We all know that Chris Paul will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game. But just when we thought we were already aware of how good Paul really is, one of his former New Orleans Hornets teammates revealed that CP3 is more than just a gifted player.
According to former Hornets forward Jason Smith, even during his NOLA days, Paul had always been a shot caller. By that, Smith meant he was not only a vocal leader and playmaker on the court. Smith said CP3 was literally calling the shots as he knew which guy would be open, and he wanted them to shoot right away when he passed them the ball.
"He said, 'Anytime I pass it to you, it's because I see that you're open and you're going to shoot it,'" Smith told FOX Sports. "'If I pass it to you, and you don't shoot it, I'm going to get mad at you because you're open. This is me, as a point guard, telling you to shoot the ball.'"
More often than not, Smith said that Paul was right. Baffled by how CP3 could read all that like a coach while also playing, Smith decided to ask the man himself once. Unsurprisingly, he got a straightforward response from the Point God.
"I was like, 'How do you know that?'" Smith continued. "'How do you know that I'm open and I won't get my shot blocked?' He was like, 'Because I'm a point guard and I'm that good.' I was like, 'You're right, Chris, I'm going to start shooting the ball when you pass it to me.'"
Going for the title
Smith also witnessed how Paul and then-first-time Hornets head coach Monty Williams clicked right away in 2010. Ten years later, the pair reunited in Phoenix, and CP3 was confident the team could achieve something with him, Williams, and Devin Booker.
“Don't nobody know, that year I played for Monty [in New Orleans] … we started out 11-1,” Paul explained. “People don't know that...How I operate in this point in my career. I'm like 'Damn, Devin [Booker] there he nice.' I already know he a dog. Willie there. Willie Green, that's my man. Off the court, I know him he'll keep my mental side. So I was like, 'Man, this could work.'"
Many believe a championship ring is the only thing missing in Paul’s illustrious career. He led the Suns to the Finals in 2021 but failed to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. Will CP3 finally cop a title this season? We’re about to find out.