Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul went on the record to publicly admit that he’s not going anywhere. What all did he say? Let’s take a look.
Houston Rockets fans — we’ve got a little over a week to go before the start of free agency. As expected, the Houston Rockets are going to likely be quite active as they tried to tweak a roster that was extremely close to the then-defending champ Golden State Warriors.
With as far as the team has gone with this group of guys, it’s prudent for them to keep most of this roster together and try their hand at another championship again. It’s tough to tell what the Warriors will do with free agents Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson as their Achilles’ injuries will likely keep them sidelined for most of, if not all, of the 2019-20 season.
This drastically reduces their odds of winning the championship again as it’s going to be impossible to replace those players in the interim that would match their immense value.
This definitely leaves the door wide-open for the Houston Rockets to go out and finish what they started and to try to bring home the franchise’s third championship in franchise history.
I don’t take championships for granted because it’s so hard to get there in the first place and I appreciate when they happen, just like when the Houston Astros won their first World Series title. The Houston Rockets have a better chance than ever to take what’s theirs and it’s going to be damn fun to watch in the upcoming season.
But one fixture of the team is definitely set in stone and that will be Chris Paul.
Paul, who is currently in Los Angeles, spoke with the Chron’s Jonathan Feigen in an interview more about the work he was doing with his charity event that he co-founded titled Go Hoop Day that allows like-minded, die-hard hoop heads could come together as one all at one event. This all-day happening entails a basketball clinic, a 3-on-3 tournament and food vendors galore, especially if one gets hungry during the day.
Feigen did briefly ask questions about the rumors that had been swirling and Paul said that he
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never asked for a trade, that he will be in Houston and he’s happy about it.
He was also asked about the rift between him and James Harden but he did share much more than how disappointed he was to see the Houston Rockets‘ season end the way it did. This was an answer that we’d expect to hear from CP3 as he’s the ultimate competitor and wants to win. When he feels something could’ve been done differently in order for that goal to be achieved, we all know that he doesn’t bite his tongue in any regard.
Nonetheless, it’s good to hear this from Chris and I think his presence on this team is integral to their success. I’m positive Harden and Paul will work it out. What superstars of their caliber don’t have rifts to begin with?
For now, we’ll just have to keep an eye on what Daryl Morey does this offseason with the talent surrounding him.
We can only hope for the best.
Paul, 34, averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 8.2 assists with a shooting line of .419/.358/.862 through 58 games last season.