Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
What advice do you have for free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul?
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: My first bit of advice for both of them is, get out of the business of firing and hiring coaches. However active or passive they’ve been in flexing their clout to shed or acquire Stan Van Gundy, Vinny Del Negro, Mike D’Antoni and now Doc Rivers, it’s not good for their images — or haven’t they been paying attention to the grief heaped upon Deron Williams the past couple of years? As for the big free-agency stuff, Paul should stay right where he’s at with the Clippers, Howard would be best served by a move to Atlanta or Houston (less spotlight, better big-man help from coaches Kevin McHale or Mike Budenholzer).
Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: For CP3: Doc’s the prescription. For Howard: Grow up. You’re boring us.
Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Don’t make your announcement on a TV special.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com: NBA success and failure starts at the top. As much as you have to believe in the ability of your (prospective) teammates and (prospective) coach to win games, you must also believe in your owner, his willingness to do what it takes to put a title contender together, and his ability to do it in an intelligent manner. He’s got to allow his basketball people to make the basketball decisions and he has to provide them with the proper resources to put together a roster than can compete for a championship.
Sekou Smith, NBA.com: Hurry up! We know Paul isn’t going anywhere now that Doc Rivers is in place with the Clippers, so there is no reason to play any free-agent games. Howard has to decide if the extra money the Lakers can pay him outweighs the peace of mind he can attain by going elsewhere. Cash aside, I’d like to see him finish what he started with the Lakers.
Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: Shut up. If you really want to explore free agency to the fullest, that’s fine and that’s something you’ve earned. But don’t talk about it, don’t send out mixed messages, don’t antagonize fans. We heard so much about Dwight during the leaving Orlando saga that we’re all still a bit scarred. This time, do it in peace.
Aldo Avinante, NBA Philippines: My advice to Dwight Howard is to go wherever he thinks is the best place for him to win a championship. He should not be swayed by anybody. Be a man and take responsibility for whatever decision you will make and stand up for it. As for Chris Paul, he should stay with the Clippers. With all that talent and Doc Rivers now on the bench, the Clips give him his best chance for success in his career. Paul is a leader, and he is the right fit for the Clippers’ young guns. Complemented by the veteran coaching and valuable championship experience of Rivers, the Clips are primed for a big year.
Pawel Weszka, NBA Africa: Be smart in how you handle yourselves in the process. Don’t talk too much. Watch out for what you tweet. You both have a shot at immortality in the City of Angels, even if the grass may look a bit greener on the other side. How many players would give anything to play alongside Kobe in his last season(s)? How many players would like to make their franchise their own and finally take it to the NBA Finals? How many players would like to call L.A. home? Rivers’ arrival should make the decision easier for Paul, but I wonder if Howard gives in to Houston’s temptations.