Former Teammate Reveals Why He Doesn’t Like to Play Against Chris Paul

Published 12/30/2020, 1:00 AM EST
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) prepares for their game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers were one of the most fun teams to watch during their Lob City era. Chris Paul was the floor general who orchestrated their offense, and Paul became teammates with JJ Redick during that stint.

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Redick was left impressed with Paul, and now that they are on separate teams, he says that CP3 is one of his least favorite opponents. Here’s what he said after facing Paul’s Phoenix Suns team:

“I don’t enjoy playing against anyone, and I certainly don’t enjoy playing against Chris [Paul]. He was a great teammate, really brought out the best in me and all of us in LA. But as an opponent, he tends to squeeze the juice out of every possession.”

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Paul is one of the fiercest competitors in the league, and his desire to win is second to none. So it isn’t surprising that Redick, or anyone in the NBA, is not fond of going against the 10-time All-Star. Tonight, he led the Suns to a win over Redick’s Pelicans, which is exactly what Redick feared would happen.

New team and a new role for Chris Paul

Last season, Paul averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists for the OKC Thunder. His primary job was to create the best looks for his teammates, but he also chipped in with scoring every time. But now with the Suns, there is a slight change.

He is currently averaging just 11.7 points per game and has taken a considerable step back with his scoring. But it is by choice, as his focus is to get the best out of his young and promising Suns teammates. He is averaging 9.5 assists per game and is guiding the Suns to impressive wins.

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Dec 14, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles up the court during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

In their 111-86 win against the Pelicans, Paul just scored nine points but recorded nine assists. He took just four shots all game and didn’t need to do anything extra to guarantee the win. With the Thunder, he was the leading scorer in the clutch and always had to step up in the fourth quarter.

He arrived in Phoenix with the aim of getting them to the playoffs while being a mentor to young stars like Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. It has been an exciting start so far, and the Suns will be hoping to carry this momentum till the end of the season.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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