After burning through two franchises in three years, Chris Paul is now what other people make of him, and not the other way around, as he's so strongly insisted over all these years.
The NBA is the only organization in America with the prestige, the cultural capital and the incentive to spearhead a more tightly regulated youth club system that prioritizes the safety and skill development of players.
You get the sense that for some people, sports are at their purest when the athletic spectacle drops all the way out of the picture, and they can track everything else.
Russell Westbrook is so domineering, so omnivorous as a player that he plays an outsized role in determining his team's fate even if he is not their best player.
The Player Empowerment Era looks a little different for D'Angelo Russell: where a guy can get dumped by the team that drafted him, make the best of his new surroundings, and then get shipped to a third franchise that doesn't even want him.