Question of the day: What should the New Orleans Hornets do about disgruntled Chris Paul? [Updated]
[Updated at 12:55 p.m.:
Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Mad Men, part II?
Chris Paul can’t pack up one weekend, join forces with a couple of other superheroes and leave the Hornets with a bunch of empty desks, full wastebaskets and a few stray basketballs.
It only happens on TV with the fictional advertising execs from Sterling Cooper. Oh, yes, and LeBron too.
What should the Hornets do … besides spin the story?
Nothing, for the moment.
(Though one of my Twitter followers suggested trading him to Toronto. That would be interesting karma because we should blame all this dizzying team-changing on Chris Bosh. Unfair, but why not? It’s getting tiresome blaming LeBron for nearly everything these days.)
But there is one suggestion, months away, well down the road: Move Paul to the Clippers at the trading deadline. They need to do something big and relevant after a season of promises.
The Donald, as in Sterling, did inform Paul last year that he belonged in Hollywood -- after he scorched the Clippers at Staples Center.
And, just maybe, Paul will recognize Sterling by then.]
Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel
Lots of people in New Orleans are so upset and disappointed with Chris Paul you'd have thought he had canceled Mardi Gras. Can't blame them.
Hey, give Paul this much: Unlike LeBron, at least he's giving the Hornets his two-year notice.
True, King James was a free agent, and Paul still has a couple seasons remaining on his contract. But instead of leading the Hornets on and exiting after serving his time, he's allowing New Orleans to get some compensation.
The rudderless Hornets will have no choice but to trade Paul if he goes public with his demand. If so, the team should tell Paul that he'll love New Jersey or Sacramento.
If that trick fails, the Hornets should immediately contact ESPN, hire Jim Gray and hold a live Chris Paul call-in auction.
Photo: Chris Paul in January. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire