The 8 year old, Chris Paul II hugged tightly by his NBA superstar dad .The move to Houston comes with a big repercussion more than basketball itself. Another environment, another adjustment and a bigger uncertainty in the future. The elderly Chris Paul had to make a timely decision; not only for his family but if ever he has plans to get past the current NBA champions (Golden State Warriors), he needs to be in a team that wants it the most.
Truth be told, the only way to win a championship is to get through Stephen Curry. The toughest steel goes to the hottest fire, winning against Curry needs more than defense, you got to trade shots and let him play more defense. For six years, Paul watched Curry won championships and MVPs as his LA Clippers team went on early vacation in the NBA playoffs. 33 years old, with injuries piling up and frustrations and doubts started sinking in. From Hurricane Katrina all the way to Hurricane Harvey, Chris Paul stood it all. To win a championship you get to beat the best, and CP3 understood clearly that he does not need to carry it all. Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant had Pau Gasol and Shaq, Stephen Curry had Klay Thompson and Lebron James won it with Kyrie Irving. All Chris Paul has to do is to find that suitable partner and James Harden fits right into it.
In the crucial game 5 against the Warriors in the Western conference finals, with just less than two minutes in the game. Paul was limping in getting back to the bench. He might re-injured his unhealed hamstring, but it wasn’t how Paul wanted to end this game. Houston needs to win this in order to get an edge and bring the penultimate game back to Houston if they fail to win it in Golden State. Chris won’t let this get away without checking his way back after the timeout.
The assistant coaches and head trainer told Paul to rest and said “we got this”….
Like his 8 year old son, Chris Paul was assured that everything is going to be alright. And after the final buzzer sounded. Chris Paul stood up with relief.
From hurricanes to frustrations… one more game left.
And with everything said and done….
Chris is finally home.