That was the euphemism that Chris Paul made the condition of his loyalty to The New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets had to be committed it winning. It seems that no one asked the obvious question. “What constitutes committed?” Or maybe some one did, and Paul never answered. Either way, this phrase has given Paul flexibility to negotiate a trade. ESPN now reports that Paul is interested in aggressively pursuing a trade . . . if new Orleans is not committed to winning.
It’s a shrewd move. Much shrewder than The (Terrible) Decision. By demanding that the Hornets bring in a superstar to play with Paul, he is giving himself a public relations “out” when he demands to be traded to a winner. The Hornets don’t have the money, nor do they have anything they can offer for a legitimate superstar to play along Paul. They can go ahead and trade him for nickels on the dollar. He cares not.
It’s no wonder he’s been called a silent assassin by coaches and players alike. Now the GMs can have a little taste too. I imagine Paul leaving New Orleans would hurt pretty badly. Not as bad as LeBron leaving Cleveland. But if a trade is forced, New Orleans will be taking a giant step backwards as a result. And the community is still recovering from Katrina, and now facing the state-wide disaster of BP’s oil spill. If a city needs their star, it’s New Orleans.