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LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:36 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 9:47 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Nobody is blaming Chris Paul for wanting out of New Orleans. The roster is a wreck, the Hornets fired a coach he liked, fired their general manager and ownership is changing hands. There's no direction and really, no immediate success on the horizon.

And today, CP3 got an endorsement for someone that may sour some on Paul's demands. LeBron James tweeted: "Best of luck to my brother @oneandonlycp3 . Do what's best for You and your family." At this point, LeBron endorsing CP3's idea to leave his club is like Bernie Madoff recommending the next Secretary of the Treasury.

Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer put it rather brilliantly in just 140 characters : "These days 'brand management' & 'doing what is best for your family' apparently means turning off as many of your fans as possible. "

It's almost getting to the point where someone could commit armed robbery or sell meth and it would be justified as long as they precluded it with a, "I'm going to do what's best for me and my family." Wait, actually that's the plot of Breaking Bad and honestly, within the context of that show, it makes total sense.

But this isn't life or death here. This is basketball . If I were being careless with words, I'd make some sort of comparison to the World Trade Center or poverty in Africa here. But that's the point - this line of looking out for number one is getting old, because we all really know it's just an excuse to get what you want. It's not about the greater good, it's about numero uno. Doing what's best for "me and my family" really just means, "Where am I going to have the on-court success, get the glory I feel I deserve and make bunches of money?"

What's interesting is that LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul all just made a trip out to Vegas to talk to Team USA as they prepare for the World Championships. So it's clearly interesting that LeBron wanted his encouraging note to CP3 to be public. He could've just leaned over and told him while out in Vegas together. And no one is so naive to think that Paul hasn't talked to LeBron and Wade about all this anyway. Maybe that's where the original seed was planted. Paul is repped by the same agent as LeBron so the people that orchestrated the King's departure from Cleveland could surely manufacture the same for CP3 and New Orleans.

The thing is, it's not a bad thing at all to do what you want to do. Actually, it's a good thing! LeBron wanted to go to Miami. He didn't really hurt his reputation in my mind, he just hurt his legacy. And if he's fine with that, I have no qualms. Paul could escape NOLA and be the good guy. He wouldn't take near the blowback LeBron has received and CP3 will be seen as the victim. Nobody would blame him for leaving.

But Windhorst's point remains - just because you do what you want doesn't mean everyone is going to be behind it. Paul's efforts to get out of New Orleans has already surely hurt his standing with the Hornet fanbase. But it's not about that for CP3. It's about brand, about money and about what's best for me. And I'm not entirely sure that's really such a bad thing. Or is it?


Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 1:56 pm

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

Cry how sad, sports is tearing me apart! get over it.. sports has been this way forever, there has always been a monopoly in sports. Why do people get so emotional? just enjoy the show. No one ever makes a big deal when the mo peterson's get traded or leave town for more money. So because the talented individuals aren't happy and want to win, they're cowards for saying so. We're spectators/fans but the player himself doesn't owe us anything directly. Chris paul and others alike worked hard to get to where they are, they're like you and i. These players go through rigorous workouts to master their craft, it's their relentless effort and not ours. If he wasn't the face of the franchise, he'd be expendable like any of the other players. Now, we're in a day in age in which we have choices and it's perfectly normal to express these desires.

So you mean to tell me that if you busted your butt every single day at work, but wasn't set up to succeed, you'd be happy and not want to accept a more lucrative opportunity? For one second, accept sports for what they are, "it's only a game." In the end, we all owe it to ourselves to do what is in our best interests. Why hold athletes to a different standard? They're just living their lives like you and I, and they have to live with the decisions they make until their last breath. Besides, you act like David Stern has ever allowed a small market franchise to make the finals. For the most part, only historied teams make the Finals, let alone hoist the Ship. It's time to get used to the current format and just enjoy the game for what it is. Stop spending all your hate and negative energy towards athletes and focus all that fire and passion into something more productive for yourself. Laughing

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2010 1:03 pm

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

I can't believe how crazy this is making everybody.  The NBA teams trade and cut players everyday as if they were cattle and nobody complains about it.  "It's a business" , is what team execs always say. Just like the players use "to feed my family", it's a pacifier for doing something. The minute the situation flips it's the ends of the world!!  The man had a right to change his team, mind and everything else!!  EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CHILL THE ---- OUT!!  If the man had chosen 'your' favorite NBA team, 'you' would have nothing to say against it!!
He took advantage of FREE AGENCY, which was his right.  AND PEOPLE CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT.  Sure he could have handled it a bit differently - but what's done is done, he made an unfavorable choice with that.  NBA teams don't hold fond farewells when they cut or trade players, so WHATEVER!!!
Personally, I don't feel sorry for any BILLIONAIRE/MILLIONAIRE losing a couple of dollars because their feelings are hurt!!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:38 pm

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

,  I was saying the Jordan way because Jordan did wait until the Bulls brought in the right players.  He stayed the course. The Cavs were ready to deal for Bosh but Bosh did not want to go to Cleveland.  Is it that Lebron doesn't need a supporting cast but he in fact is the supporting cast?  He will be on Wade's team now.  He did not give Cleveland a chance in this year's free agency to add more players.  I don't care what he does.  I'm saying it hurt his legacy in the minds of the media.  I personally think that him going to Miami and playing for a super team is good for the NBA. I know I will be purchasing tickets for the Bobcats-Heat game now.  LeBron is a great player but this will hang over him because the sports media has become TMZ.  Negativity means ratings.  He's a 25 year old grown man and a free agent.  Julius Peppers left Carolina and I was not mad.  He played his entire life in North Carolina and if he wants to leave that's fine.  He does not owe anything to the State of North Carolina just as Lebron does not owe the state of Ohio anything.  They are from those states they didn't sign contracts at birth.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:43 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

It's pitifull the NBA used to be great now it's full of guys like LJ and the game itself has gone down! I Think the last time I watched an NBA game was back in 2000 and I tried to get back into it but I can't bring myself to watch this crap!

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:37 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

The NBA makes me ill.  "Do what's best for your family".  Please.  Go get an education and do something good for the world, you arrogant, overpaid, pompous fool(s).  It's not enough to play in the NBA.  Now, you have to hold the teams that draft you and make you a multi-millionaire hostage because you need to win a championship and "do what's best for your family".  They make alot, but remember, they also spend alot.  I'll never spend another dime on this POS product. 

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:42 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

Why does everyone keep screaming that Lebron "hurt his legacy" by leaving his hometown(even though he's from Akron) to play for a super team?  Michael Jordan didn't win til Pippen came, Kobe didn't win without Shaq or Gasol (and Fish for that matter), Magic played on a super team (Kareem, Worthy); so the idea that these guys did it "by themselves" is idiotic.  Regardless of the fact that they had the best record the past two seasons, no intellectual fan would argue that the Cavs had the best team (Celtics, Magic, Lakers were all better).  Please stop saying he didn't do it "the Jordan way" because even the great Jordan (whom I think is the GOAT) didn't do it alone.  It sucks for Cleveland fans but Lebron played out his contract and if you look at his stats he held up his end of the bargain.  Imagine if KG would've left Minnesota while he was still in his prime, he would have at least 3 rings IMO.  And all this talk about winning a ring Vs "earning" a ring is just dumb.  As good as the Heat's roster looks they still gotta go out there and play 82 games just like every other team.  They have to prove that they are the best by beating the best, winning the ring and earning the ring are synonymous (unless your name is John Salley).  At the end of the day if Lebron wins 4 or 5 championships he will be regarded as one of the greatest to play the game, point blank period.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2010 9:19 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

Most people don't have to go to work under a contract.  I can quit my job anytime I like and go somewhere else or do nothing.  Lebron was a free agent as was Chris Bosh and D Wade.  They can leave go work wherever they want to.  They all decided to go work together and that's their choice. Lebron did hurt his legacy and could have stayed loyal to his fans but this is a business and Lebron is looking out for himself.  If he wins championships in Miami he will increase Lebron's overall value.  He could've stayed and won a championship the "Jordan way" but maybe he didn't think it was going to happen.  Chris Paul on the other hand is under contract.  The team may be rebuilding and have a new GM and coach but to say you are ready to leave before the 1st game of the season is very selfish.  He may not like the situation he is in but I didn't hear him complain until Miami signed Bosh and James.  Chris Paul would have been better off keeping his mouth shut and waiting for teams to contact the Hornets about a trade.  The Knicks and Bobcats had talked about a trade for Paul already. Now he just looks like another whining baby that won't honor a contract he signed because the team is bad.  Guess what NBA guys there are 30 teams in the NBA and not all of them are going to win every year.  But the NBA and NHL give teams the best chance at the winning the championship by having 16 teams make the playoffs.  You can make the playoffs with a losing record.  Just do the job you agreed to do.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:59 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

But I think LeBron's legacy is already being tarnished by having left Cleveland.  See comments by Jordan and Magic.  Anything he wins in Miami will have the *SuperTrio* asterisk next to it.

But I love your point that even if LeBron endorses Paul's trade demand, he wouldn't want him going to the Magic.  Ha, ha, that would affect LeBron's legacy!

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:42 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

These guys could sign for more money with their original teams.  Does it say something that WINNING means more than $$$?

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2010 6:47 am

LeBron advises Chris Paul on his "decision"

It's nice to see these Black professional atheletes start to make some decisions that will actually benefit them and allow them to recieve some of the billions they've been making for White owners for decades! THANKS LB, DWADE, CB AND SOON TO BE CP3...!!!!!!

It's nice to see we livein a post-racial world.  These athletes have been so "underpaid" that most of the NBA's franchises lost money last year.
I would hate to make $10 million a year to play basketball - I would be so mad, I would make my team bring my entire entourage with me to every road game so that they could ensure my brand.

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