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SportRockets' Chris Paul talks LeBron's GOAT claim, Harden's epic streak and Warriors

21:55  02 february  2019
21:55  02 february  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Houston point guard Chris Paul on friend LeBron James' claim to be GOAT Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Rockets ' Chris Paul talks LeBron ' s GOAT "They're still the defending champs, and they're still up there until someone' s able to knock them out," Paul said of the Warriors

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Chris Paul snickers at LeBron James' assertion that he's the greatest player of all-time — a bold claim James made a month ago that sparked debate in the basketball world.

Paul isn't turned off so much as he doesn't think there's any other mindset for his close friend to have.

"Why wouldn't he say that?" the Houston Rockets guard told USA TODAY Sports by phone Thursday. "I'd say the same thing. If you don't think you're the best like that, you're in the wrong sport."

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Houston point guard Chris Paul on friend LeBron James' claim to be GOAT : "If you don't think you're the best like that, you're in the wrong sport." Paul ' s teammate, James Harden , also is playing like one of the NBA' s best as the league rolls toward the All-Star break. The reigning NBA MVP has scored

Paul's teammate, James Harden, also is playing like one of the NBA's best as the league rolls toward the All-Star break. The reigning NBA MVP has scored more than 30 points in 25 consecutive games — ranking third all-time — and exploded for 61 points on Jan. 23 after previously scoring more than 50 in back-to-back games (Jan. 14 and Jan. 16).

"It's been great to watch, and even better because he's on my team," said Paul, who recently returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out 17 games. "The injuries we've unfortunately had this season, we've needed him to do what he's been doing. Once we get everybody healthy, hopefully we'll be ready to make a run for the championship."

At 33, Paul sees his nutrition as a key ingredient to his recovery process and ability to stay at the top of his game. He spoke to USA TODAY Sports as part of an announcement for his affiliation as an investor and ambassador for Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat company that's added NBA players such as Paul to its exposure lineup. Paul said since his time in Los Angeles, where he played for the Clippers from the 2011-2016 seasons, he gradually implemented more and more plant-based meat into his diet.

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"When you're 19 and 20 years old, you can eat anything you want. But the older I've gotten, the more you want food to be fuel for your body. After games now, I'll have a (Beyond) burger and the thing is, you feel way better and stronger from it," said Paul, who returned to action from his hamstring injury Jan. 27 against the Orlando Magic.

A similar hamstring injury kept Paul out of Games 6 and 7 of last year's Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Before Paul's injury, the Rockets led the series 3-2, but lost in seven games to the Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry-led Warriors.

"They're still the defending champs, and they're still up there until someone's able to knock them out," Paul said of the Warriors, who just added DeMarcus Cousins to their already loaded arsenal. "Right now, we've gotta worry about us, making sure we're getting better night in and night out."

Houston currently is the No. 6 seed in the stacked Western Conference, while Golden State is No. 1.

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Paul didn't offer any insight into the speculated destination of Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans center who requested a trade Monday. Three NBA team executives who spoke with USA TODAY Sports this week confirmed the Los Angeles Lakers as the top destination for Davis. Paul was in a similar situation almost a decade ago when he was playing in New Orleans and his trade to the Lakers got vetoed by commissioner David Stern. Paul eventually ended up with the L.A. Clippers before moving to Houston in 2017.

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