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Thunder guard Chris Paul would yell at upperclassmen as a freshman at Wake Forest

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul has a history of yelling at his teammates when they’re not doing something right on the basketball court. Paul demands excellence from everyone and wants things done the right way.

Apparently, Paul has always been like this. The new Thunder floor general even yelled at his upperclassmen as a freshman at Wake Forest.

“The thing is this, as a freshman, he came in yelling at the upperclassmen,” Chris Ellis — who was teammates with Paul in college — told C.L. Brown of The Athletic. “Everybody was looking at him like, ‘What is he doing? You haven’t earned your stripes yet.’ I didn’t understand it.

“He would yell at me the most because I was the 4 and supposed to get the ball out. He wanted the ball as fast as possible, so he could get out in the court. What I didn’t understand at the time was, he was yelling at us because he demanded perfection. He saw how the play was supposed to be run. He would not start the play until everybody was in the right place. His court IQ at that age, knowing what players were supposed to be doing and knowing what we needed, it was amazing to be a part of. I can’t really put it into words.”

Chris Paul played two seasons at Wake Forest before declaring for the NBA Draft in 2005. Paul, who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day, put on a show at Wake Forest. He averaged 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 63 games and was the 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year.

Now on the Thunder, Paul will look to lead OKC to the playoffs next season in the rugged Western Conference. The players on OKC better get ready for CP3 to yell at them if they aren’t where they are supposed to be.