Back when Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul was a member of the Houston Rockets, he shared a “fake laugh” moment with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. The clip garnered millions of views online, but there are tons of questions on what actually occurred.
Finally, Paul gave us an inside scoop on that hilarious moment.
Paul answered some fan questions online. One fan asked about the fake laugh incident with Kerr, and CP3 went direct to the point and noted that Kerr’s antics weren’t funny at all.
“Why did I fake laugh at Steve Kerr? 'Cause wasn’t s— funny.”
—Chris Paul on his timeless meme with coach Kerr (via @CP3) pic.twitter.com/6XpqWF3E0Z
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2020
The incident occurred in the 2017-18 regular season. Back then, the Warriors were at the peak of their powers. They had Kevin Durant in the fold, as well as a healthy core led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Almost every NBA fan predicted that the Dubs would win another title.
But as the season progressed, Paul surprisingly synched well with Mike D’Antoni’s offense. CP3, who had been used running the plays for his team, took on a different role and let James Harden orchestrate the offense. As such, the Rockets rose to the top of the Western Conference standings. Analysts believed that the Rockets were the prime contenders to dethrone the Warriors.
With that said, Chris Paul’s reaction is pretty understandable. Steve Kerr wanted to kid and joke amid a tense match up, but Paul simply wasn’t having any of it. His mindset during that time was to beat the powerhouse team, which is not a laughing matter.