Someone once said, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
So now the talk of yet another pretty good basketball wanting to leave his team and join forces with other pretty good basketball players so they too can have a chance to win a ring.
Did Larry Bird, Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson leave their teams because they couldn’t win a championship?
Jordan recently said, “There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team.’ “
Yahoo Sports basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski on Chris Paul and his possible departure from New Orleans.
Chris Paul(notes) had come into the NBA with so much of Kevin Durant’s(notes) pureness of purpose: humble, grateful, still the kid who worked summers pumping gas and changing tires at his grandfather’s gas station in North Carolina. He constructed himself a reputation of values and character, and separated himself in all the best ways.
He should stay on course to be his generation’s Tim Duncan(notes), but that no longer appeals to Paul. He’s veered the wrong way, into the wrong clutches. Bad enough that LeBron James(notes) damaged his own standing in the sport this summer, he wants to take down Chris Paul with him too.
I’m surprised Paul is going this route.
One other concern I have is how the Raptors and Cavaliers respond to losing their two stars. Pretty soon if Paul leaves New Orleans, I will have the same concern for the Hornets.
“From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”
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