Chris Paul basketball camp interview

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

New Orleans Hornets three-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul was interviewed by a large group of New Orleans reporters this morning at his annual basketball camp, held on the campus of Tulane University. Here are a few of the highlights from the discussion:

Opening statement:
“Like I said yesterday, the meeting (with Hornets management) went really well. I stay committed to the city of New Orleans. Everything else that will be talked about, like Mr. Demps said, we’re going to keep (private).”

On his commitment to the city of New Orleans:
“It’s so fun to be back here, because I do a camp here every year. I love the city of New Orleans. I stay committed. Coming soon, I’m actually in the process of starting an after-school program for some of the schools here in New Orleans.”

On whether he could envision playing in another city:
“I’ve never been able to envision it. I’ve been here my entire career.”

On being asked by a camper about his future:
“You have fun with it. These kids watch TV. I just have fun with it. When I have these camps, the sky’s the limit for what these kids are asking. They’ll ask you (things like) ‘Can you beat Michael Jordan?’ As much fun as the kids have, I have more.”

On how his camp shows how much he means to New Orleans:
“I love it. This community has been something special to me. You guys (New Orleans media members) know that. You guys who are around me day in and day out, you know how much I love this community and what we try to do in the community. The camps are just continuing to grow.”

On if he’s concerned about the Hornets fan base’s perception of him:
“The one thing I’ve learned is that you have to be who you are. People who know me know that I am who I am. I have a wonderful family who is always there for me, they love and care for me. I’m going to continue to be the same person I am.”

On importance to him of winning:
“It’s always been about winning. If you ask anybody in the NBA, I hope it’s about winning. All of us are competitors. I don’t care what you do or what field of expertise you are in. When you guys are writing a story, you want it to be the best story out there, right? The same thing with me. When I’m playing basketball, I just want to win.”

On whether anyone in his close basketball circle has said anything that was untrue:
“Not that I know of. I’m with my family every day. I can’t control all of those different types of things. One thing I can control is these drills (during camp).”

On the new coaching staff:
“I’ve had an opportunity to meet the assistant coaches once. I really have the utmost respect for Coach Williams, his work ethic. We’ve had an opportunity to talk. He has a lot of great things in store. I’m just excited about what’s ahead.”

On whether he’s concerned there will be discussion among the media about his status throughout the upcoming season:
“I’m sure something else will come up. It’s the NBA. Something else will come up.”