The most understated ingredient to success is timing. If former American record holder Steve Prefontaine had not attended the University of Oregon, former chairman and co- founder of Nike, Phil Knight, may still be coaching track, and Michael Jordan would be wearing Pumas.
Timing won former NBA 3- point champion Steve Kerr five championships with two different teams, and former “Bad Boy” Dennis Rodman a date with Madonna.
Timing also awarded Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul $107 million reasons to buy a bigger piggy bank. Paul’s contract makes him the highest paid point guard in the league, and he’s worth every penny. Although, he’s not necessarily the best in the league at his position.
Paul became a Clipper by way of veto. The former New Orleans Hornets star was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012. NBA commissioner David Stern, nixed the deal on behalf of 29 salty owners that were determined to institute a competitive balance that would allow small market teams to keep their superstars.
48 hours later, Paul was traded to the Clippers, who didn’t already have a star guard of their own eating up $30 million of the team’s salary cap.
Paul was also one of the few elite point guards in the league that remained healthy throughout last season. Chicago Bulls star and 2011 league MVP, Derick Rose, missed the entire season recovering from knee surgery. Boston Celtics‘ Rajon Rondo missed half the season with the same injury as Rose, and Oklahoma City Thunder‘s explosive guard Russel Westbrook was a playoff no-show with knee issues of his own. Paul excelled in an 2012-20123 NBA season that was hard on guards.
Paul’s value to the Clippers became more obvious as teams made impressive playoff runs with their floor generals in street clothes. But take CP3 off the floor, and the Clippers are a lottery team. The organization recognized this, and compensated Paul accordingly.
ChristopherBrown is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @whatrockschris. Like him on Facebook.