NBA Trade Rumors: Is New Orleans Better Off Without Chris Paul?

July 23rd, 2010 by Euno Lee Leave a reply »
Chris Paul wants to move out of New Orleans.  Should New Orleans be saying good riddance?

In my last column about Chris Paul, I unfortunately compared LeBron James and Chris Paul's attitudes and presented them as comparable.

Please don't get the wrong idea; Chris Paul's wish to be traded is nowhere near the level of disappointment that LeBron James created last month.

Aside from being the most beloved athlete with two first names since Ricky Bobby, Chris Paul does not have a galactically-inflated sense of self-importance like James. 

Chris Paul wants to win basketball games, and he feels it's much more difficult than it has to be with the likes of David West and an over-the-hill, perpetually overrated Peja Stojakovic, and Emeka Okafor, who needs no adjectives.

Can you blame him?  Aside from West, the aforementioned supposed "marquee players" are simply glorified bench-players.  If Emeka Okafor is your starting center, you're probably not going very far into the Playoffs.

There are a few absolute truths right now before we continue:

-  The Hornets have no intention of trading ...

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