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LeBron's rooting interest in the Chris Paul ordeal. Also, Freemasonry.

Jul 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

LeBron_Chris Paul.jpgIf we’ve learned anything from free agency this summer, it’s that NBA superstars are a part of some secret, underground, Freemason-esque society. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have been conspiring to team up for the last 15 years, and only now, with all of the planets in perfect alignment in their orbits and all three stars unrestricted free agents, could their vision finally be made a reality.

Of course, Chris Paul was in on everything. He too is a part of the superstar fraternity, and as such, LeBron has fully endorsed Paul’s decision to attempt to force his way out of New Orleans, with a caveat. It seems that even relationships formed in super secret underground lairs have their limits, and according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, James would prefer it if Chris Paul stayed in the Western Conference, to make for a better rivalry.

I’m sure this has absolutely nothing to do with the possibility of Paul ending up in Orlando (improbable though it may be), and teaming up with Dwight Howard to cut James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh down in the conference finals. Nope, nothing to do with that at all.

LeBron just wants to make a better rivalry by putting Chris Paul miles and miles away rather than in his own backyard, by playing him two or three times a season rather than four, and in a completely different division that wouldn’t have the two highly-competitive stars battling it out for regional supremacy. This all makes perfect sense.

There’s no question that having Chris Paul, regardless of what team he’s on, in the NBA finals against LeBron, Wade, and Bosh would make for a fantastic show. However, there’s plenty more to James’ wish than simply wanting to meet Paul on the league’s biggest stage, and to ignore his more selfish interests here would be foolish.

  1. Tony - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Wow…ANOTHER Lebron James bashing article. Who saw this one coming?

  2. Sguy2130 - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    “Please leave New Orleans bro, I look like less of a douche then” – Lebron James

  3. peter - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    I am so sick and tired of articles taking shots at Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Miami. All of those cities and their respective media would be celebrating if they were the ones to have landed the big three, and instead, are acting like 15 year old’s who got dumped prior to be prom. While I can understand Cleveland media traing to extend their 15 minutes of fame that Lebron’s 7 years gave them (no one has done more for their career’s on an international level than Lebron as they have gotten more coverance around the world thanks to him), its really pathetic as they even more selfish and selve serving than what they accuse Lebron of being.

  4. jacob sykes - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Chris Paul, you need to come to Dallas bro

  5. Sal - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    The idea of LeBron telling Paul to leave NO but stay in the Western Conference is just endlessly amusing to me. God, I hope that’s true. I really doubt it though.

  6. dgoody - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Damn! Just shut up and play. I’m gettin’ sick and tired of watching player try and stack the deck. Remember high school when the top jock would get all his buds together and hold court all day, braggin’ and laughin’ – like beating scrubs was some big accomplishment? I guess I’m more old school than I thought but dividing the best players across the league and just having a great GM get you a little edge makes for a much better game than a player-run buddy system with two or three all-star teams. Out.

  7. Lebron Sux - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    if he said he wants paul in the west it only means he actually wants the opposite, him in the east because if we’ve learned anything from lebrons behavior lately he says the opposite of what he is sneakily planning behind closed doors. Or maybe he wants him on the lakers to throw games since lebron won’t be able to defeat them on his own, or for a west trade mid season for paul to come to the heat which indefinately is part of the plan. i would never trust a match up between paul and james being an honest game either bc lebron controls chris paul and if its lebron or chris paul’s win, paul will lose if it makes lebron tells him to.

  8. Anonymous - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    @peter, of course you are. You are a bandwagon Miami fan. Now that you are back to reading NBA headlines again after you remembered there was a team that plays in South Beach you realized people have negative things to say about your new “team”, I can imagine why you are so upset.
    Nobody pities you Miami fan, you got the big three, just be happy and don’t expect the media to love you for it.

  9. David - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    LEBRON is a PIGGY BACK RIDER HAHA right everyone??! GO LAKERS #17 on the way .

  10. D-Mack - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    How is this Lebron’s fault. Hornets ownership has already said they aren’t gonna add any more debt, which means they aren’t going to make any major moves to get him help. Plus, ownership started looking at trading CP3 BEFORE he asked to be traded.
    Its one thing I still can’t understand to this day: Why do people hire people and put them in positions to fail or not succeed? Ownership isn’t committed to winning, so why should CP3 just chalk it up and play his heart out? I like how everyone wants every NBA player to be Kevin Garnett; play your prime years with management not getting you the help you need but when you have a few years left, they’ll trade you.
    Athletes don’t owe fans anything. Only thing fans are entitled to is to watch a game. Where was the loyalty when management kept trading away Paul’s teammates who he liked and were established in the community?

  11. uywty - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Am i the only one who saw last 15 years? When they were ages 10-13. LOL. That was funny.

  12. MEL - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    “If we’ve learned anything from free agency this summer, it’s that NBA superstars are a part of some secret, underground, Freemason-esque society”
    This is a joke, right? LMAO, Im a Knick fan, but even I call B.S. on a lot of these Lebron articles you guys are spewing out. Jeeze. People are allowed to make big decisions and step out a little. They’re not your personal slaves, they can take control of their own lives people.

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