Chris Paul Once Bullied Stephen Curry In Pick Up Basketball: “Every Game You Play Should Matter That Much”

Published 01/12/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Jan 11, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a three-point basket during the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


Chris Paul and Stephen Curry have had a complicated relationship. From Lob City Clippers to his days with the Houston Rockets and even today, Paul has menace for Stephen Curry throughout his career. Arguably it’s only Curry’s offense that puts him in the league of the NBA’s best points guards. However, it is Paul’s vision, passing, leadership, and willingness to do everything it takes to win that puts him right up there with Curry.

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Stephen Curry revealed an eye-opening story about one of his pickup basketball encounters with Chris Paul. This story is from before Curry even logged his first NBA minute. Curry reportedly revealed this story where a pick-up game was on the line and he was facing against Chris Paul. Curry said that Paul fouled him several times just to get the ball, even in a game where there were no consequences.

Clippers guard Chris Paul in action against Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 126-115. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

When Chris Paul taught Stephen Curry a crucial lesson

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While retrospecting and talking to The Athletic, Curry reportedly narrated“Every game you play should matter that much,”. “Whether it’s an NBA game or a pickup game in the summer at a gym he has named after him at his school. You learn a lot about the will to win. It’s not manipulating the game. Everyone knows the different rules. Use them to help you win. The competitive nature is crazy. It’s real, no matter what.”

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What does this mean for Chris Paul?

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We widely regarded Chris Paul as a point god for a reason. Conventionally, a point guard is supposed to have the best vision and passing skills on the court. And Chris Paul undoubtedly has the best of both these skills. Therefore making him a pain for any opposition he goes up against.

Jan 11, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a foul call during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

However, there are only a few people in the NBA who can compete with Stephen Curry for being the best point guard in the league. Chris Paul tops that list to be fair. He almost single-handedly led the Phoenix Suns’ star offensive duo of Booker and Ayton into the NBA Finals last year. Unfortunately, while they lost, Paul had the backing of almost the entire league to hopefully finally win his first NBA championship. However, it an NBA championship really a true measure for Chris Paul’s impact to the NBA? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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