Shannon Sharpe calls Devin Booker a prisoner of the moment for snubbing Bill Russell and calling Chris Paul the greatest leader in NBA history.
The Phoenix Suns took game 1 of the NBA Finals last night with a great performance on both ends. They were successful in limiting Giannis’ shots and drives.
They also made Khris Middleton work for all of his point. Jrue Holiday was effectively kept from repeatedly driving into the teeth of the Suns’ defense by their perimeter defenders.
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In the end, it all came down to some amazing offense initiated by CP3 in the 3rd quarter. Milwaukee trailed the game by only 7 points when Chris Paul made a 4-point play.
Brook Lopez was charged with a flagrant foul for that same play. This 4-point swing and subsequent possession of the ball fueled the Suns’ amazing play for the rest of the quarter.
They pulled away to a 19-point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter. Middleton and Giannis were able to breathe a little bit of life back into the game by cutting the deficit to 7 points in the 4th. But Chris Paul and Devin Booker finished the game off masterfully for them to seal a famous Game 1 win.
“LeBron James, Bill Russell and Magic Johnson did play in the NBA”: Shannon Sharpe
Devin Booker went a little sentimental in the post-game presser. His admiration of CP3 made him lose sight of NBA history and get a little carried away in calling him the greatest leader in NBA history.
FS1 Undisputed analyst Shannon Sharpe had this to say about Booker’spost-game take:
“I think Devin Booker was 8 years old when Chris Paul was drafted and ended up going to the New Orleans Hornets. A guy having talent of Chris’ caliber has unlocked Devin Booker’s potential in the NBA Finals.”
.@ShannonSharpe on Devin Booker calling CP3 the “greatest leader to play the game”
“I’m not going to be a prisoner of the moment like Devin. Magic Johnson, LeBron James and Bill Russell did play in the NBA. Just because you didn’t see it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.” pic.twitter.com/Pmjo4T2sYj
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 7, 2021
“But Magic Johnson did play. LeBron James did play. Bill Russell did play in the NBA. And so I cannot be a prisoner of the moment. Guys need to understand – just because you didn’t see it or it didn’t happen in your era doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
“There are other guys that have led teams to championships. And this is a perfect storm. You’ve got a really, really young team with no playoff experience.”