How would Hornets point guard Chris Paul look in a Lakers uniform in a couple of years?
Paul, 24, is the Hornets franchise player in the first year of a four-year, $68 million contract extension, so he is presumably untouchable. But the Hornets made the mistake of axing Scott without consulting Paul, who was very upset by the move â€” so upset that he has told friends he’ll leave when his contract runs out after two more years, after the 2011-12 season. (The final year is a player option, so it’s moot.)
It’s unlikely, but then I would have said the same thing about Pau Gasol ending up a Laker beside Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant, and Lamar Odom, with Andrew Bynum. Things just have a way of working out.
Kobe on the decline. Bynum in his prime. Whatever Odom has left. Whatever Gasol has left. And Chris Paul. Jesus.
Beyond the basketball stuff, it would just be depressing. To go from being the hero of a beaten-down, tragedy beset city to the latest cog in the Bandwagon Citadel would be uniquely depressing. But at least he’d get his ring.
I need a drink.