Skip Bayless vows to shoot Chris Paul way up his all-time leadership list if the veteran leads the Suns to win their first-ever title.
Chris Paul is one of the, if not the best pass-first point guard in league history. Ever since CP3 stepped foot on the hardwood, he impressed everyone with his selfless passing and elite facilitating of the ball. And at a very young age, because of his high knowledge and IQ for the game, Paul became a leader for whichever team he was a part of.
Whether it was New Orleans, the Clippers, Houston, OKC, or now, Phoenix, no one can deny that Chris had an immediate impact on his teams in each of his 16 seasons in the league.
This season, behind his leadership, the Phoenix Suns advanced to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. And after knocking out, LAL, Denver and the Clippers have made it into the organisation’s first NBA Finals appearance in nearly three decades.
Paul is the reason behind the Suns’ success. Because of the 6-foot “Point God”, the organisation has now gone from one of the worst teams in the league to potential NBA World Champions.
“If Chris Paul finishes this series out, I’ll move him way up my all-time leadership ranking”: Skip Bayless
The 11-time All-Star has not only been sensational on-court but also has been a terrific role model and mentor for young talents like Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Cameron Johnson.
After leading Phoenix to win Game 1 of the NBA Finals over the Bucks, Devin Booker had some huge praises for the veteran, calling Chris “the greatest leader to ever play”. And analyst Skip Bayless decided to give his two cents on Booker’s comments. On his “UNDISPUTED” show, Bayless said:
“I appreciate what Devin (Booker) said. Because in his eyes and mine, and his life right now – Chris is the greatest leader ever. Because this team is firmly positioned to go win a ring in the next week or so.”
“I’ll go this far, the Chris Paul I have seen, a year ago in Oklahoma City and this season in Phoenix… is becoming – as he mellows – one of the greatest leaders ever. I need to see this get finished off. But if it (the series) does get finished off, it’s gonna shoot him way up my ranks in leadership.”
“The Chris Paul I have seen… is becoming – as he mellows – one of the greatest leaders ever.”
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 7, 2021
Bayless ended up naming Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Tim Duncan as the players ranked above Chris Paul on his leadership list.
With the series 1-0 in the advantage of the Suns, we could very well see Chris Paul lift the prestigious Larry O’Brien trophy by the end of this month. And also possibly winning the coveted Bill Russell NBA Finals Award, which he has been chasing for nearly 16 years.