An unstoppable figure in the league, Chris Paul has got used to being a leader in his own way with his teammates. Some, however, find it more difficult to swallow, like a former Clipper who clearly explained why he hated playing with CP3. The handshake will be freezing if these two cross paths again!
As President of the NBPA, the players’ union, Chris Paul is admired by all. Over the years, the leader has indeed succeeded in carrying out several reforms in favor of the players, and has contributed in many ways to the famous era of “player empowerment” which opened a few years ago now. When it comes to the field, however, the Point God has a generally more contrasting reputation, between his leadership deficiencies and the vice he sometimes exhibits.
Nick Young shocked by Chris Paul and his remarks
Among the enemies CP3 has made in the NBA, Nick Young clearly figures prominently. Swaggy P briefly rubbed shoulders with Paul on the Clippers side in 2012, when he was going to be a free agent that summer. Young doesn’t have a good memory of his leader’s behavior, and made it known with an enlightening anecdote in the “Uninterrupted” podcast:
We were doing a King of The Court in training with other teammates, and he was on the sidelines, he was watching but he was not playing. At one point he said to me, “Don’t forget that I’m the key to your next contract. If I don’t pass the ball to you…”
The implication is clear: Chris Paul considered that he had the future of Young in his hands, depending on whether he wanted to score or not during the rest of the season. A sentence that went wrong with Swaggy P.
On his way, the ex-Laker then let go a little more:
I hated playing with Chris Paul, because he passed the ball to you at the last second of possession. He never wanted the turnover to be for him, or to take the complicated shot at the end of 24 seconds. He would dribble, dribble, dribble, then pass the ball to you with 1 or 2 seconds on the clock.
You will have understood: Nick Young is not a fan of Chris Paul, both in his way of being a leader, and in his way of playing. He’s not alone in the league, which attests to the sometimes polarizing personality of the former Rockets and Hornets point guard.
CP3 can console themselves by saying that although the 2 men are the same age, Young has been out of the NBA since 2018 and a last express move to the Nuggets, while he himself continues to evolve at a very high level and is aiming for the title with the Suns. A title that Swaggy P obtained with the Warriors 5 years ago, even if he played a limited role…
If Chris Paul remains highly respected for his involvement in the players’ union, his personality on the floor divides much more. Nick Young, he has clearly chosen his side, and frankly does not seem to want to hear about the Point God anymore…