I apologize for the sorry pun. I was struggling for a title and tried hard for something and that’s the best I could come up with in 45 minutes.
Rest in peace to the Los Angeles Clippers Big 3, 2011-2017. It’s been a fun to watch Lob City during the regular season every year. As soon as those playoffs come around though, they choke. Everyone is used to it at this point and every year, the “Chris Paul can’t make it past the second round” come and rears its ugly head. If I was CP3, I would hold the biggest grudge against David Stern. Denying that trade to send him to the Lakers sent Chris Paul’s career into a slowly, yet inevitable downward spiral.
In the summer of 2011, the Lakers had a hefty package ready to send down to New Orleans for their, then still young, point guard Chris Paul. This would’ve teamed up the best true point guard in the league at the time with the best scorer of the century in Kobe Bryant. Pau Gasol wouldn’t be a part of this team though. He was a part of the trade and would’ve been traded to Houston. Back then, the Lakers still had the still relevant, still somewhat dominant center in Andrew Bynum. The Lakers finished first in the Pacific that season, but with Chris Paul on the roster, I firmly believe the Lakers would have gained a few more wins and would be a shoe-in to the Finals. But this never came to fruition. Instead, he ended up on the Clippers.
Chris Paul was traded for Eric Gordan, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 1st round pick (the Hornets drafted Austin Rivers). Teaming up with the young still developing Blake Griffin and the under the radar center DeAndre Jordan, ESPN lost their shit and predicted multiple championships. How’s that one looking now? Not only has he not won a single championship, he hasn’t made it past the second round. This waste of talent the Clippers have created is reminiscent of the mess the Lakers created with two washed up Hall of Famers in Karl Malone and Gary Payton. The moment I realized Paul’s career was done was when Stephen Curry hit him with the double behind the back. Since then, nothing has been the same, he is not the same player. Blake Griffin hasn’t developed past a dunker who is quickly losing his bounce, and DeAndre Jordan can’t leave the paint on offense.
By Chris Paul becoming garbage, it’s affected Doc Rivers as well. Doc will always be my favorite coach. There’s something about that leathery voice. But Chris Paul being a choke artist is about to leave my man Doc on the street because we all know Austin can’t provide. If I were Donald Sterling, I would do what the Celtics did. Clear house and rebuild. Let Chris Paul go, trade Blake and DeAndre and start fresh. Gain draft picks and young talent. As much as it
If I were Donald Sterling, I would do what the Celtics did. Clear house and rebuild. Let Chris Paul go, trade Blake and DeAndre and start fresh. Gain draft picks and young talent. As much as it hurts, let Doc go. He’s old and his time has come. The first thing is finally giving up on Chris Paul. I wish him all the best.