Great way to set the pace in the game…
The Clips first three field goals were all lobs…
Here’s the kick step lob…
And finally the absurd, no-look, up-and-under layup Paul converted
CP3 to DeAndre…
Chauncey to Blake…
And DeAndre postering the Lakers front line…
Apologies for the last one, I linked the wrong video.
I’d like to welcome you all to Lob City though.
Quick thought on the the CP3 trade: I know everybody is going to praise both sides, but I’m hesitant to say that the Clippers are better today than they were before the trade. I base this on last year’s most famous belief that the best way to build a successful team in the NBA is through smart drafting and the refusal to sign bad free agent contracts that tie up cap space. Or as we now call it: the full Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other than the Thunder, there was perhaps no other team in the NBA with the quantity and quality of young players that were assembled in Los Angeles. Eric Gordon is a star in the making and easily one of the five best shooting guards in the league right now. Aminu could turn into a very serviceable small forward in this league (think: Shawn Marion last year on the Mavs). They also traded the rights to Minnesota’s draft pick next year. Minnesota is run by David Kahn. That pick is going to be top five in a very loaded draft if Kahn continues his remarkable stretch of suck. But apparently you throw that organizational philosophy to the wind when you can grab a top fifteen player. Let’s just say I don’t see this ending well.
If you’re counting at home that lineup would have looked like the following: Chauncey/Bledsode, Gordon, Butler/Aminu, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan. Pretty damn solid if you ask me. And there is no replacement for the chemistry that comes as a result of coming up as young players in the same organization (again, see: Thunder, OKC). No amount of forced smiles can ever change that (see: Heat, Miami or Knickerbockers, New York).
Now you’re left with a Clippers team that has FIVE point guards on the roster. No seriously. I willingly concede that Chris Paul is the best point in the game. No arguments from me whatsoever. Deron Williams is great, and Derrick Rose is the MVP, but nobody plays the point guard position anywhere close to Paul. I don’t like that logjam though, especially for the young Eric Bledsoe who is stuck behind Paul and Billups now.
Another worry has to be the injury history of not only Paul, but also the Clippers organization and what can only be described as a curse. Bill Walton’s knees were laid to rest in a Clippers uniform. Likewise with Elton Brand’s achilles. The list goes on and on. The Clippers sacrificed a lot to take on that risk.
Oh well, from a basketball fan’s perspective, I don’t think you could have asked for a more exciting place for Chris Paul to play. I ranked it as the number one destination I hoped that he landed in for a column on this very site a couple weeks ago. Him and Blake Griffin will make for the most exciting alley-oop combination in the history of the NBA. They also have a chance to challenge Stockton-Malone for the best PG-PF duo ever.
Please let them stay healthy.
Generation Y, where does anybody else think Dwight to OKC makes way too much sense?
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).
I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.
I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.
When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
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