DO YOU KNOW CHRIS PAUL?
Here are five things you may not have known about the Clippers’ superstar point guard:
1. When Paul scored his 10,000th point against the Grizzlies on Mar. 13, 2013, he became the fourth youngest player all-time to top 10,000 points and 5,000 assists. He did it before turning 28 years old, joining Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury as the only players ever to do so.
2. As a youngster Paul worked many summers at his grandfather Nathaniel Jones’ Chevron gas station in rural Winston-Salem, NC. The station opened in 1964 and was the first African American-owned gas station in the state. Paul operated the cash register, changed air filters and rotated tires among other duties.
3. On Mar. 2, 2013, following a two-game road trip to Indiana and Cleveland, Paul flew to Winston-Salem to have his jersey retired at his alma mater, Wake Forest. The ceremony took place at halftime of the Maryland-Wake Forest game that Paul attended with his family. He played two seasons at Wake under legendary coach, the late, Skip Prosser. In 2004-05 Paul led the Demon Deacons to their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the polls. He later became the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
4. Paul is an excellent bowler. He actually owns a pro bowling team located in Los Angeles, along with Jerome Bettis, Terrell Owens and comedian Kevin Hart.
“This is exciting for me and for the sport of bowling,” Paul told PBA.com in Nov. 2012. “I love PBA action, have enjoyed getting to know many of the top bowlers and look forward to my team competing for the first PBA League Elias Cup.”
5. Although Paul is from North Carolina, the hometown Carolina Panthers had not yet been added to the NFL when he was growing up. So, Paul, like the rest of his family, became a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys. While he has attended several games at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, he said one of his most unforgettable Cowboys moments was attending training camp in Oxnard, Calif. this summer. He spent the entire afternoon practice on the sideline, helped break the team down at the end with a “1-2-3 Cowboys” chant and talked to several current and former Cowboys greats, including his friend Dez Bryant and Calvin Hill, the father of former Clipper Grant Hill.