The relationship between Golden State Warriors fans and Chris Paul has always been intriguing and entertaining. Paul’s antics — he’s a notorious flopper, and infamous for trying any and all tricks to earn a win — have made him an easy target for Warriors fans.
Yet at the same time, Golden State fans have to respect the basketball ability of the 10-time All-Star, as well as his friendship with Steph Curry.
But more importantly, their paths just seem to keep crossing. The Warriors encountered Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2014 playoffs, when Golden State was on the up-and-up, and trying to surpass the star-laden Clipps. And then, once Paul joined the Houston Rockets, the Warriors ran into him in the playoffs twice more. And the moments were always fun.
Especially this one:
Paul spent last season on the Oklahoma City Thunder, and because the Warriors decided to take the year off, we were denied any more showdowns between he and Curry.
But that’s primed to change. The Warriors are getting Curry and Klay Thompson back, and are ready for another run towards the top of the mountain. And Paul seems to be on the move.
The Thunder have reportedly been shopping Paul hard — no surprise given that they’re rebuilding around a vast number of draft picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Paul is 35 and owed a lot of money — but it’s unclear where he might end up. There have certainly been plenty of rumors of him teaming up with his good friend LeBron James on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, and while that wouldn’t be good for the Warriors title odds, it certainly would make for tremendous theater.
SB Nation Reacts recently polled NBA fans on where Paul will be playing in 2021, but no clear favorite emerged.
So where do you want to see Paul, Dubs fans? On the sorry New York Knicks, where the Warriors can beat up on him twice a year? On the Lakers, where the Warriors will have their hands full trying to contain him? Somewhere else?
It will certainly be one of the most interesting storylines for what is shaping up to be a very short offseason.