Chris Paul has apparently been watching the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby lately because he used a quote from it in his introductory press conference in Houston on Friday. The nine-time All-Star was traded from the Clippers to the Rockets this summer.
Paul was asked if his primary focus is to win a championship with the Rockets. He replied:
“Absolutely, me and James (Harden) talked about it. Some people are built different, and kudos to them who are like that, but I’m built different. I always say I’m the most competitive person I know, and look at my wife, she rolling her eyes probably. Some people may say that’s a good thing, some people may say it’s a bad thing, but I’m ultra-competitive, so there’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win.
“I think Ricky Bobby said it best, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last,’ right? Right? Straight-up. We have one goal here, and that’s to win.”
So there you have it: Paul is on a mission to win his first ring, he’s…