The Phoenix Suns’ Game 7 blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night has predictably led to a lot of criticism surrounding star point guard Chris Paul.
Perhaps the most scathing coming from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley.
Beverley, who was once traded from the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Clippers in a package for Chris Paul, appeared on ESPN Monday morning and went scorched earth on the 37-year-old point guard, saying that the nine-time All-Defensive player cannot guard anyone anymore.
“He should have fouled out. He can’t guard,” Beverley said. “CP can’t guard nobody, man. Everybody in the NBA know that. …You know those cones in the summer that you dribble around? What does the cone do? Nothing. He’s a cone…It’s just that y’all don’t want to accept that. Give him the ben Simmons slander.”
Beverley also said Suns head coach Monty Williams benched the wrong guy in Deandre Ayton, saying it should have been Paul — who did not hit his first field goal until the third quarter when the team was already down 40 points.
“I’m gonna get a lot for this, but I don’t really care, they benched the wrong person,” Beverley said. “They should have benched Chris. …Once you see they start attacking Chris early and you know that might become a problem later on in the game you gotta see how my team works in a game without Chris. … Coach the game, not the player.”
The window for Paul, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, to win an NBA title is also dwindling and has many fans and former players hoping he gets that ring.
Jeremy Lin tweeted that Paul deserves one, which Beverley took issue with on Twitter.
It is not odd to hear the talking heads come after Paul. He’s turned in disappointing playoff performances before but to hear a current player in Beverley rip one of the greatest point guards of all time in such scathing fashion was certainly brow raising.