This offseason, surefire Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul did the unthinkable, in the eyes of Houston Rockets fans. CP3, who played on the Rockets' winningest team in franchise history, changed jerseys and found himself sporting a Golden State Warriors uniform.
In case you don't remember, the Warriors eliminated the Rockets from the postseason in four of five years between 2014-2019, but let's forget about that.
The Rockets came eerily close to potentially winning the championship in 2017-18, but were unable to stave off defeat in the Western Conference Finals, as Paul suffered a hamstring injury that killed all chances of dethroning the Dubs.
(Again, let's forget about that).
As it turns out, forgetting about that is rather difficult, as even Paul hasn't done that yet. At least according to his latest post-game presser after the Dubs' opening day loss to the Phoenix Suns, who Paul played for from 2020-2023.
The Golden State Warriors' loss on opening day brought back a rather painful memory for Houston Rockets fans.
Paul was speaking on the Warriors' struggles from behind the arc, which saw Golden State shoot 23 percent from long-range (10-of-43), and took an unnecessary shot at the Rockets' 2017-18 collapse in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals.
“I’m not worried about the shooting. I was on a team that missed 27 straight 3s. I don’t think that’s going to be the case here, knock on wood.”
The irony is that the Rockets wouldn't have been as affected by the consecutive 27 missed threes if Paul had been on the floor, as his mid-range game and ability to score on all levels would've been a welcome sight in the game and probably would've lifted the Rockets to victory.
Then again, better officiating would've also changed this, as the Rockets had several baskets called back due to erroneous foul calls by the referees.
But it's not like I remember the specific details or anything.
Paul likely wouldn't be reciting that stat if he'd been able to win a championship with the Suns, who also came close on multiple occasions. At least close enough.
He's surely hoping the Warriors will be able to erase that memory for him this season. As for me, I'm hoping to never hear a mention of that close-out game again, as it gives me PTSD.