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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Chris Paul Dilemma

It has been an interesting past few weeks in the NBA. The NBA owners and the players union agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement, which saved the NBA season. It should be a happy time for everyone who enjoys Christmas and NBA coming together for this time of the year, everyone expect Chris Paul that is. You can describe Paul's life as a whoopee cushion right now, which means that when air is blown into the cushion and inflates it like a trade coming through and Paul finding out he is out as a New Orleans's Hornet to suddenly the NBA sits on the whoopee cushion or Chris Paul blowing all the air and Paul's hopes out into the world for everyone to know. Remember everyone, the NBA currently owns the New Orleans's Hornets and can veto any trade they deem not worth enough to land Chris Paul, which means only if a team's offer cripples their team, they can land a guy that may only stay one or two years, which gives that team zero time to build a team around him and win.

Logo credited the Los Angele's Lakers & Clippers

Over the past week, the public has thought Chris Paul would be traded twice, once to the Los Angeles's Lakers and once to the Los Angeles's Clippers with both deals being shot down by the league with the league's reason being that Paul is better suited as a New Orleans's Hornet. Any reasonable human would say the deals that the Lakers and Clippers offered for Paul were very reasonable and could have made the Hornets better now and for the future a contending team. Instead both trades were declined and made public causing not only the Lakers and Clipper players involved in the trades hurt, but also the Houston Rocket's players involved in the Laker deal and let us not forget Chris Paul himself. So if you are keeping score like me that brings a total of 4 teams hurt, 10 player's feelings hurt (including Kobe Bryant) and NBA fans everywhere confused and sad. There has been fallout from both trades being declined. The Lakers had to move a very unhappy Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks because his name was brought up in the trade and he then wanted out of LA. Even though Paul Gasol's name was in the trade as well, he claims he has no hard feeling towards being trade, but secretly I have to wonder if he is now really happy or just putting on a show for the media. Regardless now, the Lakers are a very different team now, mostly older and less closer to a championship then they were before the trade was declined sorta like letting all the fun out of a whoopee cushion. The Clippers on the other hand have the situation under control or so they think. The Clipper players are all young, talented and easily fragile right now in their young careers. Being included in this trade could potential damage the team for decades, so they have to find a way to land Paul before this blows up in their faces like a whoopee cushion.

It really does not matter anymore on which team lands Chris Paul, only what that team will have to trade away to acquire him. The price will always be high unless the NBA and David Stern realize their huge mistake in the matter and let the process take it course. Plus if the league continues to deny trade after trade, Paul will eventually try a lawsuit against the league and really cause the whoopee cushion to burst all together on both the league and him. So the right thing to do is let nature takes its course. Big time players will always want to go to big market teams because they can offer a chance to actually win, where small market teams can only offer a very long and good career. The Clippers now have the best shot to land Chris Paul and hopefully they pull this deal off without giving up all the pieces they need to compete. Maybe, just maybe the NBA will realize they were playing the role of Mr. Scrooge and that Chris Paul is Bob Cratchit. Instead of killing all hope of a Merry Christmas for Paul, the NBA will learn the true meaning of Christmas and business and let everyone have a Happy New NBA Year or the giant Christmas whoopee cushion will blow up on all of them and with the good kind of air.

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