According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, Chris Paul is upset that he’s being blamed for the firing of Vinny Del Negro. If he leaves, however, Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM says that it won't be because owner Donald Sterling has kept mum on the situation, it'll be because he found a better situation for himself. Ultimately, if CP3 thinks Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are a championship-caliber frontline, he’ll get over the talk about him being behind Del Negro getting axed, Tjarks reasons. Here's the latest out of the Staples Center..
- Sam Amico of FOX Sports (via Twitter) has a hard time dismissing the possibility that Paul and Dwight Howard could go to the Hawks. NBA players are fond of Atlanta and Amico notes (link) that a lack of fan enthusiasm didn't stop LeBron James and Chris Bosh from heading to Miami.
- Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com (Twitter link) believes that Howard would be the first All-Star player to ever take a pay cut to leave the Lakers. There's no telling how things could work out with DH, but the Rockets are increasingly hopeful that they can ink the big man.
- Del Negro isn't out of L.A. because of Paul, he's gone because he's not a great coach, and the Clippers need a great coach to win a championship, opines Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld (via Twitter).