An open letter to Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul, the owner of the Los Angeles X in the inaugural Professional Bowlers Assn. League:
Big doin’s with the Clippers.
Vinny Del Negro has been fired as coach of the team, which isn’t the biggest surprise considering the Clippers failed to advance out of the first round of the playoffs.
And the Clippers had such high expectations after their rousing regular season.
But with Del Negro’s departure, at least you can turn to something more pressing.
And that’s bowling.
And that’s considering my proposal to pit your talented bunch of PBA League players against L.A.’s “Dream Team” of local bowling heroes. The exhibition match would be played in Los Angeles and it would kindle a fire that would give L.A.’s bowling community a much-needed shot in the arm.
This epic matchup would make L.A. the bowling capital of the nation. At least for a day.
And you and the X players would be heroes forevermore in L.A. for making it all possible.
It would be a tribute to your pro team, which sadly does not have a connection with the City of Angels from any of its players.
I know, I know.
I wrote a column recently saying this game wouldn’t happen. I said time was running out with the PBA League’s second season scheduled to start Oct. 25.
But there is still time, though it’s fleeting.
I also mentioned that I hadn’t heard a word back from any L.A. X representative and I tried to contact you and three of your players.
But I’ve heard you’ve gotten my message so I remain hopeful you’ll still contact me.
And I mentioned that you still weren’t under contract with the Clippers, and that was a cloud over your head that needed to be resolved before you weigh the “Dream Team” proposal.
But Chris, there’s no doubt in my mind that you are coming back to the Clippers and that you’ll continue your annual Chris Paul PBA Celebrity All-Star Bowling Invitational that takes place in L.A. You love L.A. too much to go elsewhere.
Money may be an issue too. But if the rest of the details can be worked out, that should be the smallest of concerns.
The bottom line is that I’m not writing you for the third time just to pester you. The L.A. bowling community has pestered me not to give up trying to make this all happen.
Chris, remember when you became the toast of the town when you banked in that buzzer-beating winning shot against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of this year’s playoff’s first round.
Almost seems like years ago now.
They were writing about how you just weren’t a point guard. That you were a “point god.”
Well, fame is fleeting.
You “willed’’ that Clippers’ victory with your great talent.
You now have a chance to “will” a great triumph for L.A.’s bowling community with a grand gesture from your heart.
Chris, the ball’s in your court.