When a future Hall of Famer joins a team that’s returning a championship-winning starting lineup, someone has to sacrifice. Chris Paul already showed he was willing to make a huge sacrifice: He flew Southwest Airlines to the Bay Area.
The Warriors veterans (Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson) have set up player workouts in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco this summer. Motivation level is obvious. Mike Dunleavy: “Chris Paul took a 6 am Southwest flight up here for a workout.” pic.twitter.com/sPaAhn1Lgm— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 25, 2023
Golden State Warriors veterans are working out ahead of training camp, getting a jump on integrating Paul into the team. According to general manager Mike Dunleavy, the players have set up workouts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. They’re all giving up their off-season time, but only one of them is getting there on Southwest Airlines.
Looking at Southwest’s schedule, I think we can assume that Paul took the 6:30 AM direct flight from LAX to SFO, which got him into town at 7:50. Dunleavy unforturnately did not share whether Paul managed to check into his flight early enough to get in Boarding Group A, which would have saved him important time when disembarking. After all, Paul always has excellent efficiency numbers.
It’s a good sign that Paul is willing to make these sacrifices already, since Steve Kerr hasn’t committed to Paul joining the starting lineup. But if Paul is willing to cram his body into a narrow Southwest Airlines seat, sitting on the bench seems relatively easy.
Steve Kerr still hasn’t decided whether Chris Paul will start. He said the Warriors will look at various lineup combinations during camp.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 25, 2023
“If this is going to work, everyone is going to have to embrace it regardless of who starts.”
Full detailed Kerr response. pic.twitter.com/UtdyQKEms8
Of course, he still has some pride, even when taking the MUNI of the sky to San Francisco. It’s not like he took an early-morning flight on Spirit Airlines, which is the BART of the sky.
Still, we need to know more about this flight. Did Paul take the AirTrain? Did Klay Thompson sail to the practice? What took longer: Paul’s flight to San Francisco, or Steph Curry’s morning commute from Atherton? Does CP3 ever make no-look passes with bags of pretzels to his fellow passengers?
But the most important part is the veterans are showing solidarity and teamwork. Because everyone has to be worried that after a whole season with Draymond Green, CP3 will wanna get away.