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Article: Open Apology To Chris Paul

November 30, 2010

By: Terry Mundell

I’m sorry Chris.

I doubted you and thought that knee injury was going to take you down a dark and treacherous career like Penny Hardaway and Tracy McGrady. I forgot about the awards you accumulated in high school and college. I forgot about the Rookie of the Year award in 2006. I underestimated you.

You literally put the Hornets franchise on your shoulders and made them a contender. The Jordan endorsement came, you played at an even higher level. 2008 came and you even challenged Kobe Bryant in his MVP campaign. Then, you joined Kobe, LeBron James and others for a golden ride in Beijing as the team won its first gold medal since 2000.

Before being injured in January 2009, you were leading the in assister per game (11.2) that year. Even while injured, you mentored Darren Collison into a substantial NBA point guard. Now, Darren is in Indiana (still progressing) and you’re back healthy. Even with a stellar recovery, I had still had doubts. I was scared for you. I didn’t know what to expect, but as it seems, everything is alright. The Hornets are currently 12-5, you’re averaging a double-double (16.5 PPG, 10.3 APG) and you’re a candidate in this year’s MVP race. I should’ve never doubted you.

The saying goes, “Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit” and you personify that.

I’m sorry Chris.

Past articles by Terry Mundell:

Analysis: Miami Heat’s First Week

Once Upon A Time: Allen Iverson

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