Memphis fans love to hate LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Well, CP3, here’s a chance to earn some love (OK, like) and respect in the Bluff City by doing the right thing.
Coaches chose Paul to be a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. Normally, no issue with this. He is, though I hate to say it, probably the best in the game. But he has been out with a separated shoulder for weeks and his return is pegged for around the All-Star break. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said he has no problem if Paul’s first game back is the All-Star Game.
Well, I do have a problem with that. And I’m guessing some of Paul’s teammates might, too.
Conley is having a career year — 18.2 points, 6.3 assists — and has carried the Grizzlies for much of the season. “Carried,” by the way, was exactly the word Zach Randolph used. The Spurs’ Tony Parker and Portland’s Damian Lillard also made the team as reserves. Parker is an easy choice. I’d take Conley over Lillard,but it’s close and the Blazers have a better record.
So, CP3, the ball is in your court. Decide not to play, then put a call into new NBA commissioner (as of Saturday, Feb. 1) Adam Silver, who will select the replacements for injured players. Tell Silver you’ve been competing against Conley for years and he is deserving of your spot.
It’s the right play.