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Charles Barkley says he wants Chris Paul to win a championship before retirement

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Not everybody can win a championship. While some superstars like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal enjoyed the best of both worlds; being greats and winning it all, some of the biggest names in NBA history have retired without claiming a ring. 

Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton and Tracy McGrady are just a few names that spring to mind when you think of legends to never get their hands on the trophy while other less talented players such as Robert Horry won seven times - it's a strange game. 

There are a number of current players who have not enjoyed the taste of ultimate success despite a plethora of All-Star appearances and All-NBA selections. The list includes Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant among many others. 

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Dwight Howard is one of those guys who has never got his hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy, and he spoke to Barkley and the 'Inside the NBA' team on Tuesday as he stood in for O'Neal. 

Speaking about championships, 1993 MVP Barkley insisted he wanted Dwight to finish his career with a ring as it was still something that bothered him having retired 16 years ago. The 53-year-old analyst said he was always rooting for people to win their first title and was keen to see L.A. Clippers point guard Chris Paul become a winner. 

Speaking to the Houston Rockets center, he said: "I would like to see you win a championship because, I don't go crazy, but it bothers me a little bit that I didn't win a championship.

"I want to see guys, I root for Chris Paul, I root for Kevin [Durant] and Russell [Westbrook], I rooted for LeBron [James] when he was in Cleveland 

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"I want to see guys who are great players win the championship. Right now, I don't pray because I'm not a religious person, but I want to see Chris Paul win the championship because I think, to me, he's the best leader in the NBA."

The Clippers were in a brilliant position to really make their presence felt in the postseason this year before it all came crashing down around them. 

After finishing fourth in the west with a 53-29 record, their big three of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were all fit and ready to go.

However, Paul broke his hand while Griffin suffered a recurrence of the quad problem that made him miss a huge chunk of the regular-season as the L.A.-based franchise surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose in six to the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Their chances of winning were slim given the presence of Golden State in the next round, but the Clippers were robbed of the chance to show exactly what they could do.

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NBA
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Chris Paul
LA Clippers
Pacific Division
Dwight Howard
Houston Rockets
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