shots and big plays.''
USC led throughout the game, going up by as many as 10 points in the first half and increasing its lead to 13 in the second half. Arizona held an 18-16 lead midway through the first half, but the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to take the lead and never trailed again.
Wise was in the middle of things throughout, getting the Trojans off to a good start early and maintaining an aggressive mindset on offense.
``I wanted to come out and do good personally, because the last four or five games I felt I haven't really helped my team,'' Wise said. ``I wanted to come out strong, come out aggressive.
``I had a lot of fun today, finally got my shots to start falling.''
USC started the second half quickly, building on its 42-36 halftime lead. A 9-2 run after halftime culminated with a block by Dewayne Dedmon that led to a fast-break layup by Fontan, giving the Trojans their biggest lead of the night at 51-38.
``We said at halftime we've got to get a stop and a score right off the bat,'' Cantu said. ``We really tried to focus that when we run a set, not to become stagnant, to continue to move, and I thought we did that.
``Guys moved the ball tremendously. Every time they were coming back on us, we were able to respond with a basket.''
The Wildcats pulled to 51-44 on a bucket by Parrom, but USC did everything it could to maintain some breathing room. The large contingent of Arizona fans in USC's home gym were riled up after a 3-pointer from the right baseline by Jordin Mayes narrowed USC's lead to 60-56 with 12:23 left.
USC, though, continued to hit big shots. Terrell's 3-pointer put the Trojans up 69-58. After a bucket by Arizona, Fontan was good on a turnaround jumper in the lane with 8:11 remaining, and USC led 71-60.
Arizona pulled to 77-71 with 3:15 remaining, but USC held on for one of its biggest wins of the season.
``It's up there,'' Cantu said. ``They're a tremendous team. It was just our night. We were making shots, we got stops _ I'm just happy we were able to pull it out.''
USC got off to a fast start behind Wise, who scored seven points in the opening 3 minutes to help the Trojans take a 9-5 lead. But the Wildcats, the best 3-point shooting team in the Pac-12 at 36.2 percent, got a couple of 3s from Parrom and then one from Hill to take their first lead at 11-10 with 16:04 left in the first half.
The Trojans, though, wouldn't go quietly. When Wesley was good on a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:59 remaining, USC had its biggest lead of the half at 40-30. It was one of four 3-pointers in the first half by the Trojans, who shot 58 percent (18 for 31) in the opening 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Arizona went cold after its fast start, shooting just 40 percent (12 for 30) in the half.
USC was led at the break by Wise, who had 11 points, and Wesley, who had 10. Omar Oraby, USC's 7-foot-2 backup center, was a presence in the paint with seven first-half rebounds and three blocked shots.
Hill's 12 points led the Wildcats, who scored the final four points of the first half to cut USC's lead to 42-36.
Sacks tells Petros and Money if his had discussions with Chris Paul's agent on what's going to happen this summer: "Both of us (Paul and Sacks) have the same goals. All we want to do is try to to win, try to compete. We have a shared mind set here in the orginization that wer're going to do whatever it takes to be a successful franchise. I'm not really worried about that. I know Chris and his agent are really not worried about that. We just want to go out there and focus putting this team in the best position to succeed."
He added, "If we have common common shared ideals, everything will work out at the end of the season, but it's not something we focus on "
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LOS ANGELES--USC baseball head coach Frank Cruz has been terminated for knowingly violating NCAA Countable Athletically-Related Activities limitations within his program, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced today (Feb. 13).
Those CARA rules restrict the number of hours student-athletes can spend in activities directed by or supervised by the coaching staff.
In addition, the University has self-imposed a reduction in the number of practice session hours for the USC baseball team this season and next year.
"Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-athletes and staff members," said Haden. "Those who knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination."
USC has alerted the NCAA and Pac-12 of the infraction and the University-imposed actions.
USC associate head coach Dan Hubbs, a former Trojan All-American pitcher now in his second season at Troy, has been named head coach of the USC baseball team. The 42-year-old Hubbs previously spent 12 years as the pitching coach at California following a seven-year pitching career in the minor leagues.
"I'm confident that Dan Hubbs and his staff will lead our team to a successful season," said Haden. "Dan is a good coach, he is highly-regarded in the baseball community and he has strong Trojan roots."
Last Thursday (Feb. 7), USC announced it had suspended Cruz from all coaching duties pending an investigation by USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts and his staff to determine whether the baseball program exceeded the allowed CARA hours.
Cruz had guided the Trojans the past two seasons, posting a 48-63 overall record.
USC begins its 2013 regular season at Cal State Fullerton this Friday (Feb. 15).
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Myles Jack, a linebacker from Bellevue (Wash.) High School, has signed with UCLA.
Jack, who is 6 feet 2, 215 pounds, is ranked fourth among outside linebackers nationally by Scout.com and 16th by Rivals.com.
All six of UCLA’s offensive linemen are accounted for.
Alex Redman, a 6-foot-5, 302-pound guard from Los Alamitos High School, has signed his letter of intent. He is the ranked 14th at his position by Scout.com and 17th by Rivals.com.
UCLA was sweating this one a bit, but Christian Morris has signed with the Bruins.
Morris, a 6-foot-6, 293-pound tackle from Memphis (Tenn.) East High School, is ranked 20th nationally by Scout.com and 10th by Rivals.com. He had orally committed to the Bruins, but was reported to be wavering in recent days. Those reports, apparently, were unfounded.
Scott Quessenbery, one of the top centers in the nation, has signed with UCLA.
Quessenbery, who is 6 feet 4, 276 pounds, played at Encinitas La Costa Canyon High School. He is ranked seventh at his position by Scout.com and fifth by Rivals.com. Jake Brendel, UCLA’s current starting center, had a solid year and is only a sophomore.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley’s successor is on board with the Bruins.
Asiantii Woulard, ranked as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation, signed with UCLA on Wednesday.
Woulard, who is 6 feet 3, 205 pounds, played at Winter Park (Fla.) High School. ESPN ranked him the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Hundley will be a sophomore, eligibility-wise, in the fall. Whether he remains through his senior year remains to be seen.
Woulard said he was coming in to compete, but also said, "I can come in and sit behind [Hundley] for a couple years and learn.”
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