Chris Paul's Two Year Clippers Anniversary
December 13, 2013
Paul's son, Little Chris,joined his dad at the post-game dais plenty of times during the last two-plus years, but none was more memorable than when he showed the world the "Blake Face" during the 2012 Playoffs.
When Paul arrived in Los Angeles on Dec. 15, 2011 for his introduction to the media among the most memorable things he said was: "Winning with the Clippers would be legendary."
Paul set foot in the Clippers' training facility for the first time in the midst of a huge media gathering.
Of all of the clutch shots Paul hit in his 170 games with the Clippers (including Playoffs), none was more important than his Game 2 winner in the 2013 Playoffs.
Paul's first All-Star MVP award came as a Clipper. He had 20 points and 15 assists in leading a Western Conference victory in Houston.
In the Summer of 2012, Paul became the first Clippers player to represent the United States as an Olympian and win a Gold Medal. It was Paul's second gold, winning in 2008 as well.
Paul won the NBA's KIA Community Assist Award last season for the month of April.
In Paul's third season in Los Angeles, he was united with 2008 NBA Champion head coach Doc Rivers, who has guided the Clippers to a 15-9 record through the first 24 games.
The tandem of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin formed 2/3 of "Lob City" and have been the most successful individuals in franchise history.
Paul's first All-Star game with the Clippers came in Orlando, where he started for the first time with Griffin and had eight points and 12 assists.
When a play works successfully, Paul often turns his back and points to the bench as if to say, "I see you." In this case he didn't need to see Griffin throw it down in the back ground.
Paul, Griffin and Jordan form the best, and most athletic, "Big 3" in team history.
Paul won the Player of the Month Award for his play in Dec. 2012, leading the Clippers to the first undefeated month in franchise history (16-0).
Paul's first Player of the Month award with the Clippers came in Apr. 2012.
Off the court Paul is sometimes mistaken for his twin brother, Cliff, who was born out of a State Farm advertising campaign. Chris is on the court. Cliff, in the form of Fat Heads, is in the stands.
Paul's work in the community has been another staple of his time in the league. Since he's been in Los Angeles he's put in endless time helping members of the community in need.
One of the more triumphant moments of Paul's career came in the Clippers' Game 7 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2012 Playoffs.
Paul's first game against the Lakers in the "Battle for L.A." was one of his finest. It helped start the rivalry with a bang, and a Clipper victory, in the first month of the lockout-shortened season.
Paul often jokes that he plays below the rim, but when he wants to, Paul can still get up and throw one down. While it's not quite like his high-flying teammates, any in-game dunk by Paul is sure to ignite the Staples Center crowd.