Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rocketson Monday with a strained left hamstring.
“I just don’t think he was healthy enough to play,” coach Doc Rivers said. “I guess in a Game 7, he probably could have played, I’m not even sure with that. I just don’t think the risk is worth it. I pretty much knew all day. I just had to wait for [Clippers head athletic trainer Jasen Powell] to tell me for sure but I honestly had made my mind up. They were going to have to change my mind more than tell me that he was healthy.”
Paul, who has been getting around the clock treatment since suffering a left hamstring strain in Saturday’s series-clinching win over the San Antonio Spurs, went through a light shootaround with the team on Monday and the decision to sit him for the game was made soon after that.
“I’ve had the injury,” Rivers said. “I just don’t like playing with it. It’s not worth it because if you re-injure that you’re done and to me it wasn’t worth the risk.”
Rivers wasn’t sure how long Paul would be out with the injury but admitted Paul could potentially miss Game 2 on Wednesday as well before the series moves to Los Angeles on Friday. Rivers did say he expected Paul to be back at some point during the series.
Chris Brown has been named a suspect in a basketball-related battery incident that went down during the early hours of Monday, May 4, according to Las Vegas police.
The R&B singer was identified as the man who allegedly assaulted another adult male during a basketball game at Palms Casino Resort, according to the Las Vegas police. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries, which were sustained after a verbal spat lead to a physical fight.
According to the LVMPD, Brown wasn’t the only man who assaulted the victim. After the first hit, “the victim prepared to defend himself and was then hit by another male reportedly with Brown,” the Vegas police’s press release stated.
“Mr. Brown has been given the option of signing a citation for misdemeanor battery, or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” the press release reads. “As of this release, the LVMPD has not heard from Mr. Brown or his attorney indicating whether or not he would sign the citation.”
After spending years on probation for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown was officially taken off probation in March of 2015.
Diddy’s Second Coming: The Music Mogul on Why the Fragrance Game “Needs” Him and How He’s Helping You Get “Laid”
In March 1999, Sean Combs, who we knew then as “Puff Daddy,” appeared on the cover of Forbes, along with Jerry Seinfeld, because he cracked the top 20 of the magazine’s inaugural Celebrity 100 list. Fifteen years later, Combs is still on the list at number 31. Say what you want about him, but with his CFDA award-winning clothing line Sean John, his Revolt TV network, and the popular vodka brand Cîroc under his belt, there’s no denying that he is a gifted businessman. Combs’ enviable success in the beauty world is another example of how he uses his savvy marketing and self-promotion skills to turn everything he touches into covetable consumer gold. His first fragrance, Unforgiveable, launched in 2006, and raked in $100 million globally in its first year. The scent went on to win a FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year in the men’s luxe category. So did I Am King, which debuted in 2009. The question now is, can he do it again?
On May 6, Combs will present 3AM, his first new scent in six years, with a high-profile appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. The fresh, citrusy juice is safe enough to appeal to a broad audience, and Combs certainly has a powerful brand behind him. But the celeb scent market isn’t exactly booming anymore. The 45-year-old mogul is the first to admit that the game has changed. “A lot of people that were in the fragrance business before, they’re not here anymore, and that’s from the celebrity side and the brand side. Fragrance is an extremely hard business,” he says. When asked why he dared to re-enter the industry now, Combs replied with his trademark confidence: “Because the game needs me.”
It’s doubtful that 3AM will get lost in a sea of spring launches, not only because everybody loves a good comeback story, but also because of the shocking promotional video. It features Combs and his girlfriend, Cassie Ventura—both of whom push the envelope in a provocative new direction. (Let’s just say that this couple make Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele look buttoned up). On his way to film a TV appearance, Diddy called us up to chat about the sexy shoot, his inspiration, and what he hopes you’re doing at 3 a.m. Watch the video, a Style.com exclusive, then read on for the scoop.
How did you develop the concept for the video?
The concept for the video represents one of the things that 3 a.m. is for me. It’s a very one-on-one time. It’s a time to have fun and push the envelope a little bit. It’s definitely an hour where you would find yourself with a young lady. Anything can happen at 3 a.m., and in the video, you see a fantasy that’s in my head of what happened that night.
How involved were you in coming up with the different scenes?
I worked hand in hand with Nabil [Elderkin], who is an excellent director. I gave him the broad strokes, and we just turned the cameras on and let it all happen. A lot of the stuff you see, like the running up the stairs, we didn’t do it 20 times. We shot the whole video in seven hours.
The last scene with you and Cassie is really steamy—what kind of reaction do you think you’re going to get from it?
I think if people hear about the video, they’re going to hear that it’s racy and provocative, but I also think they’re going to hear people say that it’s beautiful. That whole interaction has nothing to do with sex as much as it has to do with love. My concept is that love is the new sexy.
Did the shoot make you miss making music videos?
Yeah, but I also like this style of commercial. I was brought up during that Calvin Klein time, and those sexy videos are part of what made me want to get into the fragrance industry. It was those types of ads.
What vibe are you hoping to evoke with this fragrance?
First of all, I want [people] to like the design of the bottle, but just like with any fragrance, I want somebody to stop you in the elevator and ask you what you’re wearing. No matter what the fragrance is called, that’s my objective. And I want a lot of people to get laid to it!
When you’re creating a new fragrance, do you have certain notes in mind or do you bring other elements to the perfumers for inspiration?
I usually have a name first, then I go to the scent and the design of the bottle. I work directly with my partners and they give me almost all the creative freedom. Scent-wise, I usually say the same thing: I want to smell clean; I want it to smell good. I don’t like woody, musky smells. I use bergamot in almost every fragrance—things that relate to freshness but also give you an erotic type of smell.
Are you picturing this as a going-out scent?
It doesn’t have to be literal. 3AM is a moment, a time or a feeling. The customer is sophisticated enough to know they can wear it 24 hours.
Did you intend for the scent to be unisex?
It evolved into being unisex. I think when you plan to make a unisex fragrance, it doesn’t work. But when you just make a good fragrance that doesn’t smell like you’re trying to be masculine, you always have a great opportunity [to attract] women. In this case, it was made for a man, but a lot of women liked it, so it’s unisex.
What are you usually doing at 3 o’clock in the morning?
Everybody has a 3 a.m. experience, and usually it’s not the regular story that you’re talking about. Why are you even up and out at 3 a.m.? Yeah, there is a story there.
3AM by Sean John, $55, available beginning May 6 at macys.com
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