*Chris Paul may be leaving the Los Angeles Clippers.
After gaining stardom and helping to create a new age dream team, the All Star decided to turn down a three-year $60 million contract renewal. And so the possibilities of becoming a New York Knick are looking more likely.
Tim Fuller of USA Today reminds us that at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, he gave a toast, professing that he, Carmelo, and Amar’e Stoudemire would one day be called “own big three in New York,” referencing the triple threat the Miami Heat have with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
But this could all be a money issue and could change overnight.
If he waits until the end of the season, he could sign a $108 million deal in LA. So anything is possible.
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(Chris Paul scores on Pau Gasol in LA Clippers' 114-95 victory over LA Lakers on 12-19-11)
*The NBA’s week-long nightmare is over. Chris Paul was finally, mercifully sent from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Clippers, after a long, embarrassing back-and-forth. There was the aborted deal that would have sent Paul to the other L.A. team, the Lakers, followed by a few days of will-they-or-won’t-they with the Clippers. It was like a bad romantic comedy, with the best point guard in the world at its center.
Now that it’s over, though, we’re left with one absolute fact: boy, this will be fun. It’s going to be an absolute blast to see Paul with the Clippers, the perennial also-rans of basketball. Hell, they’re the perennial also-rans of American professional sport. There’s no franchise more synonymous with pure ineptitude than the Clippers, who have packed a millennium’s worth of bad luck, bad injuries and bad management into a scant forty years of life (check out this column for a good summary).
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Suddenly, they’re more than watchable. They’re captivating. The world’s greatest point guard teamed with the league’s most athletic freak in Blake Griffin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdmNu816Qvs&feature=fvst)? It’s going to be awesomely entertaining, above-the-rim basketball, filled with enough monster dunks, no-look-passes and alley-oops to fill Sportscenter‘s top-ten list for a generation.
Even better, it creates a crosstown rivalry with the Lakers, a team in transition with a new coach and an aging legend on creaky knees. It’ll be captivating theater every time the two meet. Kobe vs. Blake and CP3 – just what the NBA needs after this messy offseason.
(Miami Heat's Wade, James & Bosh)
*Hey, remember the NBA lockout? Remember how depressed we all were without basketball, and how we were all forced to wait ‘til Sunday to actually care about sports? Well, what else could we watch – NASCAR?
Thankfully, that’s all over. The NBA will be back in a few weeks. So, with the return approaching…here are five foolproof (or foolhardy) predictions for this upcoming NBA season.
- THE CELTICS ARE DONE – The AARP group is great, but they’re all getting older. An off-season of trade rumors will leave Rondo in a funk, and they have no real bench. They’ll make the playoffs, but be out early.
- KOBE BRYANT’S LUCK WILL RUN OUT – Bryant’s gone through most of his career without a major injury. All the miles – from the playoffs, regular season, and the Olympics – will catch up to him this year. Expect some significant injury time.
- THE CLIPPERS EMERGE – Blake Griffin and Co. take the next step. Expect a six seed in the playoffs and a respectable first-round loss that will lay the seeds for a bright future. Unless the nut-job Clippers owner screws it all up, of course.
- THE KNICKS IMPROVE – Not enough to win a title, but enough to win a playoff series, at least. Tyson Chandler, Carmelo “Melo” Anthony and Amare Stoudemire give the Knickerbockers some serious star power.
- THE HEAT WIN IT ALL – Provided they reinforce their bench (the signing of Shane Battier helps). This season sets up perfectly for LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.