The NBA doesn’t just give championship rings to players who have won multiple games in the regular season, or even players who have won multiple games in the postseason. Just look at Chris Paul, and you’ll immediately know that longevity doesn’t equal the immortality of a championship. This fact is that the idea that a player is “worthy” of a ring is always not the same, because the morale for an NBA championship has never changed.
Unless a player is on a team that has won 16 games in a postseason, then they literally don’t meet the criteria to win a ring. While injuries and other unfortunate circumstances may add nuance to this conversation, Chris Paul’s case is different. While Paul has received bad luck in his postseason career, he is also the main reason why many of his teams don’t get through the hump. While it’s a team sport, as the star or co-star of every team he’s joined, Chris Paul has never done well to win a championship.
Part of the nuance surrounding this conversation is centered on supporting a player, as there are undeniable instances where a star player individually performs at a championship level, but their teammates on the team bad enough that it doesn’t matter. Again, for Chris Paul, it doesn’t work. Having recently won a 64-win one-seed embarrassed on their 4-seed home floor, this latest collapse is far from a situation where one player’s team isn’t good enough.
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Despite his consistent shortcomings, which include an NBA-record five blown 2-0 series leads, many people still follow this idea that Chris Paul is “worthy” of a ring. The latest to admit this claim is former NBA guard Jeremy Lin, who tweeted it after Game 7 seeing Paul and his Suns deeply embarrassed. Patrick Beverley, who has a history with Chris Paul, clearly disagrees:
What’s interesting about this conversation, is that no one has come up with a real answer as to why Chris Paul deserves a ring. However, this is the only thing to be said even though Paul has never done well to really get one. As already mentioned, evil persisted throughout Chris Paul’s career; however, his inability to get up on occasion sabotaged his many times in a ring untouched by injuries. For that reason, Patrick Beverley didn’t buy into the idea that Chris Paul was more deserving of the ring than anyone.
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