Irritating.* Goddammit.* I just got through with the last superstar foot-kissing fest.
Listen, I understand Chris Paul is a great player and that he's disappointed with the direction the Hornets have gone in over the past few years.*But I just don't want to take the bait here.
Why not, you say.* Let me lay it out for ya.
1. Chris Paul is under contract through 2012.* He signed it.* No one held a gun to his head.* Now, he looks at LeBron going to make beautiful music with a couple of other all stars.* And he's like 'Waaaaaahh, trade me or else!'
Or else what?* You're going to stomp up and down?* Play like sh!t on purpose?* Call your teammates scrubs?* Oh, you've already done that, but rather than maning up and doing it out in the open, you sent the message out through your entourage.* Nice.
You took a risk and signed a big deal for guaranteed millions.* You don't like what the Hornets management has done.* Well, you ****ed up, kid.* Make the best of it.* Don't expect me to do rolling out a red carpet for you and trading all my good young players and sucking up to you with LeBronesque attention.
2. Raymond Felton is a pretty good point guard.* Lets see what he can do before we relegate him to a backup behind Mr. Whiny.* In fact, lets see what all these guys can do before we go salivating over some other guy.* I think it sends the wrong message - to our guys.* And to the kids.* What about the kids?
3. I'm sorry, I just don't buy this so-called conventional wisdom that the only way to win a title is to get some 'big 3' together.* In fact, it makes me sick to think about it.* Teams win.* That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I know that in general, if you have a chance to get a transcendant player like Chris Paul, you've got to lose the attachment you might have to guys on your team that maybe aren't quite as good.* But right now?* This is really bad timing.* Chris Paul thinks he's going to be traded by the beginning of the season?* So did Carlos Boozer last year.* Just sayin'.* I hope New Orleans tells him to **** off.* I want to see what Felton and the Knicks can do.* I say we wait.