Having finally broken the Indian sign by finally qualifying, not only in the conference finals but also in the NBA Finals, Chris Paul could not however lift the Larry O’Brien trophy against the Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Still extended by the Suns over four years for $ 120 million, he made his second comeback with the Suns and the veteran point guard wants to stay the course.
“Our expectations are to get to the gym and get back to work from the start. We have to get back to it from day one ”, attacked Chris Paul during the Suns media day. “It’s not as if we arrived in this season and already knew the playoff series. We will resume the basics like last season. There are a lot of things that we can and still want to improve. This is what makes the charm of the season. Going as far as we have been was great, but when we all saw each other again we really remembered the process, all the moments that brought us this far. “
Coming from the Spurs school, Monty Williams has taken over the way of doing things developed by Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. In Phoenix too, training camp will therefore be used to revise the fundamentals. Without skipping a step.
“We must start from the beginning”
Chris Paul believes in any case that his team should not rest on its laurels and be satisfied with its course of the last playoffs. “We have to keep this appetite, this outsider mentality. We have to keep this same energy to start and throughout the season, even if we will have more games on TV. [nationale] than last year. But we also know that the other teams will come to bring us down. We just have to want to beat them more than they want to beat us. And we must continue to build. We know that it will be done step by step. “
A driving force behind the progress of Ayton, Bridges and Payne last season, CP3 will once again have its role of mentor and teacher in the Phoenix locker room. He will also make sure that his teammates have, like him, put the Finals in the rearview mirror. At 36, every opportunity is worth its weight in gold for the leader.
“I haven’t thought about the Finals that often to tell you the truth. It all happened very quickly. I saw pictures [des Finales] recently and I remembered it overall but not necessarily in detail. And then at this point it’s all about focusing on this year. We went beyond [de la défaite] and we understood that, to have a new opportunity to win, we have to start from the beginning. “