NBA Off-Season

What's Next?

Jim Rome
June 19, 2019 - 9:39 am
Chris Paul and James Harden

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Since the show ended yesterday, it was reported that Al Horford is leaving the Celtics, the Chris Paul-James Harden relationship is quote, “unsalvageable,” the Lakers are looking to make another move to create a max salary slot, the Rockets are also looking to make a run at Jimmy Butler, and the Knicks have rejected a trade offer from the Hawks.  All of that. And in less than 21 hours.

Might I remind you that the Raptors won the NBA title less than a week ago? They won it so recently, that Serge Ibaka was tweeting out this video with Kawhi yesterday.

“Just drinking alcohol and eating desserts, all the time.” Hell. Yes. That is outstanding. And that is for all you losers who still want to argue that Kawhi is some sort of robot.

And that he was going to celebrate his second championship by going back to the base station and getting new batteries. Sure he’s not. He’s going to hit the sauce and the sweets. 

Again, you really think this dude is robotic and doesn’t have a personality. He does. He just doesn’t want to show it to everyone. But he’s starting to give us all a glimpse of it now.

First we get the video of Kawhi doing the Kawhi laugh.

And now he’s laying out his post-championship diet. And I could not be more pumped.

I’m not sure who’s laughing harder about that – Serge Ibaka or Jim Rome.

Honestly, his post-title diet sounds like a lot of people’s regular diet. Heeeeyyyyyy-oooooooo

“Just drinking alcohol and eating desserts, all the time” is such an incredible line. I love that he’s letting his personality show, because it is tremendous. Dude speaks in t-shirt slogans. That’s right up there with “Board Man gets paid.” Board Man smashes alcohol and eats desserts.

This dude is having one of the best years ever.  By anyone.  From hated villain in San Antonio to dynasty’s-layer in Toronto…from new balance punchline to new hero of Canada.  From low carbs and lean protein to sugar and alcohol.  He truly is living his best life.  He’s living all of best lives.

That is a party. But, you know who’s not having a party? Chris Paul and James Harden. Because one report after another would indicate that they are not just drinking alcohol and eating desserts all the time. At least not together.

Yahoo chased the ESPN report with one that referred to the relationship as “unsalvageable.” And included the following details: they went nearly two months without speaking to each other during the season, Harden hasn’t returned Paul’s repeated attempts at communicating in the offseason, and then this incredible quote from a source:  “There’s no respect at all, on either side. They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”

I’m sorry, Chris Paul doesn’t respect James Harden’s standing in the league? What the hell is that? Seriously, like he doesn’t think James is that good?

Oh, you’re the reigning MVP? That’s cool. Watch me dribble into the lane, get trapped, be unable to elevate and just heave the ball in desperation and flop around like I just took a cannon ball blast. Now- that’s standing in the league.

Oh, and there’s more. Because according to Yahoo, Chris Paul reportedly went to management and demanded a trade, while James Harden issued a “him or me” edict.  Again, what’s better? An untradeable guy demanding a trade, or the other guy telling me mgmt.., it’s me or him. 

When that story showed up on Instagram, CP3 jumped into the comments with a shrugging emoji and “Damn! That’s news to me…”. Dude’s like, C’mon man!!  I’m CP3!  Everybody loves me! I’m funny. I’m the best guy ever. I’m nice. I’m that awesome dude from the state farm commercials. Sure you’re not.

Look, I always say this: we don’t really know any of these guys. But I’m pretty sure Chris Paul isn’t who he’d like you to think he is. Not if the beard is issuing me or him edicts. And not when you realize this is not the first time we’ve heard things like this about Chris Paul. Now to be fair, we’re not there so we really don’t know exactly what’s going on there. But there’s a helluva lot smoke, isn’t’ there. And two separate, extremely damning media reports that dropped one after the other, alleging a terrible relationship between the team’s two stars. And in a moment where the Rockets should be fired up to be the favorites in the West next season, they appear to be imploding and there are some really bad leaks on the inside.

The question is, where is it coming from? Is it coming from sources who want Paul out? Is it coming from Paul’s camp to get out? Who knows, but generally, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and it sounds like someone is trying to burn that house down. 

Oh, and then there are the reports that they’re going to make a run at Jimmy Butler.

And in the middle of all that, came the report that Al Horford wasn’t opting out to take a team friendly deal, he was just flat out opting out to go elsewhere. So in a matter of days, the Celtics didn’t make the move for AD, Kyrie ghosted them, and now, Horford is leaving them.

And on Twitter, you could see members of every fanbase practically throwing a digital parade. If you thought Raptor fans were pumped about winning the title, you didn’t see Laker fans, Sixer fans, Knick fans, pretty much every fan rushing in to pile on Celtic fan.

Because that dream situation that Boston honks were hyping for the last two years, Kyrie, Gordon, Horford, and the kids, is imploding in front of their very eyes. All Celtics fans were talking about was the fact that they were about to become the new dynasty, they were the new Golden State Warriors. And now it’s all going to hell. It’s all ripping apart.

And no, I’m not here to bury Danny Ainge. There were a lot of smart moves in there that just didn’t quite work out. Gordon got injured. Kyrie turned out to be maybe the weirdest dude on the planet. And Horford wants to leave for something else. It happens. 

Just don’t for a second think that this worked out and it’s all going according to plan.  Unless the plan was to get really close last year, get bounced this year, see your face of the franchise leave after promising to stay, and miss on future of hall fame big, who you just assumed would love to come and join the party. If that was the plan, then sure it’s’ going according to plan. But it wasn’t.
Meanwhile Kawhi is having booze and desserts.

And laughing at everyone.