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Thunder’s Chris Paul admits ‘some guys probably think it’s hard to play with me’

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There’s this narrative around the league that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul rubs teammates the wrong way because of how much he yells and demands excellence.

Paul reportedly didn’t have the best relationship with Blake Griffin and Doc Rivers on the Los Angeles Clippers. CP3 supposedly also got into it with Houston Rockets star James Harden last season, although both guys denied anything happened.

The Rockets traded Paul to the Thunder this summer in the blockbuster Russell Westbrook trade. As a guest on actor Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls” show, Paul admitted that “some guys probably think it’s hard to play with me.”

Via Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman:

Paul has been a leader in OKC’s young locker room, but he acknowledged that “some guys probably think it’s hard to play with me.”

“I try to compete at a high level always, be a good teammate,” Paul said. “If you can handle that, cool. If not? I do what I can.”

The Thunder will be grooming Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to be the new franchise point guard, but while Paul is on the roster, the two will play together in the backcourt.

OKC is 4-6 on the season. So far, the guys on the Thunder have gravitated toward Paul and his leadership.