Reports surfaced Friday morning that Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have been exchanging text messages with plans to potentially team up in the same free agency destination.
Let’s have some fun guessing what those texts look like:http://sbn.to/163sURr
Beckley Mason has a nice opening paragraph at HoopSpeak explaining the ethereal and often mysterious NBA mastery of point guard Chris Paul:
Chris Paul is a wizard, a magician, they say. And those who describe him that way are correct, not in that Paul possesses the ability to effect supernatural phenomenon upon this mundane plane of existence, but that he can make us think his tricks and sleight of hand exceed the bounds of logic. But when we peek behind the curtain, we can see that what makes Chris Paul so powerful isn’t a familiarity with the occult, but a practical mastery of the minutia of the pick-and-roll. That, and an shaman’s handle.
Aside from the confusion of ‘an’ before the “sh” syllable in “shaman” (I don’t know why I’m getting ornary over copy obfuscation, but I am this afternoon), this is an excellent bit of prose explaining why Chris Paul is so incredible, and an (vowel yo!) important addition to the Clippers.
After Derrick Rose destroyed my Knicks in the 4th quarter last night (and provided a blueprint for superior guard play in the woeful Knicks backcourt), it’s pretty clear the top two point guards this year (in a league that’s bursting at the seams with incredible guard play—peace hand checking) are reigning MVP, Derrick Rose and new Clipper, Paul.
The differences between them are vast, but they’re equally important to their respective teams. That’s why Sekou Smith debated the two at NBA.com’s Hangtime Blog. So who would you take Derrick Rose or Chris Paul?
“My initial response, ‘it depends on who else is on the team.’
But upon further reflection, that was an extremely disingenuous answer to a legitimate question. The fact is, any team with either one of those men on them starts with whichever one of those point guards — arguably the two finest in the game right now — you want to build that hypothetical team around.
And right now, it seems like an impossible choice to make. They’re both in ideal situations for their skills sets.”
Smith goes on to add:
“(For the record Paul has the career edge in assists, rebounds, steals and every shooting category while Rose has a higher career scoring average and again is a bigger and stronger physical specimen.)
Again, they are the perfect point guards for the teams they lead right now. I can’t imagine anyone in Los Angeles (Clippers fans, at least) that would trade their point guard for Rose and I’m certain no one in Chicago would give up the hometown kid for Paul.”
Then he posed the question to his readers in a poll (I’m not telling which one I voted for). It’s a great question and the differences between them: Rose=attacking offensive machine; Paul=point guard maestro like Mason explains above, make it even trickier to answer. Just when I made my choice, I recapitulated a minute later, and now I’m sitting in this
hipstercoffee shop debating the merits to the wall.
The results favor Rose, but it’s close:
Watch Carmelo Anthony ball up some hipsters, Dwyane Wade dunk on some degenerates and Chris Paul take on people his own size (tiny).
Jordan Brand and Nike have absolutely owned this lock out. between the viral ads, Nerf shoes and global park league games, they’ve kept basketball fans fed with, well, basketball. They even inspired this awesome t-shirt.
The Hornets made serious changes this summer — on the court and in the front office —- bringing back only six players from last season. They added forward Trevor Ariza (Houston) and guard Marco Belinelli (Toronto) to the starting lineup. They expect Jason Smith (Philadelphia) and Willie Green (Philadelphia) to figure prominently as reserves. They hope to use the expiring contract of veteran Peja Stojakovic ($14 million) — either before the trade deadline or after the season — to land them more front court help.
If they think these are actual additions that will help them, then Paul is already gone. 50 fuckin’ points. Jesus.
The meeting went well. It was great to get an opportunity to sit down with Coach Williams, President Weber and our new General Manager Dell Demps. I expressed my desire to win and I like what they said about the direction that they want to take the team. I have been a Hornet my entire career and I hope to represent the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana for many years to come.
So much for all those Paul wants out of New Orleans rumors.
Last week Chris Paul made it clear he wanted out of New Orleans, but clearly New Orleans isn’t done with him. This should get interesting.
Naturally every fan wants to make a deal to get Chris Paul on his team with word that he is demanding a way out of New Orleans.
Brian Ball of AtTheHive.com looks at the chatter across the SB Nation and evaluates the likelihood of the proposed deals.
Paul requests to be traded to Lakers, Knicks or Magic before the season.
This is just cruel to put Knicks fans through another doomed courtship.
The report comes from Ken Berger of CBS Sports
Paul, in fact, has put into motion an aggressive exit strategy that will accelerate in the coming weeks, and his clear intention is to be traded before the start of the 2010-11 season, a person with direct knowledge of his plans told CBSSports.com Wednesday.
"He wants out," said the person, 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.