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The Golden State Warriors point guard Chris Paul has always maintained a good public image, but his relationship with the NBA referees has often raised eyebrows. With his recent bold claim about the game officials not liking him, the veteran turned many heads.

During his appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Paul implied that the former official Bill Spooner, who bad-mouthed him, could be jealous as he was not featured in the 6-footer’s State Farm advertisement. He also hinted that it could be ref Scott Foster who influenced Spooner.

The 12-time All-Star said, “I’m going to tell you. It’s probably a lot more that feel like that… That ref, I had to look him up when he said (that). What was his name? He was in the league for a long time and you can probably guess who one of his homeboys is. But it was funny, he was probably made that I ain’t put him in the last State Farm commercial…”

Paul referred to Spooner’s remark about him as the “biggest a**hole I’ve ever dealt with!” He also dragged Foster into it because of their infamous feud and the connection both the referees have.

Amid all the controversies, Chris Paul’s future with the Warriors remains uncertain.

Chris Paul Heading Towards Uncertain Future With Warriors

With the summer trade approaching, potential linkup stories are popping up, one of them being Chris Paul’s trade to the LA Lakers.

After Eric Pincus, Greg Swartz of the Bleacher Report said that Paul could explore the incoming offers from several teams, including the purple and gold.

The journalist wrote, “Paul shouldn’t be considered a starter anymore, but he’d still be an effective backup point guard who can play 20-to-25 minutes a night off a contender’s bench after averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 assists, and shooting 37.1 percent from three last season. Going back to Los Angeles is the obvious choice. With no cap space to offer, Paul will sign a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Lakers.”

Paul’s veteran experience, ball-handling skills, playmaking abilities and acumen to provide at both ends of the court could make him a backup asset at the Lakers.