With the recent acquisition of Chris Paul, how will the Clippers mesh? Can all the main pieces stay healthy? Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, all have sustained major injuries during their career. With a less than to be desired bench, it will be critical for those guys to stay healthy during the condensed season.
My prediction barring major injuries, 4-5 seed in the West. Why so high (or so low if you’re really optimistic about the Paul/Griffin combo)? Chris Paul was able to get the Hornets to the 7 seed last year with a lesser collection of talent around him. He then pushed the Lakers 6 games in a difficult first round series.
I don’t see a ton of teams in the West that actually got better during this quick free agency period. The Mavs lost their main defensive weapon in center Tyson Chandler to the Knicks. The Lakers basically gave away Lamar Odom to the Dallas because he was unhappy because of almost being traded. The Spurs are one year older and lost their 6th man to Indiana.
So, I think the Clippers can make a run. It’ll be exciting to see the relevant Clippers either way.
And with the NBA training camps opening December 9th, just one short week away, hopefully this means we will see some new releases from Panini in the near future. With five games now slated for Christmas day, the start of the regular season can’t get here soon enough.
Until then, we get to occupy ourselves with free-agency and trade talks. Chris Paul (through his agent), has reportedly requested out of NOH, his preferred destination being the Knicks. Unfortunately for him, though, the Knicks have little of value to send back to the Hornets for Paul’s services. If Paul is intent on leaving, the Hornets can surely get a better package than what the Knicks could offer.
Wednesday’s CP3 rumor involving Rajon Rondo had Paul landing with the Celtics. Paul later stated he wouldn’t sign an extension with the Celtics. You can expect a lot of rumors over the next couple weeks, with little immediate resolution. As always, it’s fun to speculate. I for one am happy to see the rumors, because it means the NBA has returned!
Received two cards back yesterday signed from Chris Paul in a little over a month. This is one of my favorite successes to date. What was neat about this return was that about a week ago, Chris Paul tweeted that he was working on returning his fan mail/autograph requests, even posting a picture. Pretty cool stuff! Thank you CP3!
Requests that I am sending out today, August 9th:
Chris Paul, 4 time NBA All-Star, Rookie of the Year 2006, All-NBA First Team 2008
Lamar Odom, 2 time NBA Champion in 2009 and 2010 with Lakers
To Chris Paul I sent a 09-10 Upper Deck Masterpieces insert. Hoping this along with the Topps Murad Odom will come out great signed!