No, not at basketball: by the end of the six game series with his Clippers against the Grizzlies, he was just about the only Clipper I wanted to see play basketball ever again.
No, where Paul failed was that he allowed the frustration of the here and now -- getting bounced in six games against a Grizzly team that last year crushed him physically while losing, and this year crushed him mentally while winning -- to translate into a cheap shot foul on center Marc Gasol with two minutes left and the game more or less over. If Paul were big instead of little,and if Gasol were little instead of big. the Association's best point guard would be justly serving a 5-game Andrew Bynum vs. JJ Barea style suspension to start the 2012-13 season.
Nice job by ESPN for getting what happened right here. I kid, I kid.
And maybe none of that really matters, and no one will really have the moment of thinking first about that play, rather than the hundreds of revelatory and explosive ones he makes d...