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  • What is the best situation for Chris Paul?

  • Best situation for Chris Paul is the Los Angeles Lakers, and I say that because of this.

  • Chris Paul has never been on the best team in basketball, and you may say, Well, if he were an even greater player, he would have made some team the best team in basketball.

  • That's right.

  • He's not LeBron James.

  • He's 6 ft tall.

  • He's not closer to 7 ft tall.

  • But he is among the greatest shorter players in the history of the game.

  • He is a perfect point guard by the old school standards and a great one by these standards.

  • I used to.

  • Whenever Stephen and I would talk about this, even off camera, I'd say Stephen A.

  • He must be like Larry Brown's.

  • If you ever heard Larry Brown talk about point guards, his like platonic ideal of a point guard and Stephen A.

  • You've told me up exactly.

  • He talked about Chris Paul, Um, but he has not been a top three player, let's say, in basketball and his team's wild talented, he's been on a lot of talented teams.

  • Ah, lot of good teams have never been the team where you look on paper say that team should win the championship, not even the year that he had Blake, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and and the Warriors were on their way up.

  • And it was not even that you're on paper.

  • Would you say Clippers are the best team in basketball?

  • And so if you say well, he's going to the Lakers who just want a championship.

  • That's ring chasing.

  • I think he's entitled.

  • I think he's entitled to join a team where with him on it, especially say Okay, now he's on the best team in basketball.

  • If they don't win a ring, then fine.

  • That's on Chris Paul.

  • It's actually some downside risk, maybe with not too much upside.

  • But let's keep in mind.

  • Playoff Rondo is a real thing.

  • You say whatever you want about Rondo.

  • When the playoffs start, you have an All Star.

  • Now.

  • Rondo plays at All star level during the playoffs, and it just did it again.

  • It's not.

  • Obviously, Rondo wouldn't be on the team if Chris Paul was on the team.

  • So it's not like Chris Paul just riding some great like the way K D went to the 73 win Warriors.

  • It's not quite that, especially since we acknowledge there is some other teams around the league on their way up who should make the Lakers job more difficult this year.

  • For all those reasons and for the fact that Chris Paul his resume doesn't have a ring, not his own fault, it's because he's never actually had the rial kind of fighting chance that a lot of the other players who won rings has had.

  • I think it's fine for him to go.

  • The Lakers and Ring chase in that way, and I think if he did, they would win another one.

  • Well, first of all, I think you're wrong, but I respect where you're coming from.

  • I just disagree with you because I know a few things you may not.

  • Number one.

  • CP three does not want to go to the Lakers.

  • Hey, does not want to go to the Lakers.

  • I don't know the reasons why, I deduce from what I what I've heard that the reasons he doesn't want to go to the Lakers is because, um, you know, they've already established already accomplished and there's really nothing to do for them.

  • They would only be doing something for him, and that is ring chasing.

  • And that's not the kind of ring chasing that he wants Thio be a part of in terms of stacking the deck.

  • He'd rather go someplace where he could be himself and be the leader that he is.

  • You know, if he go to the Lakers, he's taking the ball out of LeBron James hands.

  • LeBron James is moving more without the ball.

  • LeBron James is playing more of a role of spectator status in terms off Chris Paul being that floor general, even though Chris Paul wanted to play off the ball.

  • Which is why he didn't mind leaving the Clippers to head up in Houston with James Harden because he wanted to show that he could play off the ball as well, which he obviously has done.

  • But I think that the Clippers would be an ideal situation for a multitude of reasons.

  • Number one Chris Paul is known Ty Lue for years.

  • They're relatively close.

  • Chris Paul would love to play for Ty Lue.

  • Number two Chris Paul has an exceptional relationship with owner Steve Bomber.

  • They've got they've had dinner from time to time.

  • They're still relatively close.

  • They communicate with one another.

  • Number three D Before Doc Rivers departed, uh, you know, and left the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • From what I'm told, Kawhi Leonard had echoed to him and various others within the organization that he wanted a point guard.

  • That's not to say he wants to get rid of Patrick Beverley or anything like that, because we all respect the hell out of Patrick Beverley.

  • We know that he brings something to the table, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

  • But offensively, in terms of being a floor general and running the show and spotting open shooters and open men, I mean, that's not necessarily his thing.

  • That would be CP three, the quit essential point guard who, by the way, Max, I'll go out on a limb and say this.

  • If Chris Paul was 69 Chris Paul would be seen as being almost, if not Justus, great as Earvin Magic Johnson.

  • That's how great of a floor General Chris Paul is at 6 ft tall.

  • Imagine if he was 69 Okay, this brother knows how to run an offense.

  • He knows how to run the show.

  • He doesn't just know his job.

  • He knows everybody else's job.

  • He's a career 18 point per game scorer, 20 points in the post season, averaging nearly 10 10 10 assists per game career.

  • 47% shooter from the field and oh, by the way, last year shot 90% from the free throw line and for his career, 87% from the free throw line.

  • Plus, he's considered a big time defender and a quintessential floor general.

  • You're the Los Angeles Clippers, What was missing, who to get the ball to when they get the ball to them, what spots to get them, the ball in, etcetera, etcetera, and somebody that holds everybody else accountable.

  • That doesn't just sit there with indifference swarming all over their body.

  • I'm gonna do my job.

  • It's everybody else's problem to figure out how to do this.

  • That's not how he operates.

  • He is a leader, and and and and by the way, he's not interesting to be in your friend.

  • He doesn't give a damn who likes him or anything like that.

  • He is the president of the Players Association.

  • There's a few people that would like Andre Iguodala to be the president, not him.

  • Chris.

  • Paul don't give a damn about that.

  • He gives a damn about getting the job done and he's the same way on the basketball court.

  • And if you put him in an ideal situation, which I think the Clippers would be with talent on their squad, if you've got that floor general running the show and CO.

  • Island and and Paul George and those boys have to look at him and he's an extension of coach Ty Lue in terms of doing what they want to do, I think it would elevate the Clippers in a fashion that would make them the stiffest challenger toe the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference of not the entire N ba.

  • That's how I view it.

  • And that's why I think it's the Clippers.

  • That's a better situation for Chris Paul than the Los Angeles Lakers did.

  • They're both great situations.

  • The Clippers comes with Mawr upside.

  • If he can win.

  • Remember the Clippers never even been to a conference finals in their history, never including with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and those guys, including last year, Why and Paul George.

  • So there is more upside if he wins.

  • But there's also more downside.

  • If you loses its a riskier, higher reward.

  • That's what I risk.

  • High reward.

  • Move to go back to the Clippers.

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    林宜悉   posted on 2020/11/13
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