So the time has now come that the best point guard in the NBA (Kenny will probably not read any more of this post, but oh well) Chris Paul has decided to request a trade out of New Orleans. From CBSsports.com...
"He wants out," said a source, who has been briefed on Paul’s strategy but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. "He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players." Paul’s list of preferred destinations consists of the Knicks, Magic and Lakers, and members of his inner circle already have sent word to the Hornets of his desire to be traded to one of those teams, sources say. If Paul has his way, he’s played his last game in a Hornets jersey.
For all of you who went in and talked down on LeBron for making the move to the
What we've seen with LeBron James and his power move to help formulate the Tremendous Three in Miami is nothing outside of fascinating. Instead of waiting for his organization to hopefully put it together and put a championship team around him, he went and did it himself. Can you blame him? This is the same NBA that as Brother Kenny put it, has only fielded 8 championship franchises in the last 30 years! So, if you're on one of these teams that have horrible management, a lackluster fanbase, or ownership that could really care less if a team wins...you should just sit there and just hope for the best?
The thing is, up until this season most players and fans have accepted this as being okay. LeBron has flipped the script and is not having that anymore, and for a player like Chris Paul who is cool with LeBron and sees what's going on in Miami, to see what's always going on in Boston with their Big 3+1, what's always going on with the league's highest payroll with the Los Angeles Lakers, there are teams that are doing things and there are teams that simply aren't.
New Orleans has no hope to be a contender in the current state of the NBA, they have an owner that is now openly trying to sell the team. They are in a city, New Orleans, which is a financially depleted city like most of our cities in the rust-belt Midwest. They are a team in the Hornets, that have made some of the poorest player management moves I've seen in the last 3-4 years. Couple of quick examples...
- Peja Stojakovic is the highest paid player on the team this year, $15.3M in 2010-11
- The Hornets traded Tyson Chandler (who is in the last year of his deal) for Emeka Okafor has 4 years and $52 MILLION DOLLARS remaining on his contract. Fail.
- Their 2nd best player, David West, is the 4th highest paid and they can't sign him.
- James Posey is getting almost $7 MILLION over the next two years to be the 7th or 8th man. Fail.
There's no hope for this team at all, how are they going to win at all? We're talking about Chris Paul, the league's best point guard, who basically has no one to pass to. If he's being a follower and walking in LeBron's shadows, then I'm all for it. He's controlling his future, and I can't blame him. Isn't that what we all strive to do, controlling our future? So leave that man alone, and let's hope and pray that he can get traded out of New Orleans.
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