For all his greatness, Chris Paul’s career has been tainted by his failures in the NBA Playoffs. Prior to their sweep of the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Paul has only been to the Western Conference Finals once, losing to the Golden State Warriors in seven games in 2018.
Year after year, the disappointments piled up for the veteran playmaker. But in his first season with the Suns, it seems Paul has erased past stigmas. But what makes it even more special for him is that he has Suns coach Monty Williams by his side.
After their Game 4 win against the Nuggets, Paul couldn’t help but feel extra emotional for what he and Williams have achieved together (via ESPN).
“Mont has been through things in his life that a lot of people don’t necessarily come back from. The mental stamina, who he is as a person. Basketball aside, he means so much to me and my family. To be on this journey with him, and to see it paying off, is nice and we are a lot alike. We stay locked in.”
Paul and Williams spent two years together with the New Orleans Hornets and had a very close relationship. When Williams’ wife died in a tragic car accident in 2016, Paul offered his full support. Williams went on a long hiatus as he couldn’t bring himself to coach. But with the help of his family and the encouragement of CP3, he made a successful return.
Now, like something straight out of a sports movie, Chris Paul and Monty Williams are just a series away from the NBA Finals.