Chris Paul, the superstar point guard of the Los Angeles Clippers, wants to stay with his current team for the rest of his career and retire from the NBA as a member of the Hollywood squad. Paul, who was traded to Los Angeles from the then New Orleans Hornets in 2011, stated in a recent interview the Clippers are the team he wants to play for as he chases that elusive first NBA title.
“Hell, I never imagined I’d leave New Orleans, but there’s no question this is where I want to be,” Paul said to the Orange County Register. “I want to win. Here.”
Paul actually had a chance to join another NBA squad in the summer of 2012 but chose to stay in Los Angeles, a team that featured budding stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The trio formed one of the most exciting groups in the league and eventually became known as “Lob City”, owing to their style of play that features lots of highlights of alley-oop dunks and assists.
In the same interview, Paul also said that he realized the value of having goal as a team and not as an individual.
“There’s nothing wrong with having goals. And at one point, I was like, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that.’ And then at some point it clicks, and it becomes ‘We’re going to do this. I think all of us are at that point,” Paul added.
With Paul at the helm, the Clippers are consistent contenders in the tough Western Conference that features other top teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.
Since joining the Clippers in the 2011-2012 season, the Clippers have made the postseason four times out of four seasons that Paul has led the team as the starting point guard. However, the Clippers just couldn’t get deep into the postseason losing twice in the West Semifinals (2012, 2014 and 2015) and the West First Round (2013).