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Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Reveals a Funny Reason Why he Adores “Old School” Chris Paul

Published 09/26/2023, 3:26 AM EDT

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Chris Paul’s addition to the Golden State Warriors is one of the biggest off-season headlines. The move raised eyebrows, given the fierce battles that the Warriors had previously waged against the veteran point guard. Regardless of the past, it is certain that CP3 brings valuable leadership and veteran experience. However, his arrival also brings a looming question mark. Despite understanding what Paul can get to the team, uncertainty persists regarding his role and position within the roster.

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While the composition of their big men can vary, their top starters have always been predetermined. Furthermore, Chris Paul has never come off the bench. The element is said to create a black cloud amongst the Warriors. However, Steve Kerr recently hilariously tackled a question regarding Chris Paul, hinting that things might be more clear in the Warriors locker room than fans think.

Steve Kerr opens up on Chris Paul


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In a recent media interaction, Steve Kerr was asked several questions about the Warriors’ upcoming season. Considering Pual to be the greatest acquisition this summer, he was asked to share his perspective on Chris Paul and how well Paul is integrating with his new team.

Kerr, hilariously beginning his appreciation for the vet, said,“I really like Chris because he like phone calls and not texts. Chris is old school, he wants to talk and we’ve had 4-5 great conversations this summer.” Additionally, Kerr shared his admiration for Paul’s competitive spirit and high basketball IQ.


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With Paul on the roster, Kerr has recently claimed that they now possess “six starters.” Kerr’s statement underscores his recognition of Paul’s value and skillset, not underlining him as a bench player. Despite Kerr’s take, the certainty of the Warriors’ starting five still remains undecided.

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Steve Kerr is unwavering in his determination to find a solution during the training camp. Yet, he also acknowledges the possibility that some players may need to accept coming off the bench. Nevertheless, he assures that all six players will log substantial minutes for the team. What Kerr needs from the players is to embrace their roles, irrespective of their positions.

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The Warriors’ acquisition of Chris Paul was as masterful as Paul’s basketball skill set. It not only addressed their concern from past seasons of lacking a veteran presence but also paved the way for financial flexibility in the future.

Paul can’t effectively play at the 4 or 5 positions due to his size, and the number 3 position might be a stretch as well. Moreover, when discussing the guard position, the Warriors have traditionally featured a fixed lineup of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. However, the Warriors have a unique role in mind for Paul, one that suits his strengths.

Given their struggles in the previous season, they likely want Paul to lead their second unit. Paul has demonstrated effectiveness in guiding inexperienced players, an area where the Warriors aim to improve.


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If the Warriors decide to include Paul in their starting lineup, they may appear undersized. However, once the Warriors assess the strengths and weaknesses of various lineups, they can deploy different starting fives on a game-to-game basis. For this strategy to work, Paul may need to make the sacrifice of relinquishing his starting spot on more than a few occasions for the greater good of the team.

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Written by:

Saahil Dhillan


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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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