Stephen A. thinks Chris Paul's championship window is officially closed | First Take

Joylandi 21-Iyl, 2021
Stephen A. thinks Chris Paul's championship window is officially closed | First Take
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Kendrick Perkins debate whether Chris Paul's championship window is officially closed following the Milwaukee Bucks winning the franchise's first NBA title in 50 years after defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals.


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  • But he has options. Safest bet: return to Clippers, where he could fit I nicely with Leonard and George, provide the two things the team lacks, playmaking and spark. Underrated bet: remain with Suns, where Ayton, Booker, and Bridges continue to develop - these guys haven't scratched surface of their vast potential. They could emerge as a Green, Curry, and Iguodala respectively. A hard driving training camp and motivation should send them further next season. Intruiging bet: Sign with Cavaliers, tempt James to demand trade back home.

  • I'd been cursing out Antetokounmpo relentlessly for taking away CP3's championship.

  • Trade Ben Simmons to the SUNS for CP3 and Crowder. Booker with Ayton, Simmons, Bridges, Johnson and Paul with Embiid, Tobias, Curry and Shake balances out both teams and is the perfect trade. SUNS need more size and 76ers need a PG who can shoot from anywhere. Adding Paul would make 76ers the favorite with Bucks and Nets in the east. Paul’s ppg on the year is identical to Ben’s and his contract should be structured to be the same as Ben’s next year considering his finals production and the outcome

  • Really SAS? You said that many years ago on CP3.

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  • Phoenix just needs one elite big man defender down low and they'll win it. Ayton not strong enough down low by him self.

  • Unless he goes to either LA Team or the Bucks 😹

  • i'm over espn sleeping on boston

  • Don’t nobody give af about a superstars organization getting him the help to win. Stop acting like Giannis won the ring with the 07 Cavs roster (minus Lebron of course) don’t nobody give af if he feel like he ain’t ring chase every organization ring chases some just got people that do a better job at their jobs than others. Max couldn’t wait for him to win so they can use the “he didn’t need a SUPERTEAM to win” narrative.. but hmm I’m a era with “SUPERTEAMS” How tf does a “none SUPERTEAM” win ? When everyone else gets hurt and the comp is 90’s level comp

  • Cp3 had a chance but blew it end of story

  • His window was closed when they were down 3-2 against milwaukee in the finals

  • Philly is going nowhere

  • Remember does o.g maverick s who won !!

  • He sold his soul been told people last yr..he purposely missed shots

  • Does anyone care what Stephen thinks?????

  • He literally lost them a game by himself. It's over.

  • it is not close, he could go to the nets, bucks or perhaps to the warriors with lesser salary

  • I just don't like the possibility of an injury to a 36/37 yo Chris Paul derailing another of his post season runs. Pairing him with an aging Lebron and injury prone Davis is not the best fit.

  • It's over for him. He's not championship material!

  • The sun's need two PF & a backup C, in the finals that short team was exposed

  • Can’t in Phoenix, gotta ring chase now.

  • It seems Rajon Rondo was right, at least for now. CP3 will never get a ring. 💍😅

  • The suns can still get a ring. They had the youngest team in the playoffs and went to the finals

  • If cp3 opt lower he can fit in suns cap

  • Lakers Off-season Trade: 1. Trade K. Kuzma & 2023 & 2025 2nd round draft pick for CP3 or DeMar D. (DeMar is a better pick) 2. Sign & Trade Dennis S. for K. Lowry & 2026 1st draft pick 3. Sign & Trade K. Pope & M. Harrell for J. Allen 2024 1st round draft pick 4. Sign & Trade Alex C. & M. Morris for Marvin B. III 5. Sign & Trade Andre D. & West M. for A. Ball 6. Resign D'Wight H. & J. McGee Starting Lineup: 1. L. Ball - Point Guard 2. K. Lowry - Shooting Guard 3. L. James - Small Forward 4. A. Davis - Power Forward 5. J. Allen - Center 2nd Unit Lineup: 6. CP3 or DeMar D. - Point Guard 7. Talon H.T. - Shooting Guard 8. Marvin B. III - Small Forward 9. D. Howard - Power Forward 10. J. McGee - Center Reserves: 11. Ben McLemore 12. Kostas Antetokounmpo - D League 13. Devontae Cacok - D League 14. LiAngelo Ball - D League 15. Jared Dudley? 16. Open Spot?

  • The whole chemistry of this crew is in shambles now.. It’s obvious Max, Stephen A and Perk don’t get along and are just waiting for an opportunity to get on each other’s throats .. also obvious they consistently gang up and bully Max and Molly always is treading on egg shells between these men

  • Melo and CP3 red alert🩸now its time to join GOAT JAMES for NBA Champ 🏆

  • im late but the lakers are over AD will always be hurt they had a 3 month break before their bubble championship and lebron will be older… if chris paul really want another legit shot now either do a sign and trade for ben simmons are he can flat out and leave to go the 76’ers. if the 76ers had Paul they would’ve had a wayyyy better chance

  • The Glove got a ring😶

  • Y'all hating on the Sun's. That's a young team.

  • But CP will get him a ring he is not leaving the nba without a ring he came too close to just hang it up and walk away empty-handed

  • I like how Perk made it seem like Murray won't be back at full strength but think AD will be back at full strength, I tell you what the Lakers will NEED someone else scoring the basketball if they go for Russell, and it's Westbrook and Bron then yes they will gel during the season because Bron is a facilitator and Westbrook can attack then when Westbrook is resting Bron can use that stored up energy to attack and those two will keep the Lakers afloat in the West and competitive but they will need a stay healthy AD to win a championship

  • Is Close as the best or second best player in a team

  • They were a number 2 seed in the West. I think he should stay in Phoenix, and see if they can improve. You never know what can happen, but there are a lot of young guys with a lot of upside

  • Stop it CP3 can't play with Lebron. Lebron is ball dominant and is the starting point guard for the lakers. And since CP3 is a true point guard he needs the ball just as munch as James. The lakers need solid Bigs in the rotation and another tall 3&D sniper. They have enough solid guards and wings with Championship experience. 💯🏀

  • The perfect fit for Chris paul is The Clippers because The clippers need a leader and with chris paul is one of the best leader in the league.If Kawhi Stay Just Imagine that Perimeter Defense Cp3,PG13,and the Klaw with Patrick Beverley off the bench

    • Lol clippers already have my fave pg Chris Paul 🤣

  • This man is no good smelly boule member. 🤧🤢

  • Clown

  • He can still get a meaningful ring on a few teams as a starting pg

  • F you SAS Dame staying in portland you bish

  • I believe cp3 can win a RING with contender, being a major contributor & still ELITE, but the money he will give up, will have him restless in the bed at NITE!

  • He was 2-0 in the finals. Give him a break this is early offseason. To be making these kind of predictions is just hey what do we talk about? Who’s coming up with this stuff on espn

  • Golden state just need clay back

  • SAS always talking about someones money.

  • Trade his to the 76sers for Ben and another piece. Sun's need size plus he can conduct Philly to a championship

  • It'll close when he retires!

  • Yeah , maybe UNLESS he joins TOP 3 KD, Kyrie and Harden , the Nets ... or if Clay fully back joins GSW backup for Curry , or if Lakers get a great option #2 to help Davis/James and great bench , he maybe could TEAMup with Lakers , ... sht anything could happen next 3 months , BUT you be right SA , i dont think CP3 as option 1 or 2 will get a ring. CP3 in my book is TOP 7-8 NBA Guards GOAT 👍. I think what makes it sad because CP3 is a great person AND one of the greatest basketball entertainer , many many fans were praying he get a ring this season .

  • Stephen A is never the same after his wrongfully predictions of bucks and suns lol🤣

  • This is another stupid hype ratings catch phrase.. “his window has closed.” The guy is a shrimp. He’s never gonna be the Alpha on a championship team. Period. He can play like a superstar at times yes. But in the heat of battle be it a big regular season game or a playoff game defensively he gets knocked around and out of the way and shot over like he’s not there. His cocky little Napoleon attitude sort of makes it seem fitting that he is repeatedly denied, but certainly in the right circumstances with a KD and company for example he could have been for sure an important piece of a championship and explosive. He’s still an amazing athletic specimen, a tremendously efficient passer and HOF without question.

  • f--k sas

  • As sad to admit this was the real closet cp3 got to winning a ring, year after year we could lead a team to get one step closer this year u couldn’t have written it better, Lebron out early, nets wasn’t healthy, bucks was just the better team 😞😞 I hope he makes one more run

  • Chris Paul winning a ring as 3rd options would be more meaningful than Durants 2 rings

  • Yes, it’s time to trade Chris Paul for Cliff Paul!

  • ITs never too late to win a ring. Jason Kidd won championship during his 19 th season.

  • it seemed like the stars aligned for the suns and they still couldn't get it done. i think it clearly showed that he cant lead a team to a championship. he is more of like a 3rd option. i see cp3 on another team. not the lakers though, perhaps the heat or mavs

  • I love the fact Perk can say ‘I don’t agree’ and then go on to agree exactly with what they said

  • cp3 is done,no chance to get a ring hes a looser

  • Chris Paul will not turn down 44 mil to play with Lakers. There is no guarantee Lakers will win or even reach Finals despite how much these pundits repeat it as fact. The rest of the league has caught up with Lebron and will not roll over just because the media says so.

  • I was right all along g

  • Go to the Lakers if that don't work hang it up

  • His chances are slim

  • Tbh he should just go to the Lakers and team up with Lebron. These two have great chemistry. It’s his best chance (possibly last) at finally winning a chip.

  • He has to join the lakers if he wants chance

  • His window is closed if he wants 35 million each for 2 years. That will handicap a team on an aging player. Lakers cant even do that for Paul. They would have an even worse bench just to get paul

  • Funny they keep mentioning CP3 age Will be an issue and nobody mention LeBron 37-38 year old ...the guy was out of juice during the playoffs

  • Cp3 will only win championship if he goes to another team,sun's don't have enough right now to repeat with other teams in West getting back their healthy players.

  • Over

  • you all think Lillard is really leaving Portland

  • First time Perk didn’t completely disagree with max

  • I just want to say Max is an idiot

  • One thing we can be sure of in the nba is that nothing is for sure

  • he can still have a chance on the Lakers

  • You can see that way Stephen speaking right now he is uncomfortable he like to scream and disrespect black players

  • stephen a window closing too ya boy is looking haggard

  • No one even picked the suns to make past an 8 seed this year. Not surprising they think suns are done suns are going to prove them wrong again I expect the suns to make it at least to the 3rd round but we will see

  • It’s cop out and a weak as move to bring up injuries giving certain players a chance a title when throughout sports history players will get hurt the difference is when players brag about how good they are but the world see them get in a corner and get out of it whoever wins a championship is the winner just wait til next year when team plays and hope they don’t get injured

  • Too bad for Chris Paul. Was really rooting for him.

    • @Chill Bro yea true but giannis still young. Chris Paul practically has no chance at a title anymore unless he joins a super team. This year was his chance and he couldn't get it done. So sad.

    • It's always hard to choose when there are two historical moments that can happen. Both teams give you good reason to root for them.

  • I think the whole league could get COVID and he still couldn't win a chip 😭😭

  • Chirs paul goin to the LAKERS

  • I thought the Suns were supposed to be "the next dynasty". Perk is an idiot.

  • In a really messed up way, this playoff run almost PERFECTLY summed up his post season career.

  • *Everyone keeps saying LA Lakers... Why not the Clippers? It'll be him and PG until Kawhi comes back for the playoffs. LeBron is LeBron but dude is gonna be 37 and AD 47 with his fragile body. Seems like Clippers might sneak up on everyone in the CP3 sweepstakes, If he leave the Suns IMO*

    • Clippers traded him years ago he’s never playing for them again. Kawhi is going to be coming back late in the season from a torn acl (that’s if he comes back) he won’t be ready playoff time. Cp3 and bron wanted to play together for years it just makes the most sense.

  • Funny thing is all y'all who agree was CP3'd out after Game 2 now y'all Writing him off.....Hypocrisy at it's Best!

  • Not if he goes to miami.

  • I pray cp3 wins a championship 🙏🏼

  • once again, Stephen A giving comments just to hype himself up..

  • i LOVE seeing chris paul lose

  • unfortunately, with all teams healthy, he is not making the finals again.

  • I hope so. Can’t stand CP0.

  • He didnt bring up Denver, Utah...

  • Perdio la oportunidad

  • I didn’t want him to win cuz of how he plays anymore

  • I wanted CP3 to get a ring so bad. But unfortunately for a star like him.

  • Wow what a way to discredit Suns play-off run Max Kellerman

  • CP3 to the clippers

  • Suns will be back as a contender next season. They'll be better because Ayton will be.

  • If cp3 goes to the lakers its not a closed window yet

  • I think it's definitely over for him winning a ring, he'll continue to collect the big paydays but to really compete I think those days are over. He's toward the end of his career and doesn't have the time to develop/build a young team around him with the hopes that eventually they'll be championship contenders. If there was any time for CP3 to win it was now and after the 1st 2 games it seemed liked it could be a reality him winning but after game 5 that door was closed and he knew that, there was no way the Bucks were losing at home after a 3 game win streak and knowing what was on the line. CP3 will go down with the rest of the great hall of famers who led their team and got a taste of the finals but not the chip like Miller, Iverson, Barkley, etc.

  • Him and melo in ny make it happen