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This is Chris Paul’s long, painful history with official Scott Foster.
Paul has lost his last 12 playoffs games when Foster has been on the officiating crew. The one time Paul’s team won a game with Foster installed as a referee came when Paul was held out while he was in the league’s Health and Safety protocol during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Phoenix won that game on the infamous ‘Valley Oop’ dunk by Deandre Ayton at the buzzer.
Paul’s grievance with Foster will be put to the test in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Foster is part of the officiating crew for Tuesday night’s game with the Suns facing elimination as they trail 3-2 in the series with the game in Milwaukee.
Paul and the Suns have already lost one game in these Finals that was officiated by Foster. The Bucks earned their first win in the series in Game 3 with Foster reffing the game.
Does Foster really have it out for CP3? Here are some of the critical comments Paul has made about the official in recent years.
Paul reached the playoffs for the first time in the third year of his career when he led the New Orleans Hornets to a shocking turnaround that saw the team tie for the fourth best record in the NBA at 56-26 on the year.
Paul’s Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks in five games in the opening round, and then ran into the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The Hornets won the first two games, but would go on to lose the series in Game 7. Foster was on the officiating crew during that final game.
Paul said Foster reminded him that he was working during his first ever Game 7 when the two shared the court during a Game 7 in the bubble during the 2020 NBA Playoffs. What a bizarre thing for a ref to say to a player.
Thunder guard Chris Paul says referee Scott Foster made a point to tell him before the Game 7 loss to the Thunder tonight that he also reffed his Game 7 loss to the Spurs in 2008 when CP was with the Hornets.
Paul was traded from the Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 and immediately helped revitalize the franchise. The Clippers never broke through past the second round with Paul on the team mostly due to some poor luck with injuries and matchups. When Paul was traded to the Rockets, his beef with Foster started to become public.
Paul’s Rockets reportedly went 0-6 in playoffs games refereed by Foster. After receiving a technical foul during a January loss in 2018, Paul said the officiating was “Scott Foster at his finest.”
After a February loss in 2019, James Harden and Paul each called out Foster after the game. Harden said Foster shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games anymore, and characterized Foster as “rude and arrogant,” saying he couldn’t have a conversation with him during the game.
Paul chimed in to say he met with the league about Foster in the past, and he didn’t know what else he could do.
Paul was traded for Russell Westbrook in 2019, and had low expectations as he joined the Oklahoma City Thunder. While few expected Paul to last the season in OKC, he ended up delivering an All-Star season and leading the Thunder to the No. 5 seed in the playoffs during the league’s restart bubble.
The Thunder and Rockets played a terrific first round series that went seven games, with the Rockets winning to advance in the playoffs. After the Game 7 loss, Paul was again critical of Foster for whistling him for a delay of game call.
Paul was traded to the Phoenix Suns this season, and led a team that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2010 to the No. 2 overall seed in the Western Conference. The Suns drew a tough first round matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, and lost Game 3 to go down 2-1 in the series.
Paul blasted Foster after Game 3 and cited his record in games the official was calling.
If the Suns lose, their season is over, and so is Paul’s best chance at an NBA championship.
Is Paul’s losing record against Foster merely a coincidence? Game 6 may finally give us the answer.
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21 July, 2021 - 02:10am
Look: After blowing a 2-0 series lead, Paul and the Phoenix Suns face NBA Finals elimination tonight in their best-of-seven series with the Milwaukee Bucks. If the Bucks win, then Paul will reach his 16th straight year without a championship. The reaction from an adoring media is already funeral-like. That just means they don't really know what a champion is and that they never believed in the first place that Paul is among the all-time great point guards.
Are we really supposed to feel sorry for him now? Are we really at the tragedy phase? This is the moment for Paul. This is it. No one has the right to a championship. It is not a lifetime achievement award. You actually have to take it. You have to be at your best at the hardest possible times. Paul has the chance to prove himself now.
We talk about Paul's legacy as if his years as a star will never have happened without a championship on top. The truth is that we think too much about legacies. You play to win a championship, not to win history. And while sports writers seem to think it'll be tragic for Paul to lose tonight, he actually has a safety net. You saw it in Game 5, sitting courtside.
LeBron James. A blatant attempt to try to get his good friend Paul to join him with the Lakers next year. He looked like a college coach sitting in the stands admiring a star high school player.
"I'm proud as hell for CP," James told ESPN. "I'm here for CP. He came to my first Finals appearance, and this is me giving it back to him. We support each other. We've been a brotherhood since we came into the league."
So Paul has two NBA championships just sitting there waiting for him to take. This year's with Phoenix and next year's with LeBron.
In a world of concocted superteams, all titles are not created equal. Paul's possible titles come with different meanings and values. They tell separate stories about Paul and leave opposite legacies.
How would you feel if Paul joined the Lakers to win a title? I would not blame him one bit.
Paul was supposed to have been traded years ago to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would've set up shop with Kobe Bryant. It's true that Paul would have won championships with Kobe had NBA commissioner David Stern not canceled the trade when other team owners complained that the Lakers would be too good.
The fear was that the Lakers would also get Dwight Howard and form a superteam.
It seems so unfair now, as the league is built on superteams, with star players recruiting other ones. It comes across as different, contrived, fake. You think of the legends as being around while a team grows around them. It seems more natural that way. A champion seems more invested that way, rather than joining someone else's party.
I'm not sure that matters any more. Paul is already playing for his fifth team. He goes down as the first superstar journeyman. He won't be the last.
He is 36 years old, and this is probably his last real shot to win a title on what will be seen as his team. Winning one on LeBron's team is not the ideal, but when you've played a long career with less than the competition, it's only natural to want to see what would happen if you changed sides.
Paul hasn't chased the superteam for 16 years, instead working tirelessly, patiently, with class and drive. He brought this Phoenix team together. Still, in his career he has lost three series after taking a 2-0 lead.
Paul's wrist hurts; he wears a compression sleeve on his leg, maybe something with his hamstring. Those aren't temporary excuses. That's called being 36, with 16 years running NBA offenses on your body.
He still has something to prove.
If you want to feel sorry for him, please don't. Give the man the respect to let his legacy live or die based on his fight. If he never wins a title, then he can go down as Patrick Ewing or Charles Barkley. There is nothing wrong with that.
No pity here. No charity case.
21 July, 2021 - 02:10am
Scott Foster, who has officiated 11 straight postseason losses in games Paul has played in, was the crew chief for Tuesday night's game, alongside fellow veteran referees Tony Brothers and Eric Lewis.
Paul is 2-15 overall in playoff games he has played in that Foster has officiated, and he has a contentious history with Foster, who is widely considered to be one of the league's best referees but also has a very public history with the star point guard.
Paul has criticized Foster on several occasions, including after Phoenix's Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
"If I was a betting man, 11 games in a row," Paul said after that game. "Eleven games in a row."
The Suns star also publicly criticized Foster after he called Paul for a delay of game violation in Oklahoma City's Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets last year in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The two Suns games Paul has played in that Foster has refereed in these playoffs are the two most lopsided losses of Phoenix's playoff run -- Milwaukee's 120-100 win in Game 3 of this series and the Lakers' 109-95 win in that Game 3 victory in the first round.
After Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Suns coach Monty Williams pointed out that Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo took more free throws than the entire Suns team.
"I'm not going to get into the complaining publicly about fouls," Williams said. "Just not going to do that. But you can look. We had 16 free throws tonight. One person had 17.
"We got to learn from that. We got to beat guys to the spot."