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 PHOENIX When the Phoenix Suns schedule comes out each August Devin Booker looks for dates Among them are the four days of the WM Phoenix Open each winter Usually time doesn t work Even if the Suns are in town for tournament week the demands of NBA games make it difficult to attend a midseason golf tournament This season however it fell into place The team plays Indiana on Friday February 10 which is the day of the second round of the golf tournament but then the Suns have three days off before a home date with the Kings on February 14 For the final rounds of the weekend Booker and Chris Paul will be at TPC Scottsdale watching and enjoying the show with hundreds of thousands of fans I m excited Booker said a little over 12 hours after scoring 51 points against the Chicago Bulls Most of the time we have been out of town A couple of times we ve gotten to experience it Just the atmosphere Booker spoke Thursday on a stage at Chase Field for the WM Phoenix Open kickoff luncheon Because he and Paul will be attending the tournament they were the featured lunch guests a list that previously included Michael Phelps and Larry Fitzgerald Kicking off the session which was hosted by Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall the two talked about their shared love of golf Paul for his part first played for TPC Scottsdale when he was in town for the 2009 NBA All Star Game Before that visit his trips to Phoenix had always been round trips lap But being in town for a few days with minimal basketball commitments he was able to get out and play 18 holes More than a decade later the weather and the golf he experienced on that trip were secondary factors in his decision to come to Phoenix one that undoubtedly focused more on Booker and the team s ability to fight for titles Booker found the game later in part because he entered the NBA a decade after Paul So on Thursday when Hall asked Paul if he was a better golfer the point guard didn t hesitate Phoenix Suns Chris Paul and Devin Booker are interviewed by Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall during the kickoff luncheon for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open at Chase Field in Phoenix Photo Rob Schumacher The Arizona Republic Mr Booker can tell you what happened the last time we played Paul said but the answer to your question is yes For much of their session with Hall the pair s chemistry was evident in their good banter At one point Hall asked Paul why he played college at Wake Forest It was to be close to home but also because it was a great academic school Really He wasn t a college phenom who knew he was going to the NBA Paul said Mid sentence Booker chimed in The same reason I went to Kentucky he said drawing laughter from the large crowd present This guy makes me laugh Paul replied He continued This man doesn t even before breaking off before implicating Booker That s for another day Throughout his session those kinds of jokes continued At one point Paul mentioned that the first time he went to the Phoenix Open was in 2020 on the morning of a game between the Suns and the Thunder for whom Paul was playing at the time He really doesn t like this story because it was game day Paul said The implication as Booker acknowledged is that Paul felt he could go to a golf tournament on the morning of a game because the Suns coming off a 19 win season weren t a threat to his Thunder Today of course that is no longer the case At 15 6 the Suns are atop the Western Conference and among the favorites to win the NBA title The change as endlessly recounted thus far began in the COVID bubble of 2020 when the Suns went undefeated at 8 0 Paul was partially convinced to come to Phoenix first in that stretch which included a win over his Thunder That game also comes up in Paul and Booker s pranks Let me say one thing about going undefeated Paul said We the starters didn t play the second half We play them in the bubble He always reminds me that they beat us but we didn t play the second half Photos Check out the fans at the 2022 WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale See 26 photos Source link
Chris Paul and Devin Booker talk golf at WM Phoenix Open luncheon

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PHOENIX — When the Phoenix Suns schedule comes out each August, Devin Booker looks for dates. Among them are the four days of the WM Phoenix Open each winter. Usually time doesn’t work. Even if the Suns are in town for tournament week, the demands of NBA games make it difficult to attend a midseason golf tournament. This season, however, it fell into place. The team plays Indiana on Friday, February 10, which is the day of the second round of the golf tournament, but then the Suns have three days off before a home date with the Kings on February 14. For the final rounds of the weekend, Booker and Chris Paul will be at TPC Scottsdale, watching and enjoying the show with hundreds of thousands of fans. “I’m excited,” Booker said a little over 12 hours after scoring 51 points against the Chicago Bulls. “Most of the time we have been out of town. A couple of times, we’ve gotten to experience it. Just the atmosphere.” Booker spoke Thursday on a stage at Chase Field for the WM Phoenix Open kickoff luncheon. Because he and Paul will be attending the tournament, they were the featured lunch guests, a list that previously included Michael Phelps and Larry Fitzgerald. Kicking off the session, which was hosted by Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, the two talked about their shared love of golf. Paul, for his part, first played for TPC Scottsdale, when he was in town for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. Before that visit, his trips to Phoenix had always been round-trips. lap. But being in town for a few days with minimal basketball commitments, he was able to get out and play 18 holes. More than a decade later, the weather and the golf he experienced on that trip were secondary factors in his decision to come to Phoenix, one that undoubtedly focused more on Booker and the team’s ability to fight for titles. Booker found the game later, in part because he entered the NBA a decade after Paul. So on Thursday, when Hall asked Paul if he was a better golfer, the point guard didn’t hesitate. Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul and Devin Booker are interviewed by Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall during the kickoff luncheon for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open at Chase Field in Phoenix. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic) “Mr. Booker can tell you what happened the last time we played,” Paul said. “…but the answer to your question is yes.” For much of their session with Hall, the pair’s chemistry was evident in their good banter. At one point, Hall asked Paul why he played college at Wake Forest. “It was to be close to home, but also because it was a great academic school. Really. He wasn’t a college phenom who knew he was going to the NBA,” Paul said. Mid-sentence, Booker chimed in: “The same reason I went to Kentucky,” he said, drawing laughter from the large crowd present. “This guy makes me laugh,” Paul replied. He continued, “This man doesn’t even,” before breaking off before implicating Booker, “That’s for another day.” Throughout his session, those kinds of jokes continued. At one point, Paul mentioned that the first time he went to the Phoenix Open was in 2020, on the morning of a game between the Suns and the Thunder, for whom Paul was playing at the time. “He really doesn’t like this story, because it was game day,” Paul said. The implication, as Booker acknowledged, is that Paul felt he could go to a golf tournament on the morning of a game because the Suns, coming off a 19-win season, weren’t a threat to his Thunder. Today, of course, that is no longer the case. At 15-6, the Suns are atop the Western Conference and among the favorites to win the NBA title. The change, as endlessly recounted thus far, began in the COVID bubble of 2020, when the Suns went undefeated at 8-0. Paul was partially convinced to come to Phoenix first in that stretch, which included a win over his Thunder. That game also comes up in Paul and Booker’s pranks. “Let me say one thing about going undefeated,” Paul said. “We (the starters) didn’t play the second half. We play them in the bubble. He always reminds me that they beat us, but we didn’t play the second half”. Photos: Check out the fans at the 2022 WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale See 26 photos

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