Conflicts with GM Jerry Krause, the “little” contract of Scottie Pippen, the escapades of Dennis Rodman… While “The Last Dance” sometimes tends to turn into settling of scores, the first episodes of the documentary allowed Chris Paul learn the following lesson: the perfect team does not exist.
“The more I watch, the more I realize that there is no perfect team, ” he said in the Uninterrupted podcast. ” It’s really good, even to see these stories, the back side, because this team that we see again is the reason why many of us, at least for me, are in the NBA. There, to be able to relive all this from their locker room and being in the NBA today, there are shocking things, because it returns you to the way you looked at them as a child. But now that I'm in the NBA, that doesn't surprise me, and it makes me realize that perfect teams don't exist. “
Enough to have even more regrets compared to the “Lob City” era, when his relations with Blake Griffin were tense, and prevented this group, however very talented, from going higher than a conference semi-final .
A way to put his experience at the Clippers in perspective?
As he confided recently, it was only from the start that Chris Paul understood what he had at the Clippers.
“It's one of those things that you don't realize you have until it disappears. I think about it sometimes. And I and Blake had absolutely problems here and there, but I actually probably enjoyed Blake a lot more after I left. And then, especially when he started shooting at 3-points, I said to myself: ‘Damn it. Awesome'. “
The leader of the Thunder therefore appreciates the work of the Bulls by Michael Jordan at its true value and rediscovers certain anecdotes or buried resentments. In a much more hermetic media universe.
“Now you can have an exchange in the locker room with a teammate after a game, and see him on Twitter before you even open the door of your car.” There, we see that everything that passed between them was even preserved for twenty years. It's incredible. Except for the people who gravitated around the NBA, who were part of the little circles and who knew “ he concludes thus.