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Chris Paul
Chris Paul
Position: G
Born: 05/06/85
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $35,654,150
You’ve had some of the trickiest locker rooms that I’ve been around when it comes to the relationships with your guys. But outside looking in, I’ve sensed that the locker room dynamic in your time in Houston has been really strong and that you haven’t really had many fires to put out. Does that sound about right? Mike D’Antonti: “Oh, that’s definitely the case. And probably, there’s a lot of reasons. Basically, Chris, James, and the guys who were here last year, are good guys. And they like each other. But I think also, not having the shoot-arounds (on game days), and not being around each other all the time, is kind of healthy. You’re not getting tired of the same old shit the guy just said, and you’re like ‘Man, do I have to hear that again?’ It’s good to get away. Even the coaches are less cranky, and that’s when little flash fires start, when everybody is on edge or tired, or bored. And again, it goes back to the players. They’re good, and they understand what’s at stake. But we keep telling them, ‘hey, there’s going to be some days where you’ve got to swallow (your pride) because somebody did something you’re not going to like.’ I mean we all have egos. …Today, this guy is going to yell at you, and tomorrow you’re yelling at another guy and then that guy is yelling at somebody and then everybody’s yelling at (Rockets center) Clint (Capela) (laughs). That’s just the way it is. Just take it for what it’s worth, and there will be moments where everybody is pissed at each other. But it’s got to go quickly, and it does.”
Does it make it more personal now that you’re with Chris, and you know Father Time is knocking on the door? It might be a ways down the line, but you both have that time element. Carmelo Anthony: Yeah, well it makes it that much more special because of our close friendship. I think it’s very similar. We are in the same boat at this moment. We both want to win a championship. We haven’t won a championship. I haven’t been to the Finals. He hasn’t been to the Finals. They were close last year, and I had a chance to get there years back in Denver (the 2008-09 Nuggets came the closest, falling to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals), so there’s some similarities there when it comes to wanting to win a championship. That mindset is what fuels us as friends, as teammates now. It’s something we always talked about, even when we would compete against each other in the summers, we would always talk about winning a championship.
“Obviously I’m a little biased because that’s one of my closest friends,” Paul said at training camp in Houston in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “But, you know, the disrespect that comes at him at times is unbelievable, you know what I mean? So for us, having one of the best players to ever play the game on our team, that’s a no-brainer. I think that’s up for all of us, you know, some of the smartest guys to play the game, to figure out how to make it work.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN