Chris Paul on being traded to the Thunder: “I had to prove myself”

Chris Paul
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Chris Paul talked about his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2019.

The multiple time All-Star talked about his mindset heading into his first season with the Thunder and admitted he had to ‘prove’ himself to the team.

“The thing as a hooper is confidence…so when I went to Oklahoma, I had already started my training, so when the trade happened, I wasn’t tripping… I was more pissed about being away from the family.

When I got to Oklahoma, I had to prove myself…Whether that’s the case or not, if the media puts you out there as somewhat washed, then people start to think that.

I had to prove myself to my Thunder teammates, to my coaches, to everybody in the organization. I had to show that I could stay healthy. I had to prove all this stuff,” Paul told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the All The Smoke podcast.