Chris Paul Is Under The Influence!

Robert MinnsContributor IJuly 26, 2010

BEIJING - AUGUST 18:  Lebron James #6 and Chris Paul # 13 of the United States joke around before the men's preliminaries basketball game against Germany at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on Day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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A new report coming out of has Hornets GM Dell Demps saying that Paul did not make a trade request and that he fully expects Paul to be playing for the Hornets next season.

While some might say this is just a GM trying to gain leverage, the fact that Paul was quoted as saying that he likes “the direction they want to take the team” would suggest otherwise.

                Looks like Chris Paul was sold on smoke and mirrors - we all know that the Hornets will not contend for the next two years, and are losing ground to other legitimate Western powers. With an owner intent on cutting payroll to try and sell the team, it is hard to believe that Paul really can buy into what the Hornets are selling about being ‘committed to winning.’

Sure they're committed to winning, just like Lindsey Lohan is committed to rehab.

This just sounds like a bunch of hyperbole to me that really doesn’t mean anything. If Paul stays with the Hornets next year and plays the whole time they will be a .500 club with little to no chance of making the playoffs in the tough Western Conference.

I guess we should tune in next year for part two of this drama after the Hornets suck up another year, and Paul suddenly wants to goto a contender again.

I personally hope this is a ruse, but I really doubt it. Although I do have an interesting theory that might be proposed for this sudden change of heart on Pauls part. Perhaps Lebron’s managing agency told him that it might be bad for his image to leave his team, (due to their recent experience).

But what they really would have meant is that it might be bad for Lebrons image to be beat up by Paul and Howard in the playoffs after Lebron came to Miami to win a championship.

I have no doubt that Lebron wouldn’t want Paul to go to a contender. After all, we all know that Lebron wants the path of least resistance to his championship, and even Paul going to a team like the Knicks could prevent that. But at least the people of New Orleans get to keep Paul for two more years before he leaves with no compensation.

And Lebron gets to sleep a little easier at night.