Chris Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Let’s find out some interesting facts about him!
1. Christopher Emmanuel Paul was born May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2. His parents are Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones.
3. He has an older brother named Charles “C.J.” Paul.
4. A former athlete himself, Charles, Sr. taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods.
5. Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones, to whom Paul attributes many life lessons, and describes as his “best friend”.
6. One of Pail’s uncles is a police officer.
7. Paul attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.
8. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he played on the junior varsity team.
9. For his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 steals per game, helping West Forsyth reach the state semifinals.
10. Over the ensuing summer, he led the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic to the National U-17 AAU title, earning tournament MVP honors in the process.
11. During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game; his 61-year-old grandfather was slain earlier in the year and Paul honored him by scoring one point for each year of his life.
12. Paul finished the season with averages of 30.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 6 steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals.
13. He was then named a McDonald’s All-American, first-team Parade All-American, and North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball by The Charlotte Observer.
14. As a freshman, Paul averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for Wake Forest University, setting school freshman records for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists, and steals.
15. Behind his play, the Demon Deacons qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Sweet Sixteen to St. Joseph’s.
16. At the conclusion of the season, Paul was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-ACC.
17. For two weeks early in Paul’s sophomore season, Wake Forest was ranked number one in the nation for the first time in school history.
18. In the final game of the year, Paul punched NC State guard Julius Hodge in the groin and received a one-game suspension for the ACC Tournament, an incident that marred Paul’s image for a short time.
19. The Demon Deacons again qualified for the NCAA Tournament but suffered a second round upset at the hands of West Virginia.
20. With final averages of 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, Paul was eventually named First Team Consensus All-America, and with a 3.21 grade point average (GPA), he was also named to ESPN’s Academic All-America Team.
21. On April 15, 2005, he announced he would be hiring an agent and turning professional.
22. On March 2, 2011, Wake Forest retired his jersey.
23. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets and traded to the Clippers in 2011.
24. Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013.
25. One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and State Farm.
26. Paul married his college sweetheart, Jada Crawley, on September 10, 2011.
27. Together they have two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul, Jr. (born May 23, 2009) and Camryn Alexis Paul (born August 16, 2012).
28. The family resides in a Mediterranean-style mansion in Bel Air, which Paul bought from Avril Lavigne for $8.5 million in 2012.
29. On November 11, 2011, Paul appeared with his family on Family Feud.
30. Paul is a Christian and attends church every Sunday whenever possible.
31. Ιn one interview, Paul commented, “I am so thankful that my parents raised me and C.J. to depend on God’s guidance and our faith in Him, and to always be thankful for what we receive.”
32. He enjoys bowling and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League called L.A.X.
33. He has hosted and participated in numerous celebrity and youth bowling events as the head of the CP3 Foundation, which benefits programs in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as charities in Winston-Salem.
34. Paul’s brother, C.J., played college basketball at Hampton University and University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2004, they played against each other when Wake Forest had a preseason exhibition with USC-Upstate.
35. C.J. now works as Chris’s personal manager.
36. Paul is close friends with footballer Reggie Bush; the two lived in the One River Place complex in the New Orleans Central Business District while Bush was playing for the Saints. They also shared a personal chef.
37. In 2014, Forbes ranked Paul as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world with $24.2 million in earnings including $5.5 million in endorsements. Some of the companies he does business with are Nike and State Farm. He was the cover athlete for the video game NBA 2K8.
38. Paul was selected president of the National Basketball Players Association on August 21, 2013 after having served on the executive committee for four years.
39. He was a key figure in the banning of Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA following racist remarks Sterling made in 2014; in one interview, Paul mentioned a possible boycott if Sterling continued to own the team.
40. Paul played a significant role in the election of Michele Roberts as the Executive Director of the Players Association, giving a strong recommendation to the executive committee responsible for filling the position.