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You heard it here first: Chris Paul is the most important man in the NBA….

You can have your LeBron James who happens to be  the best basketball player on the earth.  Add the NBA commissioner Adam Silver to the list.  And do not forget your personal favorite, be it a player, coach, Hall-of-Famer, or owner.  My money goes with Chris Paul, the current NBA’s Player’s  president and future Hall member that is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.    Chris Paul is the most important person in professional basketball today.




For what it is worth, that label, most important,  will stand for many years to come as Paul ascends as a future coach in the Association.  Or he might be inclined to have a career as a general manager of a team. The idea that Paul will be the commissioner of the NBA is a strong possibility later on.  He is on track for that job if pursued.




Without Chris Paul and his leadership, today’s NBA “Bubble Season/playoffs” would not be happening.   That fact is not arguable, and to deny it is just plum silly.  He managed the player side of deal with the league office.  He was the most significant man in bringing the league to  this end to the season.




Paul is the future leadership of the league if he wants.   Paul has it all.  He can play the political game, has the respect of both personnel (players)_ and management.  Some say he will by-pass the League and be a presidential hopeful sometime down the road.  That too is possible.





Feature photo:  Credit:   Mike Stobe/Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Paul (3) of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

One Response to “You heard it here first: Chris Paul is the most important man in the NBA….”

  1. Tony taylor
    August 15, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Jeez I just wanted russ to be the og one day oklahoma governor …you pushing chris for President! well we could do worse.

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