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Angelus said:

Can't help but be sad for Chris Paul. Highly unlikely he'll get another crack at that elusive title. Still though, heck of a playoff run he had at 36. Hopefully he's able to reflect upon it in a positive light once all the dust settles.

That said, while I am sad for CP3, it's also hard not to be happy for the Bucks. They really came together, and played by far their best basketball in the Finals, when it mattered. Giannis came back within a week from what looked like it was going to be a devastating injury, and pretty much lit the world on fire. Even down 0-2, total never say die attitude. You gotta respect, and applaud it.

Chris Paul might be my favorite point guard of all time, from an on-the-court perspective. My favorite is technically going to be some scrub named Lee Mayberry (really awesome guy, but gotta be honest with myself, he was a nobody in the NBA) who is from my hometown and was drafted by Milwaukee in the early 90s, and that's how I became a Bucks fan.

Anyways, given the number of great players that never even make it to the finals, let alone win it, I can't feel too terrible for him. I feel like he at least shut up a lot of his naysayers about either never coming up big enough in the playoffs, or not even being there in the first place. I still have a Paul jersey from his OKC Hornets days that I wear proudly, and he and LBJ are the guys whose careers I kind of use as waypoints for my life, given we're all around the same age.

If the Bucks were going to lose to anybody in the playoffs, I would have wanted it to be the Suns (or Jazz, Nuggets or Blazers). I'm glad that those guys made some noise and I'd love to see them come back hungry and focused next year, and that Paul surprises us by staying relatively healthy and having hardly lost another step.