The Return of the Prodigal Son

Good Morning, Saints!

In the good book of Luke, chapter 15, verse 11-32, it talks about the story of the prodigal son. In the story, the younger of two sons decides to ask his father for his inheritance, because he wants to go out into the world. He ends up squandering his fortune. Now, he has to return home to face the wrath of his father, but is met with celebration and love.

Today, Chris Paul finally returns to New Orleans in a playoff game. It just so happens that he’s returning wearing a Phoenix Suns jersey with ex-Hornets/Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, whom was Paul’s head coach here in New Orleans during his tenure. The futuristic 1st ballot hall of famer will suit up against the 8th seeded New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center at 8:30pm.

As a stature challenged adolescent, dribbling a basketball in southern Louisiana, I looked up to CP3. His ability to see the court, the passing, his fearlessness and defensive instincts were off the charts. He was a prototypical point guard that can also give you 25 points with 10 assist on any given night. The maestro of a symphony and the court is his theatre.

This off season, the Pelicans attempted to excavate Paul from his comfy Phoenix abode, but to no avail. The Pelicans organization was able to sway ex-Phoenix assistant coach, former Hornet and Paul’s teammate, Willie Green from The Valley. Though, the team was not off to a great start, Willie seemed perfect for the job. He was able to curate the team’s identity and connect it to faith.

As the team has surpassed all expectations, you can only view this as God’s work. I know we are celebrating Chris Paul’s return to the city, but I believe we already have our prodigal son.

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