Phoenix Suns’ star Chris Paul reflects back on his time with James Harden and the Rockets, talks about the 2018 Conference Finals
The Golden State Warriors shook the entire league in 2016 when they signed Kevin Durant in free agency. A 73-9 team, combined with the best scorer in the game of basketball? During the years when Kevin Durant was a part of the Warriors, they were basically an unstoppable force. While others tried to compete and match up against the Dubs, but no one could do so, except one team.
The 2018 Houston Rockets, led by Chris Paul and James Harden, came the closest to taking down Kevin Durant and the Warriors. They were up 3-2 in the 2018 Conference Finals, and were close to taking out one of the greatest teams ever assembled. However, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant had other plans. With Stephen Curry running the show, the Warriors paved their way back in, to complete a comeback, and to go on to win their second championship on the trot.
Chris Paul talks about the biggest regret he had as a Rocket
The Houston Rockets had taken the lead in Game 5, commanding the series 3-2. However, things did not seem so good for them, as they lost Chris Paul to a hamstring injury.
Chris Paul was recently on the ‘No Chill Gil’ podcast, hosted by Gilbert Arenas. There, he talked about quite a few things, including his rookie year, his growth in the league, work ethic, USA basketball, and more. Another thing he talked about was one of his biggest regrets from his time as a Rocket. Gilbert Arenas, during the episode mentioned that James Harden should have let CP3 handle the crunch time, to which CP said,
“You have to be able to have them conversations. And James, I still say it, can’t nobody score the ball like he can. It’s crazy, man. … I wouldn’t trade any experience or whatnot, but I wish we would’ve had some of those conversations.”
Another thing that CP3 regrets is getting injured during the 2018 Conference Finals.
Chris Paul’s right hamstring injury in Game 5 of the 2018 Western Conference finals remain one of the biggest what-ifs in Rockets history 😕 pic.twitter.com/It4EMSLM7H
— Rockets Nation (@RocketsNationCP) September 6, 2021
There are a lot of ‘what-ifs’ surrounding CP3’s time in Houston, but alas it is too late to think about those. Paul is now in Phoenix with Devin Booker, coming off a Finals appearance. They would like to run it back this season, but with the heavily stacked Western Conference, it may be easier said than done.