I've never been angry at San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt throughout this lockout. Business is business and his team lost some money the last couple of seasons so he's trying to do what's best for his business. While I can partially blame him his business losing money, I certainly can't be angry about these things.
But this I can be angry about. Turns out Peter Holt and Chris Paul may have gotten in to a bit of a dust up during a negotiating session last month. CBS Sports' Royce Young, quoting a New York Post story, reports CP3 didn't take too kindly to what perceived as a threat from Petey.
"According to a person involved in the process, the owners have played it wrong in challenging the players -- unless it is their intent not to have a deal. Which it may be. Last month, during the first federal mediation, Chris Paul got overheated when San Antonio owner Peter Holt said of their revenue-split 50-50 offer, 'Take it or leave it.’ Paul shouted back several times: 'Take it or leave it?’ The union left it."
Listen here Petey, you just crushed one young writer's dream. You pissed off the league's best point guard who's entering free agency next summer when you're guaranteed to have some cap space to go after him. But that was a long shot, a pipe dream. Here's what isn't. Paul obviously is fiery guy and probably doesn't forget stuff like this. So next season when the Spurs and Hornets play each other in the regular season and maybe the playoffs, I envision Paul dropping a triple-double on the Spurs then doing the DX crotch chop in Holt's general direction, hits with a steel chair and then walks off the court in victory.
Anyways, here's hoping the lockout gets solved today. Thanks for ruining my lunch, Peter!
Chris Paul is going to the Knicks or the Lakers, and you, Mr. Holt, better get accustomed to losing to him. Your best days are in the rear view mirror.
My two favorite players in the NBA are Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. They are both great basketball players and class people. San Antonio and New Orleans got lucky in the draft with both Duncan and Paul, players who give to their communities as well as the game. They could have made a lot more endorsement money in Boston, NY and Chicago but luckily New Orleans and San Antonio got a windfall.
Mr Holt, sell the team and just leave without slamming the door. Chris Paul is worth more to New Orleans and Tim Duncan to San Antonio than you seem to be able to imagine.
Chris Paul prob wouldn't come to San Antonio anyway. Seems like he wants to link up with another superstar and all the Spurs stars are fading. Leonard could be the steal of the draft, he could be a future star that would attract the likes of Chris Paul and others. Once everybody signs a deal and is getting paid, all the bickering and beef will subside
Listen bottom line is the owners are exactly that - the owners and employers are should be able to fun their businesses the way they want. If they believe the current model doesn't allow them to be profitable in the long term they should make necessary changes and be able to cut costs. You, as a fan that hopes his small market team and the league it plays in can remain competitive should support them. The fact that we don't have a season right now is because of the players union. Unions are a thing of the past and were intended to prevent labor discrimination in its true form, a form that no NBA player of recent times has ever experienced. Chris Paul and idiot players like him who don't understand these principles are to blame for the lockout.
@24writer Speaking of miffed, check out the comments in the article
Chris Paul is a close friend of TP and has too much respect for him that he would never sign with Spurs.
This article is such an overreaction to an insignificant event. It's called negotiations, they tend to be fiery. And why would the Spurs need CP3 next year after keeping Tony Parker despite the vigorous shopping of him this off-season? We have much bigger issues to fill such as the gaping hole at center on the Spurs which actually lost us the playoffs. How about writing something of substance before deceive readers with a pointless article and title?
Holt out? You are a fool.
Have you not been paying attention to the past decade? What he and RC Buford have built? You think he should be out because he had a confortation with Chris Pal over a negotiation? Paul would NEVER come to San Antonio and it has nothing to do with Peter Holt. He wants to go to a big market city with another big name. Tim Duncan isn't the big name he wants and SA is deff not that city. Paul coming to SA? Holt should be ousted? You are delusional
@'JosephBotello Close friend huh? How do you know? Because they took pictures together? LOL. Any team signing Paul will be a fully upgrade no matter who is their current pg. So why not? Especially when TD is approaching retiring and Manu cannot do it all by himself.
@CraigThomas Goodness, I didn't think anyone would take this article very serious once I started making WWE references.
@ImKeff Yep, Chris Paul will not go to San Antonio because he wants to win and the Spurs' wins are in the past. The Spurs wins have been great and Duncan has been wonderful for the image of the NBA but those days are over. The next image of the NBA is CP3..
@ImKeff Let's see what happens when Tim Duncan is gone. Duncan has been a great player that made everyone around him better. Chris Paul is the same. San Antonio got lucky in the draft with Duncan and the same with New Orleans and Chris Paul. Yeah, Ive been watching basketball since Cousey and Russell. The Ice Man was fun and Robinson was good but Duncan has been great. I've never been a Spurs fan but I respect Duncan and Pop in that order. I respect Pop mostly for making something other than a head case out of Parker. Tim Duncan would have been great playing for anyone anywhere.
I'll be watching.
@yowhatupT I must have overlooked those sarcastic remarks. Sorry Trevor, I guess my anger over the lockout is getting the best of me. Hope it gets resolved soon!
ImKeff's right, you're delusional. Gervin fun and Robinson good? they've both been great just as Duncan has been, which is why those two are part of the 50 Greatest Players. Paul won't come to S.A. because he wants to go to a bigger market. and i agree with Emicris, it's great to hear your respect for Duncan and Popovich, but if you're not a fan of the Spurs and make an unclassy comment about the team and the staff, you shouldn't be here then. and i'd say Durant is the next image of the NBA.
@Emicris@bdhpoet X2, nothing worse then "im not a fan of the team, i only like XXXXXXXXX, the rest of the team sucks......" opinion is fine and all, but so far a see 4 comments and none are anything more then an attempt to get a rise out of spurs fans or an attempt to put the team down as a whole. go back to the mavs, or lakers, or what ever team it is you claim to rep and leave teh spurs talk tot he big boys. ok thats a classless as im gonna get. im out. good stuff project spurs, i look forward to reading your stuff daily so keep it up!
If you're not a Spurs fan, why are you commenting here? Please go "troll" somewhere else. It's nice that you respect Duncan and Popovich, but if you hadn't noticed, this is a site for Spurs fans. Don't start causing trouble and being unclassy towards others.
@yowhatupT@CraigThomas cp3 is better known for hitting people in the nuts while they are not looking. i for one would consider sticking with the local rockets team here in houston over the spurs if they ever signed cp3 to a contract. chris paul is a cheating, cheap shot using POS and no mater what his talent is, he is not the kind of player i would ever care to watch nightly.
@CraigThomas No worries... If we had a real season, I could write about things like what center the Spurs are targeting. Alas, I have to envision Chris Paul hitting Peter Holt with a steel chair.