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Chris Paul
Position: G
Born: 05/06/85
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $21,468,695
Alas, the New Orleans Hornets selected him with the fourth pick, but Paul was happy. It represented a new home, a new beginning and a new chapter in his life. He flew to New Orleans the day after the draft and immediately fell in love with the Crescent City. “There was just an excitement in the city,” Paul said. “One of the first things I remember when they dropped me off at the arena for my first press conference was they were asking me questions about New Orleans. I remember one person saying, ‘Oh, we have hurricanes but they’re not that bad.’ They were telling me about hurricane parties people have at their house. I just thought that was the craziest thing.”
via ABC News
Paul’s first memory of Aug. 29, 2005, was the sound of his mother’s voice waking him up and directing him to the television. The images were hard to fathom as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes. “It was one of the most devastating things I had ever seen,” Paul said. “That was my new home. Even though I had only just gotten drafted, it was going to be my first time away from home and I felt a connection to the city. I couldn’t believe what I was watching.” Hurricane Katrina had struck New Orleans that early Monday morning, and as Paul huddled in front of the television with his family, he looked at his older brother and wondered what the future held for him and his new home.
via ABC News
When Paul was able to return to New Orleans in October, the aftermath of Katrina was as surreal as the images he had witnessed on television. “It gave me chills and goose bumps when I went back,” Paul said. “The first time you’re allowed to go back into the city you could see water marks everywhere. Even watching on TV, I saw St. Charles and the French Quarter and a lot of the streets I had just been on [days earlier], underwater. There was a Foot Action and a Lids [hat store] that I had just went to, and to see them under water is something that I still can’t fathom.”
via ABC News
“It’s one of those unspoken bonds that will never be broken,” Paul said. “I still remember the night I got traded. Me and my brother got on a plane to fly out to L.A. and it was just the two of us on the plane and I remember crying when the plane was taking off. Nobody should feel sorry for NBA players, but when you get traded you don’t get time to tell your closest friends good-bye. You just have to leave. That’s how it was for me. But the city of New Orleans made me who I am as a person and who I am as a player. I’ll never forget that.”
via ABC News
Which brings us to when Davis discussed the Jordan/Paul dynamic, and why Jordan was unhappy enough with the Clippers to agree to play for Dallas (before changing his mind). “It was a false reality,” Davis said of the reports of a CP3/Jordan feud. “It was like they had problems, but they didn’t have problems. We can hang out, have a good time off the court, it just some players rub each other the wrong way. I think that’s what it was and they never really talked about it until DeAndre said ‘I’m going to go to Dallas….’