Chris Paul
American basketball player
Chris Paul
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He currently serves as one of the vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association. Paul was born and raised in North Carolina. Despite only playing two varsity basketball seasons in high school, he was a McDonald's All-American and accepted a scholarship with nearby Wake Forest University.
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Clippers' Chris Paul could get OK to play vs. Warriors
LATimes - 3 days
If Chris Paul suits up Thursday night when the Clippers play at Golden State, that  would be an encouraging sign as L.A. surges toward the final stretch of the regular season. Paul was typically noncommittal when asked about playing against the Warriors. “Don’t know” was all he said when queried...
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LA Lakers Purge Front Office As The Magic Johnson Era Commences
Huffington Post - 4 days
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LeBron vs. Charles and All-Star snubs among hot topics in the NBA
LATimes - 22 days
A quick scan of the top trending items in the NBA this week:  All-Star Game snubs? There is little clamoring about All-Star Game selection snubs when the most worthy candidate could not have participated anyway. Injured Clippers point guard Chris Paul was worthy of the honor, even if it meant one...
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Carmelo Anthony: Have to be unique guy to handle Knicks drama
ABC News - 28 days
NEW YORK -- On a day when he was asked about everything from Phil Jackson, to wanting to play with Chris Paul and LeBron James, to whether "fake news" prevented him from becoming an All-Star, Carmelo Anthony was booed by home fans before he admitted that the soap opera surrounding him can be "mentally draining," but it's given him a greater appreciation for Knicks legend Patrick Ewing. Anthony's patience is being tried, perhaps in ways even Ewing did not have to deal with when he was under the intense New York media microscope for 15 seasons with the Knicks. Anthony said the drama can get to him. "You've got to deal with that, even though I try not to read it. And everywhere you go, even if you don't hear about it, somebody is telling you about it, somebody is saying something," Anthony said of the trade rumors and drama around him and the Knicks. "It can be mentally draining, mentally fatiguing." It's been quite a...
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Hayward, Jordan garner first NBA All-Star nods - ESPN
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USA TODAY Hayward, Jordan garner first NBA All-Star nods ESPN John Wall shares his reaction to being named an All-Star reserve and looks back on the adversity he's gone through with the Wizards. (0:35). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. 12:02 AM ET. Associated Press. Facebook ... NBA All-Star Game 2017 roster: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard both miss the West teamSB Nation NBA All-Star Rosters 2017: Starters, Reserves, MVP Predictions and ReactionBleacher Report Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas lead NBA All-Star reservesSports Illustrated -USA TODAY -The Advocate all 103 news articles »
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NBA-Clippers forward Griffin set to return against 76ers
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Jan 23 (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is set to return from a lengthy injury layoff with coach Doc Rivers saying the 27-year-old will "most likely" play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. A five-time NBA All Star, Griffin has missed 18 straight games recovering from a knee surgery he had on Dec. 20. His arrival back could not come at a better time for the Clippers (30-16) who last week lost point guard Chris Paul for six to eight weeks due to a thumb injury. The Clippers are 3-7 this season when playing without both Paul and Griffin. Griffin is averaging 21. ...
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Paul to miss 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery
Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, the team announced on Tuesday. Paul, who will undergo the operation on Wednesday, was hurt during the first half of the Clippers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. The Clippers (29-14) have been hit hard by injuries this season and are awaiting the return of All Star forward Blake Griffin, who has missed the last 15 games with a knee injury.
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Clippers' Paul to have MRI on injured thumb
Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul injured his left thumb during his team’s 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday and will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. Paul was injured late in the second quarter while being guarded by Russell Westbrook and did not return for the second half. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Paul underwent X-rays that revealed no bones were broken. ...
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NBA-Jordan emerges as backbone of title-hungry Clippers
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES, Jan 13 (Reuters) - After years of playing the third wheel in a trio of standouts DeAndre Jordan has quietly become the backbone of a Los Angeles Clippers team eager to keep their window of contention from slamming shut. With Chris Paul aging and Blake Griffin ailing, it's Jordan's seven-foot disruption in the paint that is now the franchise's most dependable asset. "(Jordan) is a beast," Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel told reporters after his team's loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
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Clippers can breathe a little easier after three-game winning streak
LATimes - about 2 months
A modest three-game winning streak has eased some of the tension that enveloped the Clippers during a recent rough stretch in which they lost six consecutive games. Now they feel is as if they have their mojo back. “We’re going to be all right,” Chris Paul said late Friday night after his decisive...
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Clippers guard Chris Paul will 'most likely' play against Sacramento tonight, Doc Rivers says
LATimes - about 2 months
Though Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul was “most likely” to play against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, the team officially listed the All-Star point guard as probable. Still, probable is an upgrade for Paul, who has been listed as doubtful while missing the last four games with...
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Clippers' Chris Paul could return Friday vs. Sacramento
LATimes - about 2 months
A left-hamstring injury sidelined Chris Paul for the seventh time in eight games Wednesday night, but the Clippers got some encouraging news about their star point guard and second-leading scorer. Paul completed what Coach Doc Rivers called “a full workout” earlier Wednesday, and both Rivers and...
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Chris Paul decides to sit out Clippers game after all
LATimes - 2 months
The moment arrived early Sunday afternoon and Chris Paul decided he was going to play for the Clippers against the Lakers on Christmas night, telling Coach Doc Rivers that his strained left hamstring was OK. Then after sitting in his locker before the game was scheduled to start, Paul decided his...
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Chris Paul sits out because of hamstring strain; Raymond Felton starts in his place for Clippers
LATimes - 2 months
Chris Paul didn’t play Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks because of a strained left hamstring suffered during the Clippers’ victory over San Antonio on Thursday night at Staples Center. Coach Doc Rivers said that Paul might play Christmas night against the Lakers at Staples Center, a Lakers...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Paul
  • 2016
    On the opening speech of 2016 ESPY's, Paul revealed that one of his uncles is a police officer.
    More Details Hide Details Paul attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he played on the junior varsity team. For his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 steals per game, helping West Forsyth reach the state semifinals. Over the ensuing summer, he led the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic to the National U-17 AAU title, earning tournament MVP honors in the process. During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game; his 61-year-old grandfather was slain earlier in the year and Paul honored him by scoring one point for each year of his life. Paul finished the season with averages of 30.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 6 steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. He was then named a McDonald's All-American, first-team Parade All-American, and North Carolina's Mr. Basketball by The Charlotte Observer.
  • 2015
    A deft midrange shooter, he is especially proficient from the right elbow, leading the league in shooting percentage from that area in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details On defense, he aggravates opponents with active hands and high effort, and has been ranked as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
  • 2014
    He was a key figure in the banning of Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA following racist remarks Sterling made in 2014; in one interview, Paul mentioned a possible boycott if Sterling continued to own the team.
    More Details Hide Details Paul played a significant role in the election of Michele Roberts as the Executive Director of the Players Association, giving a strong recommendation to the executive committee responsible for filling the position.
    In 2014, Forbes ranked Paul as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world with $24.2 million in earnings including $5.5 million in endorsements.
    More Details Hide Details Some of the companies he does business with are Nike and State Farm. He was the cover athlete for the video game NBA 2K8.
    In his 2014 NBA preview, ESPN's Kevin Pelton called Paul the league's best point guard, adding, "a title he's held throughout his career when healthy".
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    In 2014–15, Paul played in all 82 games for the first time in his career, averaging 19.1 points and a league-high 10.2 assists per game.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, he hit a go-ahead shot with a second left to lift the Clippers over the Spurs despite a hamstring injury. The injury forced him to miss the first two games of the next series versus the Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles eventually lost in seven games despite holding a 3–1 series lead. The defeat marked ten consecutive seasons and seven consecutive playoff appearances without a Conference Finals appearance for Paul.
  • 2013
    Paul was selected president of the National Basketball Players Association on August 21, 2013 after having served on the executive committee for four years.
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    His ability to penetrate deep into the paint leads to easy shots for his teammates, and in 2013 he was second in the league in assisted three pointers.
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    In 2013, he was ranked the third best player in the league by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
    More Details Hide Details Paul prefers playing in the half court versus playing up-tempo. He creates scoring opportunities by constantly changing speeds; upon beating his defender one-on-one or shedding him in the pick-and-roll, he will often slow down and box him out, denying him from regaining front side position and forcing the defense to help at all times.
    Prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Paul re-signed with the Clippers for five years on a contract worth approximately $107 million.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a shoulder injury that sidelined him for over a month, Los Angeles set another new franchise record for wins with 57. His final averages were 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. In Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs, he hit a career postseason-high eight three-pointers to help the Clippers take an early series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 5 and with the series tied 2–2, he made a string of late mistakes leading to an eventual Thunder victory, later commenting, "It's me... Everything that happened at the end is on me." Oklahoma City eventually eliminated Los Angeles in six games.
    At the 2013 All-Star Game, Paul led the West to victory with a 20-point and 15 assist performance, earning his first All-Star Game MVP Award.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season averaging 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, helping the Clippers to a franchise-record 56 wins. Seeded fourth in the West entering the playoffs, Los Angeles were defeated in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. Shortly after their early postseason exit, the Clippers announced they would not renew coach Vinny Del Negro's contract and rumors arose of Paul forcing Del Negro out. Los Angeles later denied any player involvement in the coaching decision.
  • 2012
    Two days later, the teams finally made the trade, sending Paul and two future second round draft picks to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected first round pick in the 2012 draft.
    More Details Hide Details Upon the deal's completion, Paul announced that he would opt into the final year of his contract and remain in Los Angeles for at least two more seasons. Paul's arrival to Los Angeles rejuvenated the Clippers franchise, with teammate Blake Griffin later commenting, "It put us on the map." Early in Paul's debut season, the team developed a reputation for their fast paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks, usually from Paul to Griffin or DeAndre Jordan, earning them the nickname "Lob City". Paul finished the year averaging 19.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game, becoming the first Clipper to be named to the All-NBA First Team since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s. Behind his play and the emergence of Griffin as an All-NBA performer, Los Angeles qualified for the playoffs, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.
  • 2011
    On December 8, 2011, the Hornets agreed to a three-team trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details The NBA, who owned the team at the time, nullified the deal, with commissioner David Stern claiming New Orleans would be better off keeping Paul. The teams involved in the trade attempted to lobby the league to reverse its ruling and reconstruct the deal to no avail. On December 12, the Hornets agreed to a trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the deal broke down after the NBA added additional demands to the original terms.
    Paul married his college sweetheart Jada Crawley on September 10, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul, Jr. (born May 23, 2009) and Camryn Alexis Paul (born August 16, 2012). The family resides in a Mediterranean-style mansion in Bel Air, which Paul bought from Avril Lavigne for $8.5 million in 2012. On November 11, 2011, Paul appeared with his family on Family Feud. Paul is a Christian and attends church every Sunday whenever possible. In one interview, Paul commented, "I am so thankful that my parents raised me and C.J. to depend on God's guidance and our faith in Him, and to always be thankful for what we receive." He enjoys bowling and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League called L.A.X. He has hosted and participated in numerous celebrity and youth bowling events as the head of the CP3 Foundation, which benefits programs in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as charities in Winston-Salem.
  • 2010
    Paul had another injury scare on March 6 of the 2010–11 season, suffering a concussion after colliding with Cavalier guard Ramon Sessions and being carried off the court in a stretcher.
    More Details Hide Details He returned two games later, registering 33 points and 15 assists against the Sacramento Kings. With Paul playing a full season, the Hornets qualified for the playoffs and were matched up with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. Paul had a "historically great" performance in the series, contributing 33 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals in Game 1 and 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists in Game 4. His final averages were 22 points, 6.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 54.5 percent shooting. New Orleans were eliminated in six games, and ownership, fearing that Paul would leave the franchise via free agency, began actively pursuing a trade that would provide the team equitable compensation in return for his services.
  • 2008
    Prior to the start of the 2008–09 season, Paul signed a contract extension with the Hornets worth $68 million.
    More Details Hide Details On December 17, he set the NBA record for consecutive games with a steal at 106. On several occasions he came within a few steals of recording a quadruple-double, including a 27-point, 10 rebound, 15 assist, and 7 steal game against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 26. His final averages were 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. Despite Paul's individual accomplishments, New Orleans' record fell from the year before and they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets. After a slow start to the 2009–10 season, the Hornets fired coach Byron Scott. Paul stirred up controversy when he announced his displeasure with the move, commenting that team management should have "consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened." In early February, Paul tore cartilage in his left knee and was sidelined for over a month by surgery, forcing him to miss the All-Star Game. In total, he played in only 45 games and his averages dropped to 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Without Paul, the Hornets struggled, missing the playoffs.
  • 2007
    Paul was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game in the 2007–08, playing in front of his home fans in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Behind his leadership, the Hornets were near the top of the Western Conference standings all year, temporarily occupying first place on March 17 following a win against the Chicago Bulls. New Orleans finished the season with a franchise-record 56 wins and the second seed in the West. Paul led the NBA with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game to go along with 21.1 points per game, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting and being named to his first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams. In his playoff debut, he scored 35 points against the Dallas Mavericks. In Game 2, he set a franchise playoff-record 17 assists. The Hornets defeated the Mavericks in five games, with Paul registering 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists in the final game. New Orleans were eliminated in the next round by the San Antonio Spurs.
    At the 2007 All-Star Weekend, Paul set new Rookie Challenge records with 17 assists and 9 steals.
    More Details Hide Details For his sophomore season, he increased his scoring and passing averages to 17.3 points and 8.9 assists per game, but played in only 64 games due to injury.
  • 2006
    Paul made his debut for the United States national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the competition with a tournament-high 44 assists, helping Team USA win the bronze medal. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he played a key role off the bench, scoring 13 points in a gold medal game victory against Spain. Team USA finished the competition with a perfect 8−0 record. Paul was promoted to the starting point guard position for the 2012 Olympics in London, averaging 8.2 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game en route to another gold medal and undefeated tournament. Standing at 6 feet tall (1.83 m) and weighing 175 pounds (79 kg), Paul plays point guard exclusively.
  • 2005
    Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City that year. Paul finished the season leading all rookies in points, assists, steals, and double-doubles, and became only the second rookie in NBA history to lead the league in total steals. With final averages of 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he was named Rookie of the Year, falling just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously. The only other rookie to receive a first place vote was Deron Williams, with whom Paul enjoyed a brief rivalry early in their careers.
    On April 15, 2005, he announced he would be hiring an agent and turning professional.
    More Details Hide Details On March 2, 2011, Wake Forest retired his jersey.
    Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first ever number one ranking. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets and traded to the Clippers in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013. One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and State Farm.
  • 1985
    Paul was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones.
    More Details Hide Details He has an older brother named Charles "C.J." Paul. A former athlete himself, Charles, Sr. taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods. Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones, to whom Paul attributes many life lessons, and describes as his "best friend".
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