“There’s a less happy story of the Utah Jazz never doing it because of Jordan. Of that Sacramento Kings team. Of the recent Rockets team who couldn’t get through.
“The history of the league has been as much about those that never did it as those that got there. ”
The failed teams and failed players, the GM pointed out, fade from our memory even though their title failure was often tantalizingly close to the ultimate victory, the kind that changes legacies and history forever.
Win a ring, and the story of Chris Paul is that of one of the great point guards in NBA history: A fierce and fiery competitor who made teammates better, played remarkable defense and hit clutch shots when his team needed a boost. Golden State’s road to the NBA Finals likely travels through one or two play-in games, and then an opening-round series vs. that Jazz team.