10 Impressive Facts About Chris Paul You’re Too Lazy to Google
You will not believe these 10 facts about Chris Paul!!!
The Point God himself, Chris Paul. This legendary NBA player has spent time with quite a few different teams throughout his career, and he almost always turns those franchises into winning organizations. But while everybody knows exactly the type of play, we are going to get from him on the court, there is a lot that people don’t know about the current point guard for the Phoenix Suns. Here in this video, we are going to be covering ten of the most interesting facts about Chris Paul as a person. Stick around until the end of the video to find out what really got Chris into the game of basketball and how talented his family is, you won’t want to miss out on that!
Number ten. Most of you probably know this, but Chris Paul was supposed to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers when he was in the beginning of his NBA career. The year was 2011, with the Hornets finalizing a three-team deal that would have paired Paul with the legendary Kobe Bryant over on the Lakers. Once the deal was sent over to the former commissioner David Stern, he looked it over and chose to veto the trade. Everybody involved was completely shocked that the trade was actually vetoed, as it was probably the only trade to ever have been nullified throughout the last few decades in NBA history. Though everything happens for a reason, and just a few days after that debacle the Hornets were able to find a new trade partner for their point guard. Which is when Paul was officially sent over to the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers. The place where he would make a true name for himself and morph into one of the greatest point guards of our generation.
Number nine. Chris Paul is actually a president. No, not that type of president. I am talking about how Paul is the current president of the National Basketball Players Association. He is the 14th president of the group throughout the history of the NBA, and he took this mantle all the way back in the year 2013, where he has sat ever since. The league was in a very tough place the year that Paul was elected president, but he was able to weather the storm as best as he could and get everything ordered. He actually did such a phenomenal job at the helm, that the players opted to re-elect him a couple of years later in 2017. Even though we may be seeing the last of Paul as the president of the NBPA, he has done a terrific job all around at helping out the league in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the NBA Bubble that the playoff teams played in through the end of the 2020 season.
Number eight. Like many NBA players, Paul has a pretty big hobby outside of basketball. That hobby is bowling. Chris has been bowling ever since he was just a little kid living in North Carolina, and despite rolling with basketball as his career choice he has always had a love for the game of bowling. He actually likes the sport so much, that he was able to create the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational. Which, simply put, is just a celebrity bowling tournament. Though the tournament impacts far more than just the celebrities and fans watching it all go down. All of the funds that they earn from this tournament are sent straight over to the Chris Paul Family Foundation. This tournament has been so successful that it has hung around for a very long time. Hell, they celebrated their decade anniversary of the tournament back in 2019! This is something I would definitely recommend checking out if you have the time.
Number seven. Chris Paul and LeBron James surprisingly have very different picture of how their friendship first began. Everybody knows how close Paul and James both are on and off the basketball court. They are also part of the infamous banana boat crew, featuring Paul, James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony. But when a reported asked Paul when he first became friends with James, he said that the two future superstars got together during their senior year of high school when LeBron led his team down to Greensboro for a game. However, LeBron was later asked the exact same question and came out with a different and surprising answer when compared to Paul’s answer. LeBron mentioned that the two of them first became friends a couple of years before their senior year, which is apparently news to Chris, who allegedly didn’t see them as friends until their senior year! Maybe LeBron was just chasing after Paul throughout high school, who knows!
Number six. Back when he was younger, Chris went through a very traumatic experience. He lost his grandfather at the age of 61 when he was still in high school. The very next game that he went out and played, he made it his mission to score 61 points in honor of his late grandfather. He ended up doing just that, dropping 61 points before pulling himself out of the game. The game still had quite a bit of time left and Chris was only five points shy from the all-time record, but he didn’t care about all that. He just wanted to show out and honor his grandfather one last time. In my opinion, this was one of the coolest stories that I have ever heard about and think it is truly special that he was able to have that type of game at the perfect time. Hopefully that wound has gotten better over time for him. His tremendous scoring performance also led to a fantastic season for him and his team. He led the group to the Eastern Regional Finals and was awarded by being named to the McDonald’s All-American team, the first team Parade All American and North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball. He was just a generational type of player throughout his college time, which begs the question as to how he was able to seem like a seasoned veteran despite being so young. Stick around until the end of the video to find out who was his biggest helper growing up.
Number five. His college career was full of insane ups and downs. He opted to go to Wake Forest University and was able to set numerous records in just his freshman season with the school. He broke the freshman record for three-point percentage, free throw percentage, free throws, assists and steals in a single season. Later that year the school qualified for the NCAA Tournament and Paul was named the ACC Rookie of the Year alongside being named to the third team All ACC. Fast forward one season, and he was able to drag Wake Forest to the number one ranking for the first time in school history. However, in the final game of the season, Chris got into a fight with Julius Hodge, who was a member of NC State at the time. Not only was his reputation very damaged for a couple of weeks but he was also handed a one game suspension for the ACC Tournament, something that didn’t help the team whatsoever. His jersey has since been retired with the school as he is now an NBA star. He had himself quite the underrated college history, you rarely ever hear about his accolades back at Wake Forest probably because it is a smaller school when compared to Duke or Kentucky.
Number four. Around the time when Paul was a member of the New Orleans Hornets, he rarely ever played a game in the city of New Orleans. He was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the team but ended up having to play the majority of their contests over in Oklahoma City. The reason for this random change was because of Hurricane Katrina, as it devastated the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. You may have heard about the impact it had on the people there if you know about the New Orleans Saints and their fanbase over in the NFL. But despite this very big change for Paul and the rest of the team, he shined in his rookie year. Chris led every single rookie in points, assists, steals and double doubles. But there’s more, Paul led the entire league in steals that season and became only the second player in NBA history to lead the league in steals as a rookie. This was enough to grant him with the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Number three. Surprisingly, a lot of people aren’t aware that Chris Paul was a member of Team USA multiple times. The first time that he became a member was during the 2006 FIBA World Championship over in Japan. He wasn’t the best player on the team but was still the acting leader for them, leading the roster with 44 total assists to help them clinch the bronze medal. A couple of years later they competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Paul was coming off the bench for the group at the time but was always positively contributing to the team. He dropped 13 points in their final matchup against Spain to help Team USA clinch the gold medal. Fast forward to the next Olympics in 2012 and Chris was promoted to the starting point guard role. This team was absolutely phenomenal and went undefeated throughout the entire tournament, easily claiming the gold medal. Without Paul on these teams, you could imagine some of those games going very differently.
Number two. You have probably seen the various commercials by now, but Chris Paul has been endorsed by quite a few big-name companies throughout his time in the NBA. The two most notable would-be Nike and State Farm. It seems like every single time I tune into an NBA game, I eventually stumble upon an add that involves Chris and sometimes even his two kids. The commercials have been a hit for a long time now and it doesn’t seem like these are going to randomly stop anytime soon. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Chris on the big screen that often when it comes to Nike, but his partnership with them has lasted a long time. Anytime a basketball player is able to finalize a sponsorship deal with Nike they are normally among the top of their class or position, with Paul being no exception of that.
Number one. Chris has a brother, nicknamed C.J., and the two share a very close bond. CJ was just like Chris and played basketball throughout his time in school. He first started out his college career at Hampton University but later flipped over to the University of South Carolina, where he actually went head-to-head against Wake Forest and his brother in 2004. It was just a preseason affair but still a very fun competition between the two brothers. While CJ never took that next step and went full out for an NBA roster spot, he is still closely connected to the league off the basketball court. As a matter of fact, CJ is Chris’s personal manager and has been for quite some time. Probably the biggest reason these two ended up being so good at basketball is because of their father, Charles. Charles taught them the sport of both basketball and football, even coaching them throughout their time in youth leagues. It makes sense though, because Charles is a former athlete of his own which is where he got all of his knowledge from. Apparently, the whole family of Paul’s are tremendous athletes. Maybe someday we will be seeing Chris’s kids in the NBA and living up the legacy of their father who often goes by the name Point God.
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