Chris Paul is not giving up on his championship aspirations despite falling short in the 2020-21 NBA Finals with the Phoenix Suns. However, he is not letting his lack of success in that area define his legacy.
The Suns guard appeared on JJ Reddick’s “The Old Man & The Three” podcast where he opened up about a variety of topics, including his continued search for his first championship ring. When asked if he needs a title to validate his career, CP3 responded with the perfect answer.
“Some years ago if you were to ask me that like while you were talking, my stomach would have started getting tight or something like that. But I’m so at peace, like for real,” Paul told Reddick.
“But what I’m telling you, when I say that, I’m gonna fight my ass off to win this championship this year, the next year, whenever it may be. But I’m not like ‘Oh man, I’ma just die’ … I’m in such a good place where I get to hoop. I’m so grateful and blessed that I still get to play.”
Indeed, Chris Paul has already cemented his status as one of the best point guards in NBA history, and that will never be taken away from him. Whether he wins a title or not, his legacy as a prime example of what a point guard and leader should be has long been solidified.
Of course as he mentioned, that doesn’t mean he’s stopping. At age 36, he is still playing at an elite level–so much so that some even said he is performing way better than LeBron James who has dealt with injuries in the past couple of years.
As for Suns fans, they can only hope that CP3 wins a ring with Devin Booker and their current roster. They were so close to winning it all last year, but it wasn’t meant to be as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks proved to be too much to handle.
This 2021-22, they picked up where they left off from last campaign and are currently atop the Western Conference with a 41-10 record. If they keep this momentum heading to the postseason, there is no doubt they can contend for the title again.
“I’m gonna fight my ass off to win this championship … but I’m in such a good place.” 💯
CP3 on if he needs a championship to validate his career
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