Young Point-Guard has Unique Skill Set

Today, the NBA showcases plenty of ball-dominant point-guards who focus on gettting their own shot off and have a “score first” type of mentality.  A lost art in today’s game of basketball is a point-guard who truly knows how to facilitate and circulate an offense.  Teddy Parham Jr. is the epitomy of a true point-guard.

The 17-year-old from Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA) has an understanding of the game that stands out from most of his peers.

“A great point-guard is someone who makes sure his team plays with great chemistry and doesn’t fall asleep on defense or offense and makes sure everything is organized,” Parham says.

Teddy has an uncanny ability to anticipate things before they happen and is always making the smart play.  He has an ability to be a true floor general, which is a talent few kids posses.

He passes the ball very well, gets others involved, and controls the tempo of the game.

Currently, Teddy is playing with his summer AAU basketball squad “Cal Supreme” and is looking to head into his senior year with some momentum.

Chris Paul Epitomizes Disappointment

Like an early playoff exit, Chris Paul is gone from Los Angeles.  Using the opt-out clause in his contract, the 12-year veteran gave the order to harbor a trade to the Houston Rockets.

There is no denying CP3’s natural talent and point-guard skills, but overall, his tenure in LA will be remembered as   disappointing.

Sure, Paul has been a vital part in turning around a historically porous franchise helping the Clippers go from a team never to win more that 47 games in the regular season to averaging 52 wins during his 6-year stint.  However, he was never able to get Los Angeles out of the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs and was inconsistent in games that mattered most.

In a 2014 playoff game, the Los Angeles Clippers needed to hold onto the ball to sew-up a 3-2 series lead over the Thunder.  Unfortunately Paul turned the ball over giving OKC life and a chance to take the lead in the game.

After a timeout, the Thunder inbounded the ball to Russel Westbrook where he dribbled to the top of the key, raised up for a shot, and was fouled by guess who?  Chris Paul!  This gave Westbrook three free throws (he made them all) and a 105-104 lead with 6.4 left in the game.

In an anti-climatic finish, Paul got the final touch of the game and drove baseline before turning the basketball over in the waning moments of the game (SEE VIDEO BELOW).  This was the turning point of what “could have” been in Los Angeles.

In an era that it is accepted to have a “can’t be em’ join em” mentality, Paul heads to Houston to join a team that trailed and then beat the Clippers after being down 3-1 in 2015 Western Conference Semifinals.  To Clippers fans, the irony adds insult to injury, and to the cynical, solace in cliche to underachievement.

Paul was a stud in the regular season making 5 all-star appearances as a Clipper as well as the same number of All-NBA 1st Team Defensive selections and was an All-NBA First Teamer three times during that span.  This production warranted a contract that paid him over 22 million per year.  Clippers fans now ask if that money was really worth it?

Although CP3 is great at creating highlights, he simply has not delivered when facing adversity in playoffs and legacy defining moments.

BallIsLife Puts on a Spectacle

The heavily popular BallIsLife basketball organization held their annual All-American showcase game earlier this month at Long Beach City College.  It was an event that featured twenty-six of the best high-school seniors in the nation as they competed in a slam-dunk contest , 3-Point contest and 40 minute full length game.

2017AAGRosterAn eventful night saw Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond High School, Bronx, NY) take home the 3-point contest while Jalen Hands (Foothills Christian High School, San Diego, CA) awed the crowd with amazing creativity to win the slam-dunk contest.  The game itself was nothing but a show, take a look!

Bryce Hamilton is Underrated

Bryce Hamilton (Pasadena High School c/o 2018) is one of the most underrated prep athletes in the country. He has a unique ability to handle and score the basketball while also being a leader and stellar student-athlete. This kid is a dynamic player with great versatility and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that can cover him 1 on 1. #Beast