NBA players’ ultimate goal is to win a championship. Every day, season and year, they strive to achieve this goal. Not everyone is able to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Some of the greatest players in the league never won a championship ring. Chris Paul, for example, is one.
Phoenix Suns point-guard is widely considered one of the best floor generals in NBA history, but has never won a championship. It has affected him and his entire family. On the Pivot Podcast, Paul revealed that his daughter was bullied in school due to his lack of success at championships. He claimed that a boy in her school had told her that her dad would never win a championship ring.
You’ll never meet a sweeter soul than my daughter. She’s now at an age where kids at school talk crazy to her. She was talking to a boy in school who said something reckless. He said, “Your dad’s never going to win any championship”
He continued to say “My little girl, she is so special.” She was calm when she left for class but called to say she was upset. “I had to tell her that some people talk and others do. It was tough, but no one can be more harsh on me than myself.”
It’s heartbreaking to hear this story. Paul’s daughter should not have to endure this type of harassment, considering all that Paul has achieved in his career. He has been selected as an All-Star 12 times and 11 times for the NBA.
Chris Paul explains his decision to leave New Orleans in 2011.
Paul has also spoken about another difficult time in his career, his departure from New Orleans back in 2011. After a controversial veto from then-NBA Commissioner David Stern, Paul was traded to the LA Clippers.
He stated that the reason he requested a trade is because he had been told the team would be sold and relocated. Paul stated, ” I don’t know why today is a good day to say this but they were coming to tell us the team was moving.” Paul said he loves New Orleans, and still considers it home. He has great memories from his time there, and he keeps in touch still with many of his former teammates.
Paul is in his 18th NBA season and is still searching for his first ring. He hopes that next season, he will finally be able to silence his critics and make his daughter happy.