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Ask Chris Paul: Third Edition

April 18, 2007

Over the past several weeks, Hornets fans have submitted questions to Chris Paul through Hornets.com, for our Ask Chris Paul feature. Here are CP3s responses to some of the most interesting queries selected by Hornets.com.

Remember, the only way to participate in Hornets.coms Ask Chris Paul feature is to sign up for Bee-Mail, the official newsletter of the Hornets.

Fans Featured:
Rodney Burton (Philadelphia, PA)
Rick Steinkraus (Oklahoma City, OK)
Jane Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK)
Patrick Belk (Midwest City, OK)

1) Rodney Burton of Philadelphia asks: Chris, would you like to do something in the movies or TV one day?

Chris Paul: Yeah, I’m interested in that. That’s something I think would be a lot of fun, especially movies. I’d also be interested in doing something in TV, maybe broadcasting.

Hornets.com: Well, you now have acting experience from all of the TV commercials you’ve done, right? Do you consider yourself a decent actor?

Chris Paul: I think so. So far, so good. I think I’ve done well on everything except the NBA League Pass commercial. [grins] They tricked me. I told them that the way I (said the lines during the commercial) isn’t really the way I speak, but the (producers of the commercial) told me that all of the other players were talking that way. But if you watch the commercial, I am the only one who shows a lot of enthusiasm!

2) Rick Steinkraus of Oklahoma City writes to compliment you on your buzzer-beating three-pointer against Sacramento on Valentine’s Day. Rick wonders, Chris, did you have any buzzer-beaters during your career at Wake Forest that produced a last-second win? Also, how old were you when you started playing basketball?

Chris Paul: No, I never did have a buzzer-beater to win a game at Wake. I wish I had. I had a few shots in the last minute of a game that put us ahead in college, but never one where we were tied up or down by one point and I made a shot right before the buzzer.
As far as when I started playing, I was 4 years old. When I turned 5, I started playing in a league.

3) From Jane Taylor of Oklahoma City. Chris, what college degree are you working on and how will that degree fit into your plans down the road?

Chris Paul: I was majoring in communications, with a minor in religion. I’m in the process now of graduating, but I may be changing my major to religion. I have already taking a lot of classes in communication and public speaking. I’m not sure what I will do with the major in religion; I’m doing that more because I am just very interested in that subject and finding out more about my religion, Christianity.

Hornets.com: You have to do hundreds of interviews now that you are a star player in the NBA. Do you think some of the communications classes you took at Wake Forest have helped you handle all of the media attention you receive?

Chris Paul: I think so. But the classes were a lot different than the actual experience of doing the interviews – this is real life. I think high school prepared me very well, also. I was on “Good Morning, America” my senior year in high school, and that was the most nervous I’ve ever been in front of a TV camera! [smiles] That pretty much prepared me for everything.

4) Lastly, from Patrick Belk of Midwest City, Okla. Chris, I have lived here in OKC for most of my life, but I am originally from Rock Hill, S.C. What is it like to be in the big time but live in a not so big city?

Chris Paul: I love it. Last year, when I went home to Winston-Salem after our season ended, the first night I went to sleep and woke up the next morning, it was almost like this NBA lifestyle was a whole other life. It was like it was a dream, and then I woke up in my bed at home. I was watching the playoffs on TV, and thinking about how big the games were, and I thought to myself, ‘It’s crazy, because I play against all of those guys every night.’

Hornets.com: Do you think you’re the kind of person who feels more comfortable living in a place like New Orleans or Oklahoma City, two cities that are relatively small compared to a New York, Chicago or Los Angeles?

Chris Paul: Most definitely, because I’m from a smaller town and my family is all there. I’m used to living in a place where I see people every day who I know well. And I’m such a homebody. I’m very content just playing basketball, watching TV and spending time with my family.

4b) The second part of Patrick’s question is, how do visiting players view Oklahoma City?

Chris Paul: They don’t think there is a lot to do, but they are only here for a night or two nights when they come in to play against us. As far as the crowd in Oklahoma City at games, they think it’s great for us, but they hate it (from their standpoint). They envy our crowds, and that is a big credit to the fans. Players come here and know that they’re going to be tested, and that we’re going to play hard for 48 minutes. The main reason behind that is because the fans stay with us the whole game.

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