How do you deal with an issue like Chris Paul? may finally have a solution thanks to the Golden State Warriors.
This week’s episode of Vincent Goodwill’s “Good Word With Goodwill” podcast featured Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Spears’ presentation exposed the Warriors’ anticipated strategy for their new Paul addition from the offseason.
“I do expect him to start,” said Spears of Paul. “I think it’s like five-minute spurts. I don’t know that they really want his minutes to be high. But I think they’re gonna try it… This isn’t an opinion, this is just what I’m hearing that he’s expected to start.”
This summer, the Washington Wizards received a deal featuring Jordan Poole from the Warriors in exchange for trading for Paul. But a lot of people still have serious doubts about the fit, and for good reason. Paul is rapidly nearing the fossil stage at the age of 38, and his deliberate, plodding style of play doesn’t quite mesh with the Warriors’ frantic, free-flowing attack led by Steph Curry.
The wisest course of action may be to make Paul a notional starter and only use him for five-minute cameos at the beginning and end of quarters. Additionally, it should calm Paul, who has started 1,363 of his 1,363 career games (including regular season and postseason), and who appears to be anticipating that trend to continue in Golden State.