After taking down Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in the first of the 72-game 2020-21 NBA season for the Suns, Paul joked on Twitter with the veteran Cardinals pass-catcher. “Great to see my brother [Chris Paul] out there with the squad,” Fitzgerald wrote on the social media platform on Thursday morning. “Way to get things rolling!”
Paul, 35, was quick to respond to the Cardinals' franchise leader in receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns, telling Fitzgerald, “Just getting started”.
Just getting started bro!! 🙏🏾🤞🏾 https://t.co/cKY7wfMLng
— Chris Paul (@CP3) December 24, 2020
Fitzgerald, 37, has been in Arizona for a long time, so undoubtedly he would be the best professional athlete to show Paul around the desert. The Cardinals selected the future 11-time Pro Bowl wideout out of Pittsburgh with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Ever since, Fitzgerald has been a mainstay in Phoenix.
Paul joined the Suns via trade this past offseason, with the players association president exiting the Oklahoma City Thunder after a single season and a first-round exit from the 2020 NBA playoffs in Orlando, Florida. Paul and the Thunder were knocked out by his former team, the Houston Rockets, in a tough, nail-biter seven-game series.
Paul totaled eight points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in nearly 28 minutes of action in his debut for the Suns on Wednesday evening, helping Phoenix start 1-0 in 2020-21.
It has been a long journey for Paul ever since his six-season stay in Los Angeles with the Clippers; he has spent three-plus seasons now with four franchises. Hopefully, however, Paul will grow new roots in Phoenix with the Suns, with Fitzgerald as his local shepherd.