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Geographically Speaking, Chris Paul Has To Be The Saddest Story In NBA History

Western Conference Semifinals - Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets

Okay so before I get started here, let me just say that there’s no reason for anybody to ever feel sad for Chris Paul. Dude signed a 4-year deal worth pretty much $160 million. He’s going to be doing just fine with all of that money in his bank account. Chris Paul makes more in a year than you’re even able to count.

With that being said…..Jesus. At some point you have to start wondering if the money is worth it. Because it was only just 8 years ago that Chris Paul was traded to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers. What a life. Bright lights, big city. Getting paid millions and millions of dollars to play basketball professionally in the city of Los Angeles. It really doesn’t get much better than that. From December 2011 to June 2017, Chris Paul was living the life that most people can only dream of.

Then on June 28, 2017, Chris Paul was traded from the Clippers to the Houston Rockets. Now I realize that the city of Houston isn’t some third world country. I’m sure there are plenty of redeeming qualities about Houston. But when you’re going from LA to Houston? Well that’s like going from Ruth’s Chris to Outback. But at least there’s still a wait staff at Outback. At least some people still at least attempt to dress like they didn’t just roll out of bed when they go to Outback. Is Houston a top tier city? Of course not. But what we saw last night in the National Basketball Association…well what we saw last night is that the NBA is a business and sometimes that business can be a real bitch. Because Chris Paul went from Outback to Burger King.

To go from LA to Houston to Oklahoma City all in the span of just 8 years is whatever the polar opposite of winning the lottery would be. Bankruptcy? I mean I know he still has plenty of money in the bank but this is essentially geographical bankruptcy. Now I know that Chris Paul most likely won’t end up playing for the Thunder and he’ll probably never step foot in OKC unless it’s with an opposing team. But let’s just focus on the here and now. Let’s just pretend like Chris Paul is trapped Oklahoma City where the team is quite literally just him and about a million draft picks from now to 2026. Again…I don’t want to feel too sorry for a guy who makes $160 million to play basketball. But to just keep working your way closer and closer to middle America via trades over the past 8 years? That’s a tough scene for sure.


P.S. – Imagine if he gets traded to Minnesota. Oh my goodness.