Chris Paul had arguably the best postseason stretch of his career with the Phoenix Suns last season.
However, many had speculated that Paul might have been injured during the 2021 NBA Finals, and Paul himself recently confirmed as much in an interview with Time’s Sean Gregory.
During the interview, Paul says that he he underwent surgery on his wrist, marking the fourth time in his career he has had surgery on his hands.
“It’s my fourth hand surgery,” says Paul. “So one thing I know about is the mental aspect of rehab. I’m getting there.”
Paul’s injury noticeably hurt his production in the NBA Finals last year against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, he still was productive during the six game series, averaging 21.8 points and 8.2 assists per game on 55 percent shooting and 52 percent shooting from three.
Later on in the interview, Paul discussed how he wants his first trip to the NBA Finals not to be his last.
“Now that I’ve got a taste of what that experience is like…I’m sort of addicted.”
During the offseason, Paul recommitted to the Suns by way of a four-year $120 million contract extension that will keep him in Phoneix until he’s 40 years old.
Paul will be joined by the majority of the same roster next season, including Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges. They’ll look to make another run at an NBA Championship.