How are we feeling this morning, Suns fans?!
That was a hard-fought win over the Bucks last night and a great way to start things off on this road trip. There were many reasons we won the game but again, one man was in control. Not just with his play but his leadership led the way.
Chris Paul, OUR point guard, will one day be in the Hall of Fame. Don’t take him for granted. Appreciate who he is, what he’s done, and what he continues to do.
CP3 now ranks 5th on the all-time assists leaderboard in NBA history.
Late in the fourth quarter, he spotted Book running out in transition and tossed him an outlet pass for a wide-open dunk.
Chris Paul passes Magic Johnson for 5th on the all-time assists list with this pinpoint dime! pic.twitter.com/WXykknOazY— NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2021
As of the final buzzer in last night’s W, Paul sits at 10,145 assists leaping ahead of Lakers legend Magic Johnson, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 10,141.
The gleeful kid in the aged veteran shined thru after the game.
“That’s Magic, that’s Magic,” said an excited Paul holding the game ball as he plans to send to Johnson to get him to sign it for him. “There will never be another Magic. Showtime. As a kid trying to do these no-look passes...I don’t know man. It’s surreal.”
But, of course, there was the leader as well, bringing up his teammates as he so often does.
“When you have experiences like this, it’s dope to be able to share with a great group of guys.”
His head coach and teammates shared their mutual respect as well as their excitement for their floor leader and friend.
Monty Williams, bombarded by questions, simply stated that “It’s really cool to see Chris pass Magic.” You could tell with the twinkle in his eyes how proud he was to share the moment in history.
His All-Star backcourt partner was quick to add joy and respect for his fellow guard.
“It’s hard to put it in words. That’s Magic Johnson and that’s Chris Paul,” Booker said. “So for me being a fan of this game for so long, being inspired by these guys and watching continuous film on both of them, there’s no words for it...There’s so much respect for him, not just from me but league-wide and worldwide.”
Indeed. The way he carries himself and goes about his business is admirable. What’s also admirable is how one of the first things he did after the game was give respect to his big man for his incredible play on the defensive end against one of the hardest assignments in the league.
Deandre Ayton had nothing but mutual respect, saying “The man has proven that he’s a Point God every time he plays. Breaking milestones and stuff like these accolades. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”
Next up on the assists journey is Mark Jackson (10,334) and former Phoenix Suns legend Steve Nash (10,335). With Paul’s current average, there is a slight possibility he can jump past both of them before the end of the season.
One thing is for sure, though. He’s not done yet.