Now in his fourth NBA season, two-time All-Star Chris Paul has become one of the most sought-after interviews in the league. After arriving in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 1 p.m. Thursday, CP3 went through a gauntlet of interviews and appearances, just the beginning of the four-day festivities in the desert, which culminate with Sundays 2009 All-Star Game.
The 6-foot point guard began Thursday by joining Michael Jordan at a Make-a-Wish Foundation event, held at the W Hotel in Phoenix. Paul and Jordan spoke to children with leukemia. Brand Jordan donated $100,000 to Make-A-Wish and gave each of the children tickets enabling them to attend all All-Star events throughout the weekend.
At 4 p.m., Paul taped a TV segment along with Phoenix guard Steve Nash and retired NBA players Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Steve Smith, discussing sports, the economy and the presidential race. The segment will air Sunday on CNN.
At 5:30, the Wake Forest product appeared at a Got Milk? event during Jam Session. Paul spoke to kids about why exercise and drinking milk are important components of living a healthy lifestyle.
Between 6 and 6:30, Paul conducted four separate interviews: a 10-minute chat on ESPN Radio with Mike Tirico; another 10-minute interview with Sporting News Radio; a live interview on ESPNews; and a fourth with Atlantas CBS television affiliate.
Paul wrapped up the day by making a Brand Jordan store appearance with Atlanta guard Mike Bibby, at a local Phoenix mall. Bibby is a native of Phoenix.
Paul and fellow Hornets All-Star David West will play in Sunday's All-Star Game, then immediately travel to Oklahoma City, where the Hornets face the Thunder at 7 p.m. Tuesday.