by - July 22, 2010 - - 4 Comments »

I almost always side with labor over management. I smile inside when employees seize power (I have my own, extremely valid, reasons for this). Still, the AAU culture that has infiltrated the NBA recently is a bit foreign. I guess I’m more accustomed to players having to suffer through mediocrity than I am to witnessing them choose their teammates. (Punslung!)

However, many GM’s are clueless and players can’t control who they are drafted by. I suppose there is nothing wrong with someone choosing where they want to work. And the only leverage a player has is his ability. It’s not like Spencer Hawes can demand to play somewhere. You have to be a darn good player to put your kicks down and dictate terms. Chris Paul is that kind of player.

He’s the type of player that can get New York fans hopes up again (Paul has reportedly demanded a trade with NY and Orlando at the top of his list) even after just seeing the Miami Heat assemble the Mega Powers (+ Chris Bosh).

I know I praised Rajon Rondo throughout the playoffs and he is certainly nice but I was guilty of being caught up in the moment. When healthy, Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league. And he could be on his way to being one of the best point guards of all time. Statistically, only Magic Johnson compares to what Paul has done in his short career. We’re talking about a true franchise guy and a top five overall player in basketball. Unless you are not a fan of lead guards who have proven capable of dropping twenty-plus points on nearly 50% shooting while dishing out nearly twelve dimes a game (with a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio).

Chris Paul’s ridiculous handles (it’s like the ball is a Yo-Yo) allow him to get wherever he wants on the court. Why can’t he choose what court he plays on?
Besides, perhaps players controlling their situation isn’t as recent an occurence as we’re making it out to be…*Looks toward Magic Johnson and John Elway amongst others*

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4 Responses to “CP-Plea”

  1. Michael Steinhardt says:

    Paul would be insane in the D’Antoni system. Amar’e would be even better (and so would Gallinari, if they can do this and still keep him).

  2. Michael Steinhardt says:

    By even better, I mean than they are now, not than Paul.

  3. Rudy says:

    CP3 in NYC!

  4. Dan says:

    if chris paul goes to the magic, the lakers and miami better watch out. those 3 teams will be the titans of the nba

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