View Full Version : How Chris Paul's departure could the NBA's direction

Boston Faithful
07-23-2010, 04:58 AM
Just found this article on entertainment publication CelebrityCafe, an interesting read:

Can you picture Chris Paul in a Knicks or Magic uniform?

His team is on the defensive, Paul's hounding his opponent and pick pockets the ball. Either Amare Stoudemire or Dwight Howard is running down the floor on the break. Paul heaves the ball into the air from near half-court for a thunderous dunk from one of the two big men.

That would truly be a sight. For a man that made Tyson Chandler look like a million dollars (or $12.7 million to be exact), he sure would look great with a premier big man like Stoudemire or Howard.

In the past 36 hours we've learned that Paul has demanded a trade from the New Orleans Hornets, his main reason being that the Hornets don't have the pieces nor the money to build a championship team around him. He's listed the Knicks and Magic at the top of the list of his preferred destinations.

If one of these two teams do acquire him, it should equal many dollar signs for the NBA. It was only this past June that the NBA registered their most successful NBA Finals since Michael Jordan retired in 1998. The Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Game 7 got an astounding 18.2 rating with over 30 million viewers. In sports and certainly for the NBA, big markets equals big ratings.

Paul with the Magic or Knicks would only be another major plus for a league that has been atop headlines worldwide stemming from LeBron James' "Decision". A Paul-Howard pairing would be formidable against Miami's Big Three in James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. And if Paul arrived in New York, it wouldn't be too unrealistic to suggest that Carmelo Anthony would be on his way next summer.

The way this situation plays out could change the league forever. James and Bosh started the movement and Paul changing teams would only reinforce it to levels we've never seen before. Cities like Cleveland, Toronto, New Orleans and perhaps Denver would be left behind for the bright lights of New York, the fun filled adventure of Disney World and the sunny beaches of Miami. We've seen loyalty stroll down a risky path to ringless fingers in the past 25 years with players such as Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Charles Barkley pledging their faith in their teams. Garnett was the only one of those to end up with a title, only after switching teams. Paul's situation is erringly similar to James in that he doesn't want to lose his prime years as Garnett did on a small market team that is never going to put the pieces around him.

Here's a notion: maybe leaving the team that drafted you is the only way towards a championship. And if Paul leaves New Orleans for greener pastures in New York, we could be looking at the changing of a league from well-balanced to very top heavy. Paul would make New York a top five ballclub, alongside heavyweight contenders Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and Boston. Outside of those five teams, there would be virtually no one that would have a shot at a title. But that doesn't mean it wouldn't be good for the NBA. It would have five of it's top markets all on top with Chicago not far behind, leading to major revenue streams, publicity and worldwide acclaim.

From a pure business standpoint this would be phenomenal. For a league that's yearned to get back to the Michael Jordan levels of the 1990s, a player movement such as this could get them there. Paul's Knicks and the Big Three in Miami would duke it out every year to the Finals for the next five years, which could lead to showdowns with the Lakers or a blossoming Oklahoma City Thunder club starring Kevin Durant. All the big stars would be in all the big cities.

The result? Ratings, ratings and more ratings.

07-23-2010, 05:02 AM
i would like to see him in NY, not ORL tho

07-23-2010, 06:24 AM
i would like to see him in NY, not ORL tho

me too... :D

Geargo Wallace
07-23-2010, 06:48 AM
nice title...

07-23-2010, 08:03 AM

The Knicks top the list of teams Hornets point guard Chris Paul would like to be traded to, according to sources.

The Magic are second on the list, ahead of the Mavericks and Trail Blazers.

In the ideal scenario, Paul wants to team with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in New York.

The Knicks signed Stoudemire to a $100 million deal earlier this month. Anthony is under contract with the Nuggets through the 2010-11 season and reports have indicated that he is expected to sign an extension.

"Those guys want to beat the three guys in Miami," a source close to the situation said.

The Hornets have scheduled to face-to-face meeting with Paul on Monday, when he will meet with new general manager Dell Demps for the first time.

07-23-2010, 08:32 AM
New York....please....

07-23-2010, 08:36 AM
i would like to see him in NY, not ORL tho


07-23-2010, 08:38 AM
If the Knicks make the move, I just hope they are able to hold onto Gallinari. They can have any combination of Randolph, Chandler, Douglas, Mozgov, Turiaf, Azabuike and draft picks.

Paul/Amare/Gallo would be awesome with the chance at Melo in 2011 depending on what we take back.