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I guess it’s safe to say the Spurs are playing the long game. They just drafted three promising first-rounders a week ago. Now we get the blockbusting news that they’ve traded their best player, All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, for three future first round picks in 2023, 2025 and 2027. San Antonio also gets forward Danilo Gallinari in this deal with Atlanta. I learned a long time ago not to question the Spurs. Still, it’s tough to see Murray go. Dejounte Wednesday night very graciously tweeted his thanks to Spurs fans and the city of San Antonio. Right back atcha, D.

Sixers’ guard James Harden has declined a $47.3 million dollar contract option and will  become a free agent. Harden has expressed the possibility that he will negotiate a new deal in Philly that gives the team more roster flexibility. Doesn’t matter. They’re the Sixers. Their annual vacations start the day after they lose in the second round.

Deshaun Watson’s hearing enters a third day. The end result is not in doubt.

This is cooler than cool, in my view. Bengals’ running back Trayveon Williams is going to co-teach a class at Texas A&M’s law school. Williams played his college ball for the Aggies. Along with fellow A&M alum and business consultant Alex Sinatra, Williams will teach a class on college athletics, with a particular focus on NIL and athlete advocacy. This implies that there are at least two people in the world who understand NIL. We need that!

I’m told that DeSoto High School receiver Johntay Cook II is pretty good. Apparently the Longhorns think so. Cook Wednesday joined that long and heralded list of Texas commits for 2023.

Holding my breath hoping Yordan Alvarez and Jeremy Pena are ok following their collision in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 2-0 win over the Mets. Verlander was nails in becoming the majors’ first ten-game winner of the season and sending the Mets to their first three-game losing streak of the year.

Congrats to Seattle guard/legend Sue Bird, who Wednesday night rang up a record 324th WNBA career victory.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.