— No, it won't quite be another "Decision."
And this one will come streamed on Google-plus, instead of through days of build up from the Worldwide Leader.
But Chris Paul's moment is coming, the same type of uncomfortable moment that fans in Cleveland had to endure before LeBron James confirmed their worst fears, that he, indeed, was departing.
For as much face time as the Hornets All-Star point guard has received amid the NBA lockout, he has been seen far more, a constant presence directly behind Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, than heard.
And while he already has hosted his own charity exhibition, an upbeat, low-key event in Winston-Salem, N.C., a while back, he mostly has spent his time on the lockout all-star circuit in the background.
That, however, has changed with the announcement of the upcoming Google-plus "Homecoming Tour," a series of four lockout charity exhibitions featuring Paul, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
Paul will host his "homecoming" game in New Orleans on Dec. 3, at Lakefront Arena, on the campus of the University of New Orleans. There, there likely will be plenty of typically low-key comments about his right to become a free agent next summer, of how no decision has been made, of how he stands with the Crescent City, of how all that matters is a resolution to the lockout that Paul worked so hard to achieve in his role as an executive with what formerly was known as the players' union.
Photos. Smiles. Thanks. An oversized check made out to the CP3 Foundation.
And then? And then a week later the four-game tour concludes at the Izod Center, the former home of the New Jersey Nets and the venue where Carmelo Anthony will serve as the tour's official host.
That's Carmelo Anthony as in the Carmelo Anthony who openly has spoken of his desire to have Paul join in him in New York to create a Big Apple Big Three of himself, Paul and Amare Stoudemire.
With league rules not in force amid the lockout, and with tampering issues therefore cast aside, Anthony practically has done everything but forward Paul a check from James Dolan amid the NBA's stoppage.
And yes, under just about any revised collective-bargaining agreement, the Knicks should be able to find a way to squeeze in Paul either in the 2012 offseason, when Paul has his opt-out clause, or in the 2013 offseason, when he would be a free agent free and clear.
That's what makes the Homecoming Tour such a full-circle event, as well as another thorn for the NBA amid the lockout.
It starts with LeBron James' game at the University of Akron, an event that well could prove James' assertion that his hometown still loves him, even as Cleveland continues to seethe.
It moves to Wade's game at UIC Pavilion at University of Chicago-Illinois, with many there still feeling used by the Heat guard during the 2010 free-agent courtship period.
Then there is Paul's embrace of New Orleans.
And then will come the standing ovation for Paul just miles from Madison Square Garden.
It won't quite be Jim Gray sitting on a stool across from the free agent of the moment, but it could create indigestion in New Orleans similar to the gastric distress endured by those in Northern Ohio for LeBron's highly choreographed appearance in Greenwich, Conn., two summers back.
While Paul isn't LeBron, hardly at ease in the spotlight, such are the moments that tend to sway emotions. There are few embraces in sports like the New York embrace, with Pat Riley having to load up each finger with a championship rings to snare LeBron away from Gotham during the last free-agent frenzy.
In some respects, this might even be worse than that fateful first week of July in 2010. At least then the Cavaliers were able to vent, Dan Gilbert presented with the forum to speak for his fans and for his city.
Now? Now Hornets management is helpless to get in the way of what Carmelo and Amare and the tabloids might be conjuring for mid-December. They can't say a darn thing about how much Paul means to their city, their franchise, their legacy.
Of course, even if such draconian NBA prohibitions against team-player contact weren't in place amid the lockout, it's not as if there could be a meaningful embrace from the Hornets, who still are under NBA control, lacking an independent owner.
But even then, what exactly are the Hornets left to sell now that David West has opted out of his contract to test free agency whenever this NBA mess is resolved?
New York: Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni, and the deep, if sometimes erratic, pockets of James Dolan.
New Orleans: Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Monty Williams and an owner to be named later.
If you didn't know better, you'd think Paul even created his own escape hatch in his previous role with the union, with the league's latest offer including the right for teams operating above the luxury tax to complete sign-and-trade transactions in the 2012 and 2013 offseasons, before a prohibition goes into effect. Yes, the very two seasons that Paul could exercise his free agency.
Perhaps that dinner break Paul took with Hunter late in the negotiations wasn't quite as innocent as first thought.
For now, we'll have to settle for a preliminary taste of Mr. Paul goes to New York.
True, East Rutherford is a bit off-Broadway.
And there still are no guarantees there even will be a 2012 free-agency period.
But of all the lockout all-star games, what transpires on Dec. 10 at the Izod Center might most resonate.
The game starts at 7 p.m.
The hope, from the Knicks' perspective, is the welcoming parade follows a mere few months later.