Originally written on Laker Nation  |  Last updated 2/19/13

Duke or North Carolina? Both schools have storied traditions, outstanding coaches, and an atmosphere that other colleges can only dream of. Both schools figured that would be enough to bring Chris Paul into their basketball programs. Then Skip Prosser had something to say about it. “Wake Forest beat Duke after a big game, and I was a junior or senior in high school,” Paul said. “And Skip Prosser came up to me and said, ‘See, we’re trying to build something.’ We wanted Wake to be like the Dukes and North Carolinas. Obviously we have a long way to go but that had a lot to do with why I went to Wake.” Photo Credit: Getty Images ESPNLA Writer Arash Markazi reported Chris Paul’s statements on his decision on Wake Forest and how it relates to Clipper mania. It revisited when David Stern decided against sending Chris Paul to the Lakers for “basketball reasons” but discussed that not many people know that Chris Paul wanted to go to the Clippers instead. Some might think Paul is simply playing revisionist history, but he swears he always wanted to be a Clipper. Even while his trade to the Lakers was being worked out with a Clippers trade on the backburner, Paul said Thursday night, he always hoped the Clippers deal would happen instead of the Lakers deal. “They were talking about the possibility of where I might be traded to,” Paul said. “I really hoped and wanted to come here and try to build something and do things that have never been done here.” Kind of difficult to believe for someone that tweeted “WoW” minutes after it was reported that the trade was declined, yet to each their own. Since then the Clippers and Lakers have traded roles as franchises. The Clippers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA this season while the Lakers are attempting to reach .500 and make the playoffs. Even to this day people wonder how the Lakers would look if Chris Paul was inserted into their lineup. Everyone except Chris. “Never,” Paul said. “I can’t. I’m in the moment and loving what I’m doing right now.” During this All-Star break the Lakers have a chance to regroup and rest. With all the abuse they have taken this season, on and off the court, they certainly need it if the want to make a serious run at the playoffs after Sunday. I know for certain that something must also be done about merchandise sells in Los Anegels as well. When Paul arrived in Los Angeles, he couldn’t find a single Clippers hat. He and his wife drove around the city, trying to find one hat to wear but continually came up empty. Fast-forward a year, and Paul was sent a picture of the Magic Johnson Sports store at LAX last week that was filled with more Clippers hats and shirts than Lakers merchandise. Only a Laker turn around can fix this as soon as possible. The post CP3 preferred the Clippers over the Lakers appeared first on Laker Nation.

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