Here’s why I feel sorry for Chris Paul and why I don’t feel sorry for the Houston Rockets.
I feel for Chris Paul. I do. He deserves bettter. An injury kept him from Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He sat there on the bench forlorn and forbidden to play, as he longed to get some action on the court. Instead, his teammates were blown out of Game 6 and were left with defending their home court in a Game 7 that they let slip through their fingers.
Chris Paul has never been to the NBA Finals, but he’s always been a fan favorite. And he is one player that every fan wants to root for and cheer on. There isn’t a single NBA junkie that wouln’t stuff the ballot box full with absentee votes in order to elect Paul to the Finals — if we could. He’s a great player that’s played on some not-so-great teams, and this was his golden chance to beat Golden State. His team was up 3-2 in the series, and the Finals were finally in view, if not within reach.
But then, tragedy struck. His dream of at least playing in the NBA Finals and winning an NBA title crashed and were dashed. He pulled his hamstring and was sentnenced to the sidelines for the final two games of the series. The Houston Rockets had a 14 point lead in the second quarter of Game 7. And for all those who understand basketball, especially NBA basketball, a lead in the second quarter means absolutely nothing, especially when you’re playing the Golden State Warriors.
Yes the Rockets where without Chris Paul, but they also missed a league record 27 three pointers in a row. That’s 27 in a row. So even without Chris Paul, if they hit or even attempted a few more half-decent shots, they had a chance to upend the Warriors. But they didn’t.
And so CPIII enters yet another off-season with more questions than answeres, wondering what could have been. He’s now an unrestricted free agent, so Houston is certainly going to work to resign him, right? I mean, the James Harden/Chris Paul experiment was a huge success, right?
Unfortuanelty for the Houston Rockets, the measure of success in the minds of many was a defeat of Golden State in the Western Conference Finals and the destruction of the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. What’s that? Boston lost a Game 7 AT HOME too? Oh well. Both teams had their chances but both teams just couldn’t finish.
The moral of the story is this: take advantage of every minute and every moment. Savor every second and don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Yes we live in hope, but we also live by faith. And faith is now. So enjoy now. Don’t forget to live in the moment. Absoltuely enjoy the journey. Don’t forget to watch the sunset. And absoltuely stop and smell the roses along the way.
Because your journey is just as important as your destination.