“I don’t think you’ve ever seen so many good point guards in one conference at one time in the league ever,” explained Lawson, in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “But you’ve got to win. If you want to be an elite PG in this league, you’ve got to win. You’ve got to be in the conference finals, the NBA Finals. If you’re not winning, you’ll always be a second-tier, or third-tier point guard.”
Of course, that is something Paul has not done.
But why is Lawson, who was traded from Denver to Houston over the summer, even concerned about who is considered elite, and who isn’t considered elite? That’s some ESPN talking heads, stuff. That’s some stuff for fans to debate at the barber shop, and on internet chats boards.
All Lawson should be concerned about is winning games. If you lead your team to victories, the awards, money, and status will come. This is the National Basketball Association, the only thing its players should give a damn about is winning games. The fact that Lawson is even contemplating one’s status tells me his priorities aren’t focused totally on winning games, going to the playoffs and winning titles. I assure you guys like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant aren’t concerned about what their status might be, or anyone else’s. All they are trying to do is get better. Any conversation other than that is counter to their goals.
Win games, Ty Lawson. Win playoff games, and championships. Do that, and the adulation will follow.