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Chris Paul tells Dwight Howard “just keep playing hard”

Feb 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Chris Paul and Dwight Howard were going to be the twin Carmelo Anthonys for this season — guys in the last year of their contract holding that over their teams’ heads to get a trade to a destination of their choosing.

Except the Hornets traded Paul to the Clippers and turned Los Angeles into a contender. That leaves Howard out there by himself, going along while the Magic look like a team not interested in making a move (certainly not before the All-Star Game).

So what advice did Paul have for Howard? From the Orlando Sentinel:

“Just keep playing hard and doing what he’s doing,” Paul said after his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, prepared to play Howard’s Magic on Monday.

“It’s a tough situation that he’s in, but he can only control what he can. So the best thing that he can do is just keep going out there and playing as hard as he can.”

It’s a tough situation of his own creation (with some help from Otis Smith).

It’s only going to get weirder and worse between now and the trade deadline. We’ll see how it impacts the Magic on the court, which circles back to whether it wants to stay — it’s a vicious cycle.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Yeah, Dwight, be just like me. Force your way out and act like you really cared about your previous team!

  2. giselleisasucubus - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I’m sure the Orlando Magic will send him a Edible Arrangement. WTF is happening to this league? What, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard both part of NWO? Is the ghost of Razor Ramon going to start showing up at Magic games? Memo to NBA superstars- shut- the- f&8k-up. You are ruining your league.

  3. savvybynature - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    What’s wrong with telling a guy to play hard? I’m surprised this even warranted a post honestly. As far as Paul “forcing his way out,” couldn’t be further from the truth. He told NO he would not sign an extension after the season, and I’m sure they asked and wanted to know. This gave NO — a league-run team btw with no owner, no long-term plan, no desire to spend $ to bring in more help, and no hopes of winning a title — a chance to get something for him rather than be left empty handed. He was honest with them and he gave them a chance to move on before it was too late. I don’t know what you guys expect from players but he always played hard for them and was honest about not wanting to stay with a dysfunctional organization. It’s more than LBJ did for Cleveland at least.

  4. deshackle - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Yeah Dwight, keep playing hard and shut up.

  5. rwmilli - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Agreed with savvy, nothing classless about the way Paul went, coulda been melo or lbj but he’s better than that

  6. anderds1 - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The Magic should ride out the season with Howard and see if he’s willing to give up the extra $30 million he can’t get from any other team. I have a hard time believing any player or player’s agent is willing to flush $30 mil.

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