Is Chris Paul a Dirty Player??
Is that even a fair question to ask about the best PG in the NBA?
Last night I was observing the Nuggets-Hornets game. It was an amazing game until the fourth quarter when the Nuggets basically gave it away. It was fun to watch. It had all of the ingredients for a playoff match up. Great crowd, both teams playing with intensity and passion. This could end up being a second round match up in the playoffs if the Nuggets win the northwest and the Hornets win the southwest.
But on to my point for this article. Is Chris Paul dirty?? His talent is almost unmatchable at the point position, but does he get away with a lot of stuff. Yes.
Every time I saw Paul drive to the rim and step back to take a jumper he would extend his forearm knocking the defensive player out of position giving him an open shot. On top of that, the ref only helped this by sometimes calling a foul on the defensive player with replay showing that there was no contact from the defensive side.
Then there's his post move, he'll post up and hook his arm around the backside of the defender to get around. Again almost never called against him but called against his defender instead. Is it his talent and the respect he has earned that keeps these from being called offensive fouls? Don't get me wrong, it's not always blatantly obvious that it's an offensive foul, but in that case shouldn't it just be a no call. It seems like the ref is unsure every time this happens so he gives the benefit of the doubt to Paul and calls it against the defender.
In last nights game, there was one play in particular where Paul was at the top of the circle, he got a pick set for him and Nene had to rotate over to cover him. Paul did his usual shaking and baking and extended his forearm to create space, a foul was called on Nene. The replay showed Nene with his hands straight up in the air and not once did he even lay a finger on CP3. Still the foul was given to Nene.
So I guess my real question is, do superstars get the benefit of calls because of their reputation? I see it that way and it shouldn't be that way. It makes it unfair to the role players who work hard and never get the benefit of the doubt.
This is not an attack on Chris Paul. I can agree he is the BEST PG in the NBA hands down. But does he get away with some calls here and there. Absolutely.