CP3 Steamed At Clippers, As He Should Be!





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If this is the Los Angeles Clippers’ way of wooing Chris Paul, they might want to come up with a new strategy.

Hanging your superstar out to dry by indicating he’s the reason coach Vinny Del Negro was not retained and that whatever other decisions are made rest on his shoulders is not a sound strategy. That’s especially true with Paul just a month away from the full-court press of free agency from suitors around the league.

Paul is reportedly upset about being thrown into the middle of this Del Negro mess, by Clippers owner Donald Sterling of all people, and he should be upset. CP3 has been mindful throughout this entire process to stay clear of any controversy regarding the Clippers’ front-office plans. Both he and All-Star forward Blake Griffin have been thrust into this drama, as the main culprits in the decision-making process that they are believed to have influenced, despite no evidence to support this.

Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine reports, via sources, that Paul is upset that he’s being portrayed as some sort of coach killer:

“He’s angry right now and his anger is directed toward the Clippers organization,” the source said. “Chris is a man of principle and if he feels like you’ve gone against his principles, it will affect how he feels about you. He’s very agitated that his name has been put out there as the reason for Vinny’s firing. He had nothing to do with it.”

This fire started last week, when Del Negro was fired and T.J. Simers of The Los Angeles Times put Sterling on the hot seat about the decision. Sterling didn’t name names, but he made it clear that the wishes of the players were a part of the process:

“The coach is a wonderful man, and I’m sad about the whole thing,” Sterling said.

“Was this done,” I asked, “just to hang on to Chris Paul?”

“I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true,” Sterling said. “So I’d rather not say anything.

“But you know, the coach did a really good job. I think he did. And I liked working with him. There are just factors that make life very complicated and very challenging.”

So the Clippers are trying to hang on to Paul.

But don’t they already have him locked up? The team has done everything to make him comfortable, even hire his favorite PR guy from New Orleans.

Do the Clippers really think he would accept almost $28 million less to sign elsewhere?

“Here you have two inexperienced people running your basketball operation in [GM] Gary Sacks and [son-in-law] Eric Miller,” I told Sterling. “And Andy Roeser doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to basketball personnel decisions.

“So I wonder, is this decision being made because the players are now calling the shots? Am I off base?”

“No, you’re not off base,” Sterling said. “This is a players’ league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win you have to make the players happy. Don’t you think that’s true?”

I answered: “No. Money makes players happy.”

As stated, the Clippers can offer Paul more money than any other suitor that will chase him in free agency. Anyone assuming they’ll be able to buy their way out of this mess with Paul doesn’t really know the man.

Del Negro isn’t the first coach (and he won’t be the last) thrown in the trash bin because he didn’t get a ringing endorsement from his star players. Paul didn’t force the Clippers’ hand in this matter and didn’t have to. Trying to make Paul the scapegoat for the fact that Del Negro’s ego is bruised because his stars didn’t lobby on his behalf is childish at best.

It’s a cheap shot for a franchise that can’t afford to squander the opportunity it has with this star-studded core capable of leading the organization to new places — namely on the right side of the divide in a city practically painted in Lakers’ purple and gold.

The fact the franchise is throwing Paul under the bus long before free agency begins only reinforces the belief that the Clippers often serve as their own worst enemy in the court of public opinion. There have been rumors that Del Negro was going to be fired from the moment he was hired by the Clippers. To lay it all on the doorstep of Paul and Griffin after the fact is disingenuous to say the least.

Paul has every right to be upset about the way he’s being portrayed. He was going to weigh all of his free-agent options anyway, including the rumored joining of forces with Dwight Howard (and Al Horford) in Atlanta, where there is cap space galore and the chance to for the Hawks what he did for the Clippers.

If Del Negro is such a wonderful man and coach, Sterling should have stood by his guy and then allowed Paul to make a decision on his own future without the sort of foolishness that will be involved in the process now.

72 Comments

  1. I Blog says:

    Can I Eat The Whole Pumpkin

    [...] the only guy who liked venny. No one else in the organization liked him. Everyon [...]

  2. B Radd says:

    Tyson seams only to perform well with point guards at both point and shooting positions. 30 is not too old yet. For Paul to succeed, it is vital that he plays with a dominant player like Carmelo, LeBron or even Kevin Durant. As far as the thunder go, they already are at their best. They just didn’t fair well without their star point guard Russel Westbrook. Their a growing bunch and will get over the hump but need a shooting guard. Iguadala could fill that void. He certainly plays extremely well alongside KD. I started noticing that during the World and Olympic games. They need a veteran at the shooting guard position.

  3. B Radd says:

    As for CP3, I believe a high profile offensive minded pointguard who just can’t find the right team should squeeze his way into the New York Knicks’s roster. There would definitely be chemistry between Carmelo, CP3 and Tyson Chandler since they played well together at the Olympic games. Amar’e should be traded for bulls guard Jimmy Butler and send J.R Smith to the Brooklyn Nets. Boozer should also be sent that way for maybe Joe Johnson or Kris Humphries. It may appear that I am forming formidable competion but that is exactly what I would do to be able to watch more competive games since the Miami Cheat decided they were gonna collect the most talented players on single team. I also suggest the Bulls picking up Andre Iguodala to improve at shooting guard position. What do you all think about this?

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Sounds good.

      Maybe the problem is Tyson Chandler doesn’t seem as good as he used to be. He struggled as the Knicks were eliminated.

      However, CP3 to the Thunder would be OPTIMAL. Chris Paul’s GREATEST chance to win it all would be to join OKC. There’s no doubt about it. If he joined a team like the Knicks, they’d do very very well but wouldn’t win an NBA Title, in my opinion.

      The Thunder will be ready to return to the Finals next season and future seasons. Paul can bring his lobbing ways to KD, Westbrook, Ibaka (former slam-dunk contestant), etc.

      Chris Paul needs to join the Thunder. His best chances to win NBA Championships over the next DECADE.

  4. B Radd says:

    No more super teams please, but one thing I might add is the Idea of Dwight Howard and James Harden teamup. Everyone thinks the peices are in place in Houston but personally, I believe Harden is the reason they did as well as they did. Houston should look at the future with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and the immediate signing of Dwight Howard. Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin are very good peices but may not exactly be what the Rockets need after aquiring D12. A run after Tyreke Evans and a legit power forward to play as a role player. I don’t know who that may be (Josh Smith) but this player would definitely defer his talents to allow D12, Harden and Parson’s play at their full potential. What do you all think?

  5. Patrick says:

    If Chris Paul and Dwight Howard join the Atlanta Hawks then I am going to be the happiest man on this planet.

    • B Radd says:

      I personally don’t think Atlanta is a good spot for those 2 high profile players. Dwight will see that Houston is his best option because of what pieces the Rockets have in place. It is most suitable for him. As far as CP3 goes, he definitely play with Carmelo Anthony. Both Melo’s and CP3′s game complement one another. ATL should try to retain Josh Smith and make a run at Monta Ellis. He better fits Al Horford and Josh Smith’s game. With what money they have left is the question aquiring big men such as Al Jefferson and maybe Andrew Bynum

  6. Ancient Mermaid says:

    trade Kobe to the Clips! lmao

  7. Big Mike says:

    Derrick Rose for Chris Paul…………………..even exchange…………….everybodies happy. Everybody wins,nobody loses.

  8. Jarvis says:

    Come on to the Hawks with D12!

  9. 17,6 says:

    Well said random guy!!!

  10. jerry says:

    What is ouster means as far as i know his contract wasn’t renew, I just check the meaning of oust or ousted or ouster and it say to expel or remove from the position. But VDN was not remove, his contract wasnt renew. i hope the writer will correct me if i’m wrong.

  11. Big Al says:

    Everyone just saw the Clippers’ losing spree when Paul was sidelined. He is clearly the one part that moves all the others. Go to a team with a proper home court, CP3!

    • Common Sense says:

      And the losing spree when Kobe goes down in the playoffs, and the losing spree when Lebron is out, and Dirk goes out, and blah blah blah….Anytime a team needs to adjust, they lose to teams that have a rhythym. By the way, the first time Clips had CP3 out, they won three in a row on the road, one in memphis.blah

  12. Kimmy says:

    Chris Paul, Dwight Howard to Atlanta Hawks. I like that!. But does Josh Smith stay?? Truthfully, I like what the reader said; Dwight and Chris to Houston, get rid of Linsanity. And what about Josh Smith to Houston too?? Hey, I’m a Hawks fan too!! But I love James Harden forever because he is still an OKC player in heart to me. Let s Go Hawks!! Go Thunder!!!

  13. Taylor says:

    Haven’t you Lakers fans learned anything? Having a bunch of star power doesn’t make you a championship team. Yes a superstar usually is in the recipe but too much can kill a team cause of ego’s colliding. It also requires a humble supporting cast who is coachable. A huge reason why the Spurs have been successful is not a whole lot of star power but they have great leaders such as Coach Pop plus his players are coachable resulting in the team having great chemistry which is also in the formula for a championship contender. Dwight has already shown he’s not the most ccachable star and until he gets over his mountain sized ego, I doubt he’ll win a ring! too much ego can kill a team which is why the Lakers almost didn’t make the playoffs when they were expected to give teams a run for there money. Theres not good chemistry with that team.

    • Random Guy says:

      Couldn’t agree more! And also, Pop does an amazing job developing players that are drafted in the late 1st round or even 2nd round picks.

  14. Nore says:

    Well I was and still am a huge AMARE fan BUT his time is over. And I say this beeing one of the guys who said he would come back in a beast mode when everybody doubted him. Hes Injurie phrone thats what he even said to the media once. So as a Knicks fan i would say amnesty AMARE and make an offer to CP3. CP§ with Melo, Chandler and JR should be something to battle the Heat in the East.

  15. Ry209 says:

    Cp3 is stayin put this is how arumor starts lets go CLIPS

  16. E k says:

    Lol your a funny man stars like cp3 don’t just depend on nba money ! Cp3 chills with lbj they are very good frends, you think cp3 won’t take less money from nba to win a championship. ask lbj why did he do such a thing? man and when you become a champion your whole life is Gona be set for ever look at all the champion in are life time they can make as much as money they want and,how much money do you really need ?

  17. J says:

    cp3 and d12 should go to houston if they have the cap space imagine that james harden dwight howard and chris paul teaming up
    otherwise 1 or other go to houston

  18. John smart says:

    If cp3 leaves clipper land (and I hope he doesn’t ) they will still be a solid team.
    Bledsoe at point Crawford at sg Blake and Jordan down la and a stack of money in the cap to get some shooting power and a forward. They could make a run for payers lie Millsap, mayo or thad young

    • Common Sense says:

      Bledsoe is amazing under the wing of billups and CP3…it’s left to be seen if he can lead and go through the growing pains of being the leader and franchise player.

  19. PACERS says:

    CP3 AND SMITH SHOULD GO TO LAKERS. TO COMPLETE THE TEAM … TRADE GASOL SO EXPENSIVE YET DNT DESERVE TO PAY BIG CHECK..:)

    • Random Guy says:

      If I were to choose between Josh Smith (if this is the Smith you were talking about) and Gasol, I’d pick Gasol anyday.

  20. Da Truth says:

    Kobe doesn’t play well with a true PG, if Nash didn’t work well with Kobe, what makes you think CP3 will?

    • Random Guy says:

      In all of Kobe’s career, he has played with mediocre PG’s not because he doesn’t want to play with them OR because he doesn’t play well with them, but because of the system that he’s played. For example, the TRIANGLE-OFFENSE which is a post-dominated type of system doesn’t really need a pure-PG or some sort because that system is pretty much point-forward: space the floor, post it up, kick out to the open guy, cut to the basket, and everything in between. It’s not about Kobe not wanting to play with great PG’s, but because of the system.

      And by the way, I’m still waiting for this Bryant-Nash back court experiment to be finished. These guys didn’t even play a whole-season together because of injuries. So I’m not really calling it a failed experiment because we haven’t seen both of this players at there tip-top shape.

    • Random Guy says:

      *almost all

  21. W/E says:

    Lawl, Chris Paul will leave the CLippers and Griffin and his Clippers will be a lottery team BWAHAHHAHAH!!

  22. Sterling is such an idiot, he needs to keep his mouth shut and collect his $

    • Common Sense says:

      you’re wrong… you’re gullible…he never said anything but common sense…clippers want to win, because players want to win, and the clippers want good players. And he’s finally spending money so he can open his mouth all he wants now

  23. Ball says:

    Paul should go to the mavs, they have a coach that players rave about and a GM that would do anything to win; overall a much better organization then the clippers who under their GM have made the playoffs what like 3? 4 times in how many years?…. And you know there’s this guy named Dirk that’s pretty good too.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      But if CP3 wants to win it all …

      he needs to join the Thunder.

      The OKC Thunder are like the “Fountain of Youth” in today’s NBA.

      Don’t join the Mavs who have good but aging players.

      Join the Thunder, CP3!! It’s up to you, Paul. Chris, joining the Thunder would be like finding the fountain of youth and make you feel even younger.

  24. jimmy the #1 atlanta hawks fan! says:

    Paul and Howard would be a great fit for the Atlanta Hawks.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      No. Bad fit because the Hawks already have Al Horford.

      The Hawks would be foolish to go after Howard and his expensive salary.

      Plus, Dwight Howard is still dealing with injuries.

      He was foolish and the Lakers were foolish to play him so much through his injuries.

      Actually, I think that’s also a terrible fit for Paul. Why? The Hawks already have Jeff Teague and Devin Harris. They don’t really need Paul.

      Chris Paul needs to go to the Thunder. The Thunder may not be able to pay Paul as much as the Clippers … but we know Kevin Durant is more than willing to “share the wealth.” Remember his $1 Million donation to help in tornado-relief efforts?

      Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.

      Chris Paul’s best and most optimal chance to win an NBA Title would be to join the Thunder this summer. He’s played in OKC before; the Thunder fans would love to see him there again.

      If he stays with the Clippers or joins the Hawks, he won’t win an NBA Championship. If he joins the OKC Thunder, he will.

      This is the last chance for the Spurs. The Thunder are the team of the future in the West and will win it all next season and possibly the next five-ten seasons.

      Westbrook is a hybrid guard and was even voted All-NBA second team with Tony Parker. So, Parker as the PG and Westbrook apparently as the SG in the All-NBA second team.

      SEE? Chris Paul needs to start PG for the Thunder with Westbrook starting at SG.

      Paul would fit in PERFECTLY with KD and Russ. They all know each other very well from their Olympic run as well.

  25. Lance says:

    So, Chris Paul is going to leave $28mil on the table because he is angry over this.
    If he leaves the LA Clippers over this, he’s an idiot!

    • Common Sense says:

      HE’S NOT EVEN ANGRY!! THIS IS A LIE!! Paul is an intelligent person and Sterling never said it was his fault. He said the Clippers are doing what it takes to win. And said the players want to be on a winning team. DUH!!!!!! This is not news worthy!!!!

  26. Jones says:

    I love Chris Paul,I hope he stays with the Clipperss

  27. Brian says:

    CP3 if u can read this: PLEASE FORGIVE OUR BONEHEAD OWNER DONALD STERLING!! We all know that ur the man & we need u 2 stay with us. I think I’m speaking on behalf of all Clipper Nation. I’m sooo sorry I had 2 c this freakin article that should NEVER have even existed = ( My sincerest apologies.

    Brian Lu, CLIPPER NATION!!

  28. Jason Hollins says:

    This is such tabloid BS… nobody anywhere said it was Chris’s fault. Show me a quote from the Clippers that says “Chris had Vinny fired.” Sekou you’re no better than any other 13 year old girl spreading rumors throughout the school. Shame on you homey.

    • Miami Fan says:

      COMPLETELY AGREE:)

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      It’s cause people like Sekou Smith are Laker Lovers and hate the fact that the Clippers have taken over LA.

      Even if Paul leaves the Clippers, they have a very good point guard in that Bledsoe kid.

      Clippers still own LA.

      I believe Smith stated in a past post that the Lakers would be willing to pay Dwight Howard up to or even over 30 million a year just to keep him.

      See?

      Smith can’t stand the idea that Howard probably is going to leave the Lakers this summer. Like the Lakers are really going to pay Howard as much as they pay Kobe. Don’t see that happening. Especially with the luxury taxes so great already on the LA Fakers.

      Smith wants to drive a wedge between the Clippers and Chris Paul.

      Sad. Very sad.

      Aceept it, Laker Lovers. The Lakers will never make the playoffs ever again. Kobe is going to drain their payroll and up their luxury taxes.

  29. VIC says:

    ROCKETS SHOULD TRADE JEREMY LIN FOR 2 ROUND PICK AND CASH AND THE ROCKETS SHOULD SIGN CP3 AND PROMISE CP3 THAT YOU WILL ALSO SIGN DWIGHT IF HE SIGNS PG CP3 SG JAMES HARDEN SF PARSONS PF OPEN??? C DWIGHT GAME OVA

    • Random Guy says:

      Yea like someone would even be dumb enough to trade for an overrated Lin for a round pick(s)?

    • B Radd says:

      I’m thinking signing D12 in a sign and trade for Asik and Lin. I would try inking a contract for Paul Milsap and power forward and then making a run for Tyreke Evans. A solid big backcourt with 6’6″ Tyreke at the point and 6’5″ James Harden at shooting guard. Now what do you think?

  30. bunbury says:

    Paul, come to lakerland. oh yes, why not?? the lakers know what they have to do, they can amnesty Kobe, sign two stars. trade gasol for three point shooters. then and finally, re-sign kobe. Kobe would still get his 30 million plus his new contract. it’s win/win situation.

    • Random Guy says:

      The hell? If you amnesty a player per new rule from the CBA, you can only sign him again after a full-season. And sign two stars? Are you on fcking weed dude? If they could have done this, why didn’t they just lobby up all those money when LBJ was on the market back in 2010? That’s because there is a CAP SPACE. Jeez!

    • Miami Fan says:

      Your dumb…
      And by the way he’s in lakerland already, they just call it lob city now:)

    • Wurms says:

      This isnt baseball where its one checkbook to rule them all. The only way lakers get Paul is a sign a trade with the Clips. But that means Paul is making bigtime bucks, so Lakers would have to trade Gasol’s 19M expiring contract, plus some others like MWP. Not sure if they have any draft picks left to toss in. Plus 39yr old Nash still has two years left on his $9+M contract and after an injury plagued season his trade value is worth about as much as a ham sandwich. So basically, no, Lakers arent getting CP3.

      • Logic says:

        Really everything is wrong with bunbury’s comment. It is easier to pount out which isn’t wrong with it. The best part about this is Rondom Guy’s comment : “Are you on fcking weed dude?” It is a really good description of this.

  31. Rami M. says:

    Now, if the Clippers could have a new headcoach like Rick Carlslile, East Conference Champs 2013-14.
    He’s a terrific coach!

    • hey says:

      the clippers are in the west bro

      • Miami Fan says:

        In order to be eastern conference champs they would have to beat Miami!!!
        But then again they’d have to move to Rhode Island. Very difficult…:)

  32. Diplomat says:

    Come Paul join the Lakers you’re more than welcome to join the Lakers!!!

    • Loki says:

      Lakers aren’t even in the position to make a great offer for a player of Cp3′s caliber. They’re too busy trying to keep Howard I doubt they’ve even considered making Paul an offer

      • Argo says:

        With a multi-billion dollar deal from Time Warner, what makes you think a financial behemoth wouldn’t find the time consider an offer to get a top PG that was originally already suppose to be there?

      • Random Guy says:

        @ Agro: Ugh, Cap Space? MORON

      • Miami Fan says:

        He was never supposed to be there, TYPICAL BANDWAGON LAKER FAN. It was a better deal for the Hornets/Pelicans to trade to the clippers. Not as devastating to the western conference and get better younger players in return with more potential for the future with draft picks! Not everyone is trying to make the Lakers better and give up their chances to win. Believe it or not, other teams would like a ring as well. Stern did what was in the best interests of the team, as an owner should. I actually thought he was going to stack the lakers for the so called “benefit” of the rateing to make a super team, I’m glad he made a strong ownership decision. Stop bringing this up…cause your wrong

      • Miami Fan says:

        By the way, I’m talking to Argo

      • Joshua Pett says:

        lakers 4 life son dont hate on the west coast yankees of basketball

  33. eddie says:

    there it is Paul to the lakers with Dwight!

  34. amitpal says:

    This is one of the reason no one wanted to come to the clippers before paul was there. The owner is as dumb as it gets. Look there were reports that sterling was the only guy who liked venny. No one else in the organization liked him. Everyone wanted him fired. And vinny is not a great coach. U cant win a championship do basic stuff that vinny has them do. Is some of it blake griffin and deandre fault, yeah maybe cuz those guys cant shoot, but vinny doesnt bring the best out of players like a pop or doc or tom thib. Theres a reason the bulls let him go to after two playoffs appearences.

    • 34yr fan says:

      …..no one can coach an ego as BIG as Paul’s…..He has Always thought of himself as the Best….and he is NOT……CP3 just has his panties in a wad……Me first……not team…..and when (and if) he becomes a team player (he is the ‘point’ guard , after all) he will be a Superstar……

      • Knickka says:

        You have to be brain dead, how is Chris Paul selfish? Please explain…Chris Paul is as humble as any other MVP caliber player in the NBA. I’m not sure if you understand the game of basketball.

  35. A.J. says:

    I also like how Smith intentionally failed to include Sterling’s response to Simer’s last sentence. But if he’d included it and left Simer’s column complete and in context, then Smith might not get his remote shot at getting Chris Paul’s autograph.

    • Jorbo the Borb says:

      Precisely:

      Sterling disagreed.
      “It’s not entirely true. Money is not the only thing that makes them happy,” Sterling said. “They want to win, and they want the best opportunity to win. Do they know what the best opportunity to win is? I frankly don’t know.
      “But if you have special players, and special players think that they know the best opportunity to win, you have to support them.”

      Absolutely nothing wrong with what Sterling said there. The media is getting out of control.

  36. A.J. says:

    Simer’s column was published nine days ago. Where was Smith in the interim? Smith’s sycophant act is getting more than just a tad old. Sterling’s only sin was being tactfully honest.