Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In Which Chris Paul drags us all into that whole LeBron mess

Posted By on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

It's been a point of professional pride that I have avoided writing about the whole LeBronomania that seemingly engulfed the entire non-soccer sporting world over the past few weeks. It's this writer's opinion that the whims of a multi-millionaire shouldn't be the subject of so much debate, speculation and mis-guided fury. Where an athlete plies his or her trade is their decision and theirs alone. It's why we now have free agency, so that lunatic owners don't rule players' lives with an iron fist.

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But I was going to keep those opinions to myself because, frankly, who cares? But then Chris Paul had to go on and get involved.

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click to enlarge Chris Paul dribbling

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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First it started with the reports that CP3 signed on with LeBron James' fledgling management group (the same group of P.R. geniuses that put on "The Decision" which was met with resounding media derision). Now comes the (probably completely baseless report) that Paul made a toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding that predicted the two would join Amar'e Stoudwmire and create their own "Big 3."

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Hornets fans, not surprisingly, are not pleased with the news. Over at Hornets247.com, Ryan Schwann sympathizes with Paul's frustration (even while fellow blogger Joe Gerrity calls Paul-to-New York "moronic at best"), but Schwann concedes that the Hornets losing Paul would be a "disaster." Over at HornetsHype.com, this blog post title pretty much says it all.

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As a fan, it's pretty hard to wake up every day and see your mediocre team continue to wade in mediocrity. It's even harder to accept that maybe, just maybe, your team will never really be that good (at least not soon). Coming from a guy who has diligently attended 90% of Hornets home games the past three seasons with the hope of one day reporting something spectacular, I know it can be downright depressing seeing a team flounder day-in and day-out.

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But, for a moment, imagine how hard it must be to be a superstar athlete on said mediocre team. Chris Paul is exactly that. When healthy, he's the best point guard in the league. He has a top-ten forward in David West to compliment his skills and...well not much else. Paul wants to win more than anything, and the Hornets haven't exactly been doing that lately. So yea, he's gonna be frustrated and he probably going to start looking at his options with just two years left on his contract.

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So what is a fan to do? Paul has certainly left his mark in New Orleans with his attitude, community work and just overall athletic awesomeness that was lacking in this pre-Saints Super Bowl. Paul brought a lot of joy and excitement to a city looking for a winner. For a brief period, we all thought Paul would be the Big Easy's savior.

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But guess what? The Saints are World Champions and Drew Brees is the undisputed athletic King of the Gulf South. Paul can't hold a candle to that kind of success without a championship of his own and he's going to think about how cool it would be to be a winner some place else than a loser here. Hell, don't Hornets fans think about how cool it would be if New Orleans had some superstar players from other cities?

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Paul, though, won't quit on his team like LeBron James quit on his (in the playoffs for Chrissakes!). That's not saying that Paul will stay here forever (if the Hornets stay on the track they're on, he's as sure as gone in two years), but while he's here, he will continue to compete to the best of his ability, he will continue to play every minute as if its his last and he will continue to try and win games.

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As fans, that's all we can ask for.

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