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.