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Old 02-24-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chris Paul confirmed to ESPN Radio Friday at the NBA All-Star Game that he intends to pick up his option to play with the Clippers in the 2012-2013 season.

When Paul was traded to the Clippers from New Orleans in December it was with the idea that if things didn't work out the way he wanted, he could opt out of the option and become a restricted free agent. But he said likes his life as a Clipper.

"I'm on West Coast time," he said at a taping of Meet the All-Stars, which airs on ESPN Radio at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. "I wake up every day and the sun's out and its beautiful and basketball's not going too bad at all, either."

The Clippers are third in the Western Conference behind Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Paul, who will play in his fifth All-Star game Sunday, said he believes the organization, and general manager Neil Olshey, are committed to building the franchise beyond just this season and that he has complete confidence in his teammates.

"(Coach) Vinny (Del Negro) is always telling me be aggressive, be aggressive, go score, go score . I realize I have the ball so much that I can get a shot anytime that I want to but, it's not an individual game. I need to make sure my teammates know I'll find them. Even in the fourth quarter may be a situation where a defender comes over, I have to know that my teammates know I'm a willing passer."

Paul, who is averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game this season, also said he has worked hard to improve defensively.

"That's what I think about all day, every day is how are we gonna stop this team," he said. "It's frustrating (to them) when a team can't score. They get mad. Everyone talks about offense, but I pride myself on defense."

LOL at everyone who thought he was gonna leave
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

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LOL at everyone who thought he was gonna leave

Clippers only agreed to the trade because he said he was going to stay for the 2012-13 season
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

Uhm...duh? This is not news.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

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Clippers only agreed to the trade because he said he was going to stay for the 2012-13 season



Seriously. Wasn't this the reason they made the trade? Because he said he would.




Still, it says intends to take option. Would be so funny (or clipper-like if you would) if he screwed them and went somewhere else ala Brand.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

He always said he was going to do it... good to hear he is happy though.

Still, you wouldn't expect a guy like CP3 to do the Clippers dirty... he seems like a man of his word.
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

this was news on the day CP3 was dealt to the clippers
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

that was kind of the point of them giving up Gordon and Kaman.
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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Default Re: Chris Paul takes option to stay with Clippers for 12-13 season

Smart choice I say. Its not like any other teams could potential offer more than the Clippers are able to. Not mentioning only teams with capspace are rebuilding lottery teams.
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Smart choice I say. Its not like any other teams could potential offer more than the Clippers are able to. Not mentioning only teams with capspace are rebuilding lottery teams.

Weren't you one of the ISHiots saying that Blake and CP3 would ditch the Clippers at the first chance they get?
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Weren't you one of the ISHiots saying that Blake and CP3 would ditch the Clippers at the first chance they get?

umm when did i say that? The only thing I said was that CP3 and Blake Griffin aint good fit 'cause the latter cant and wont play pick n roll, no more than that...
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