Kenny Anderson knows a thing or two about being an elite point guard – mainly because he was one – and even he’ll tell you that an elite point guard can’t do it alone in the NBA. Which is why Chris Paul – who is one of the best players of his era but who is yet to reach a conference finals, much less an NBA Finals – might need to look for a change of scenery this offseason.
The Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs, again, and Paul, who turns 32 on Saturday, isn’t getting any younger.
“I think that point guard position in the league, to win a championship by yourself if you don’t got another running mate, it’s very difficult,” Anderson said in studio on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “A point guard can’t do it (alone) in the league. You have to have those pieces together, and I thought him with Blake (Griffin) was supposed to get over the top. It never happened. It’s just very tough for a point guard to totally take control of a team and will them to win. That’s just a hard position to be in as a point guard.”
The Clippers have lost in the first round of the playoffs in three of the last five years, including each of the last two. Paul averaged 25.3 points, 9.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game against Utah.
Didn’t matter. The Jazz still beat the Clippers in seven, winning three out of four in Los Angeles.
“(Chris Paul), he’s got great numbers over his time,” Anderson said. “I think he’s a great leader. But in the league, you have to have those pieces and a supporting cast around you to be successful.”
Case in point: Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City point guard averaged a triple-double in both the regular season and the postseason but had exactly one playoff win to show for it.
“You can’t do it,” Anderson said. “You can’t win like that with a point guard like that.”
Anderson, 46, also discussed his upcoming film, “Mr. Chibbs, Basketball is Easy, Life is Hard,” which chronicles his life and career on and off the court. Anderson, the former Archbishop Malloy standout, is perhaps the best prep player in New York history. He led Georgia Tech to the Final Four in 1990, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 Draft, and played in the league for more than a decade, earning one All-Star nod.
Through it all, though, Anderson battled various demons that were due, in part, to being sexually abused as a child.
“(The film is) just my life story, man,” Anderson said. “I’m kind of an open book. This was honest, just to give back to the youth. There’s some people out there dealing with some of the same issues I was going through and being on that stage of an NBA player, a celebrity. If I’m going through it and I’m coming out, maybe you could get some help.”