Chris Paul

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Chris Paul
Chris Paul dribbling 20131118 Clippers v Grizzles.jpg
Paul with the Clippers
No. 3 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 28)
Forsyth County, North Carolina[a]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school West Forsyth
(Clemmons, North Carolina)
College Wake Forest (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
20052011 New Orleans Hornets[b]
2011–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Emmanuel "Chris" Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Paul was born and raised in North Carolina. Despite only playing two varsity basketball seasons in high school, he was a McDonald's All-American and accepted a scholarship with nearby Wake Forest University. After his sophomore year with the Demon Deacons, he declared for the draft. Since being selected 4th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Paul has been an NBA Rookie of the Year (2006), a seven-time All-Star, an All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a multiple-time All-NBA and All-Defensive team honoree. He led the Hornets to the second round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. He has also won two Olympic gold medals with the United States national basketball team.

Off the court, Paul enjoys bowling and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League.[3] He has 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.[4][5][6]

On August 21, 2013, Paul was elected the National Basketball Players Association president.[7]

Early years

Chris Paul was born in North Carolina in 1985, as the second son of Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones, two years after Charles "C.J." Paul in 1983.[8] Charles and Robin were childhood friends who grew up in Winston-Salem and were members of Dreamland Park Baptist before marrying in 1982.[8][9] A former athlete himself, Charles taught his sons the games of basketball and football and coached them in various youth events throughout their childhood.[8] Paul was a gifted athlete, going to the national Pop Warner football championships as a quarterback and linebacker on the Lewisville Titans Junior Pee Wee team,[10][11] and winning several 14U AAU national tournaments in basketball.[11]

Besides athletics, the Paul brothers spent their summers operating the cash register, rotating tires and changing air filters at Jones Chevron, a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones on their mother Robin's side. Affectionately known as "Papa Chilly" throughout the community, Jones had operated the station, the first such African-American-operated service station in North Carolina since 1964 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.[12][13] Paul describes his grandfather as "his best friend" and credits many life lessons to him.[14]

High school

In 1999, Paul began attending West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, where C.J. was already a star junior at point guard. Despite Paul's talent, he was at a significant disadvantage due to his 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m) stature. Paul opted to play on the JV basketball team his freshman and sophomore years, believing that the opportunity to gain confidence and experience on the JV would be more beneficial than sitting on the bench on varsity.[15] Meanwhile, Paul grew to 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) by his sophomore year.[11]

By the time Paul had ascended to the varsity squad as a junior, C.J. had graduated. The Paul brothers only ended up playing on the court for 15 seconds together at the end of a playoff game in Paul's sophomore year and C.J.'s senior year in 2001. Paul, who spurted another eight inches to 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), posted 25.0 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game to help West Forsyth (26–4) reach the state semifinals.[16] Over the next summer, Paul emerged as a heavily recruited point guard. With his family watching, Paul signed his letter of intent to Wake Forest to play for coach Skip Prosser before his senior year. Only 13 miles away from where he grew up in Lewisville, Paul had already verbally committed to them during his junior year and attended many Demon Deacons practices and games.

Tragically, only a day after signing his letter of intent, the body of Nathanial Jones was discovered by Paul's father. Jones died after being beaten and robbed by a group of teens as he unloaded groceries from his car in his driveway. Five teenagers tied Jones’ hands behind his back, taped his mouth, and beat him around the head and face. Jones, who had a history of heart trouble, lay in his carport and died from cardiac arhythmia. He was 61. Over 2,000 people honored the memories of Jones at his funeral four days later. The next day, fueled by the suggestion of an aunt, an emotionally devastated Paul scored 61 points in honor of his grandfather, one point for every year his grandfather lived, in West Forsyth's 2002–03 season opener.

Despite Paul's previous career high being 39 points, by halftime, he had racked up 32 points in 16 minutes. When Paul reached the 61-point mark late in the 4th quarter, he purposely airballed a free throw, then took himself out of the game to hug his family on the sidelines, even though the state high school scoring record of 66 points was well within reach.[17] In 2003, Paul averaged 30.8 points, 9.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.0 steals per game the remainder of his senior year and led his team to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. He was a 2003 McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic participant and was named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball for 2003 by The Charlotte Observer.[16]

Summer circuit

Though he did not win a state championship while in high school, Paul did take the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic (alongside future University of North Carolina rival Reyshawn Terry), to the 2002 National U-17 AAU Championship over an All-Ohio team led by 2003 McDonald's All-American Drew Lavender, taking home the tournament's MVP award in the process.[16]

Amateur career

In Paul's freshman year, he averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for Wake Forest University,[18] setting school freshman records for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists, and steals.[16] Behind his play, the Demon Deacons qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Sweet Sixteen to St. Joseph's.[19] At the conclusion of the season, Paul was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-ACC.[16]

For two weeks early in Paul's sophomore season, Wake Forest were ranked number one in the nation for the first time in school history.[20] 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,[21] an incident that marred Paul's image for a short time.[20] The Demon Deacons again qualified for the NCAA Tournament but suffered a second round upset at the hands of West Virginia.[22] 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,[18] and with a 3.21 grade point average (GPA), he was also named to ESPN's Academic All-America Team.[23] On April 15, he announced he would be hiring an agent and turning professional.[20] On March 2, 2011, Wake Forest retired his jersey.[24]

College career statistics

Cited from Sports Reference.[18]
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Wake Forest 31 31 33.6 .496 .465 .843 3.3 5.9 2.5 .4 14.8
2005 Wake Forest 32 32 33.4 .451 .474 .834 4.4 6.6 2.7 .0 15.3
Career 63 63 33.5 .472 .470 .838 3.9 6.3 2.5 .2 15.0

NBA career

New Orleans Hornets (2005-11)

Paul attempts a runner in December 2008.

Early seasons (2005-07)

Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets.[25] Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City that year.[26] Paul finished the season leading all rookies in points, assists, steals, and double-doubles, and became only the second rookie in NBA history to lead the league in total steals.[27] With final averages of 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game,[28] he was named Rookie of the Year, falling just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously.[27] The only other rookie to receive a first place vote was Deron Williams, who Paul enjoyed a brief rivalry with early in their careers.[29]

At the 2007 All-Star Weekend, Paul set new Rookie Challenge records with 17 assists and 9 steals.[30] For his sophomore season, he increased his scoring and passing averages to 17.3 points and 8.9 assists per game, but played in only 64 games due to injury.[28]

MVP candidate (2007-09)

Paul was selected to his first All-Star Game in the 2007–08 season,[28] playing in front of his home fans in New Orleans.[31] Behind his play, the Hornets were near the top of the Western Conference standings all year, temporarily occupying first place on March 17 following a win against the Chicago Bulls.[32] New Orleans finished the season with a franchise-record 56 wins and the second seed in the West.[33][34] Paul lead the NBA with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game to go along with 21.1 points per game,[28][35] finishing second in Most Valuable Player voting and being named to his first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams.[28][36] In his playoff debut, he scored 35 points against the Dallas Mavericks.[37] In Game 2, he set a franchise playoff-record 17 assists.[38] The Hornets defeated the Mavericks in five games, with Paul registering 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists in the final game.[39] New Orleans were eliminated in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs.[33]

Paul speaks with Hornets coach Byron Scott in March 2009.

Prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, Paul signed a contract extension with the Hornets worth $68 million.[40] On December 17, he set the record for consecutive games with a steal at 106.[41] On several occasions he came within a few steals of recording a quadruple-double, including a 27 point, 10 rebound, 15 assist, and 7 steal game against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 26.[42] His final averages were 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.[28] Despite Paul's individual accomplishments, New Orleans' record fell from the year before and they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets.[43]

Final years in New Orleans (2009-11)

After a slow start to the 2009-10 season, the Hornets fired coach Byron Scott.[44] Paul stirred up controversy when he announced his displeasure with the move, commenting that team management should have "consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened."[45] In early February, an MRI revealed a torn meniscus in Paul's left knee after it was tweaked in two consecutive games in late January.[46] The injury required surgery and he was sidelined for over a month, forcing him to miss the All-Star Game.[47][48] In total, he played in only 45 games and his averages dropped to 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.[28] Without Paul, the Hornets struggled, missing the playoffs.[49]

Paul had another injury scare on March 6 of the 2010-11 season, suffering a concussion after colliding with Cavalier guard Ramon Sessions and being carried off the court in a stretcher.[50] He returned two games later, registering 33 points and 15 assists against the Sacramento Kings.[51] With Paul playing a full season, the Hornets qualified for the playoffs and were matched up with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.[52] Paul had a "historically great" performance in the series,[53] contributing 33 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals in Game 1 and 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists in Game 4.[54][55] His final averages were 22 points, 6.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 54.5 percent shooting.[28] New Orleans were eliminated in six games,[52] and ownership, fearing that Paul would leave the franchise via free agency, began actively pursuing a trade that would provide the team equitable compensation in return for his services.[56]

Paul leads the Clippers onto the floor in April 2012.

Los Angeles Clippers (2011-present)

Trade to Los Angeles

On December 8, 2011, the Hornets agreed to a three-team trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA, who owned the team at the time, nullified the deal, with commissioner David Stern claiming New Orleans would be better off keeping Paul.[57] The teams involved in the trade attempted to lobby the league to reverse its ruling and reconstruct the deal to no avail.[58][59] On December 12, the Hornets agreed to a trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the deal broke down after the NBA added additional demands to the original terms.[60] Two days later, the teams finally made the trade, sending Paul and two future second round draft picks to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected first round pick in the 2012 Draft.[61] Upon the deal's completion, Paul announced that he would opt into the final year of his contract and remain in Los Angeles for at least two more seasons.[62]

Lob City

Paul's arrival to Los Angeles rejuvenated the Clippers franchise, with teammate Blake Griffin later commenting, "It put us on the map."[63] Early in Paul's debut season, the team developed a reputation for their fast paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks,[64] usually from Paul to Griffin or DeAndre Jordan,[65] earning them the nickname "Lob City".[66] Paul finished the year averaging 19.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game,[28] becoming the first Clipper to be named to the All-NBA First Team since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.[67] Behind his play and the emergence of Griffin as an All-NBA performer, Los Angeles qualified for the playoffs, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.[68]

At the 2013 All-Star Game, Paul led the West to victory with a 20 point and 15 assist performance, earning his first All-Star Game MVP Award.[69][70] He finished the season averaging 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, leading the Clippers to a franchise-record 56 wins.[28][71] Seeded fourth in the West entering the playoffs, Los Angeles were upset in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies.[72] Shortly after their early postseason exit, the Clippers announced they would not renew coach Vinny Del Negro's contract and rumors arose of Paul forcing Del Negro out. Los Angeles later denied any player involvement in the coaching decision.[73][74][75]

Prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, Paul signed a five year contract with the Clippers for $107 million.[76]

Player profile

Paul dribbles the ball in March 2009.

Standing at six feet tall and weighing in at 175 pounds, Paul plays point guard exclusively.[28] In his 2014 NBA preview, ESPN's Kevin Pelton called Paul the league's best point guard, adding, "a title he's held throughout his career when healthy".[77] His career averages are 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.[65] He has earned All-NBA honors five times (2008–09, 2011–13), All-Defensive honors five times (2008–09, 2011–13), and lead the NBA in steals five times (2006, 2008–12) and in assists twice (2008–09).[28] In 2013, he was ranked the third best player in the league by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.[65][78]

Paul prefers playing in the half court versus playing up-tempo.[77] He creates scoring opportunities by constantly changing speeds; upon beating his defender one-on-one or shedding him in the pick-and-roll, he will often slow down and box him out, denying him from regaining front side position and forcing the defense to help at all times.[65] His ability to penetrate deep into the paint leads to easy shots for his teammates, and in 2013 he was second in the league in assisted three pointers.[77] An aggravating defender, he impacts the defensive end with active hands and high effort.[65] With a career player efficiency rating (PER) of 25.7, he is highly regarded in the advanced metrics community; in one article, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh called Paul the greatest point guard of all-time based on Paul's high shooting percentages and win shares.[79]

Off the court

Paul married his college sweetheart Jada Crawley on September 10, 2011.[80] Together they have two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II (born May 23, 2009) and Camryn Alexis Paul (born August 16, 2012).[81] The family resides in a Mediterranean-style mansion in Bel Air, which Paul bought from Avril Lavigne for $8.5 million in 2012.[82]

Paul's brother C.J. played college basketball at Hampton University and University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2004, they played against each other in a college game when Wake Forest had a preseason exhibition with USC-Upstate.[83] C.J. now works as his Chris's personal manager.[84] Paul is also close friends with footballer Reggie Bush, living nearby in the One River Place complex in the Central Business District of New Orleans while Bush was a Saint.[85] They also shared a personal chef.[86]

Chris Paul answering questions at a youth basketball camp.

Paul is a Christian and attends church every Sunday whenever possible.[87] In 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 (Jesus), and to always be thankful for what we receive."[88]

Whenever Paul scored during a Hornets home game the PA Announcer would simply say "CP3!" and then play a sound byte of legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair's famous "Wooooo!" quote. Flair, who is an avid Hornets fan and whose loyalty stuck with the team even after they relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans, attended every Hornets home game in their 2008 Western Conference Semi-Final Series against the San Antonio Spurs and introduced the starting lineups at a home game against the Golden State Warriors.[89]

Paul has had national endorsement deals with PowerAde sports drinks, Right Guard deodorant and Nike's Team Jordan brand, through which he has released several editions of his shoe "Air Jordan CP3.#". As of 2009, the deals collectively earned him around $4 million annually, according to Forbes.[90] In 2007, Paul was the cover athlete for the video game NBA 2K8.[91]

Awards and honors

Paul has won numerous awards and set many records during his career. The following are some of his achievements:

NBA

Cited from Basketball Reference's Chris Paul page unless noted otherwise.[28]

United States National Team

Cited from USA Basketball's Chris Paul page unless noted otherwise.[92]

NBA records

Consecutive games with a steal: 108, April 13, 2007 to December 23, 2008[93]

Only player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals in the same season on three different occasions (2007–082008–09, 2013–14)

Only player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals in consecutive seasons (2007–082008–09)

Seasons leading the league in steals: 6 (2007–082008–09, 2010–112013–14)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in steals: 4 (2010–112013–14) (current)

2nd in NBA history

Steals, half: 7, first half, vs. Dallas Mavericks, February 20, 2008

Most games with at least one steal, season: 80 (2007–08)

3rd in NBA history

Highest average, assists per game, career: 9.9 (6,112/617)

New Orleans Hornets records

Regular season

  • Free throws made, career: 1,971
  • Highest average, assists per game, career: 9.9 (4,228/425)
  • Assists, season: 925 (2007–08) (11.6 apg)
  • Assists, game: 21, at Los Angeles Lakers, November 6, 2007
  • Assists, half: 14, second half, at Los Angeles Lakers, November 6, 2007
  • Games with 10 or more assists, season: 59 (2007–08)
  • Point-assist double-doubles, career: 150
  • Point-assist double-doubles, season: 56 (2007–08)
  • Consecutive games with a point-assist double-double: 8, twice
    • 8, March 5, 2008 to March 19, 2008
    • 8, March 25, 2008 to April 6, 2008
  • Triple-doubles, career: 11
  • Triple-doubles, season: 6 (2008–09)
  • Steals, season: 217, 2007–08 (2.7 spg)
  • Steals, game: 9, vs. Dallas Mavericks, February 20, 2008
  • Steals, half: 7, first half, vs. Dallas Mavericks, February 20, 2008

Rookie

  • Paul's rookie year was 2005–06.
  • Highest free throw percentage, season: .847 (394–465)
  • Free throws made, game: 14, at New York Knicks, January 21, 2006
  • Free throw attempts, game: 17, at New York Knicks, January 21, 2006
  • Assists, season: 611 (7.8 apg)
  • Assists, game: 16, vs. Golden State Warriors, April 5, 2006
  • Steals, season: 175 (2.2 spg)
  • Steals, game: 7, vs. Utah Jazz, February 22, 2006

Playoffs

  • Highest average, assists per game, career: 11.0 (187/17)
  • Assists, game: 17, vs. Dallas Mavericks, April 22, 2008

NBA career statistics

Correct as of February 17, 2014

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 78 78 36.0 .430 .282 .847 5.1 7.8 2.2 .1 16.1
2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 64 64 36.8 .437 .350 .818 4.4 8.9 1.8 .0 17.3
2007–08 New Orleans 80 80 37.6 .488 .369 .851 4.0 11.6 2.7 .1 21.1
2008–09 New Orleans 78 78 38.5 .503 .364 .868 5.5 11.0 2.8 .1 22.8
2009–10 New Orleans 45 45 38.0 .493 .409 .847 4.2 10.7 2.1 .2 18.7
2010–11 New Orleans 80 80 36.0 .463 .388 .878 4.1 9.8 2.4 .1 15.8
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 60 60 36.4 .478 .371 .861 3.6 9.1 2.5 .1 19.8
2012–13 L.A. Clippers 70 70 33.4 .481 .328 .885 3.7 9.7 2.4 .1 16.9
2013–14 L.A. Clippers 62 62 35.0 .467 .368 .855 4.3 10.7 2.5 .1 19.1
Career 617 617 36.4 .472 .357 .857 4.4 9.9 2.4 .1 18.6
All-Star 6 4 27.8 .508 .458 .857 3.8 12.5 3.3 .0 13.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 12 12 40.5 .502 .238 .785 4.9 11.3 2.3 .2 24.1
2009 New Orleans 5 5 40.2 .411 .313 .857 4.4 10.4 1.6 .0 16.6
2011 New Orleans 6 6 41.5 .545 .474 .796 6.7 11.5 1.8 .0 22.0
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 11 38.5 .427 .333 .872 5.1 7.9 2.7 .1 17.6
2013 L.A. Clippers 6 6 37.3 .533 .316 .892 4.0 6.3 1.8 .0 22.8
Career 40 40 39.6 .482 .333 .828 5.0 9.5 2.2 .1 20.9

Triple-doubles

Number Date Opponent Box Score Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Notes
1 April 2, 2006 at Toronto Raptors W 120-103 24 12 12 2 1
2 April 5, 2006 Golden State Warriors W 114-109 17 11 16 6 0
3 December 1, 2006 Chicago Bulls L 108-111 25 11 18 5 1
4 April 6, 2008 Golden State Warriors W 108-96 16 10 13 5 0
5 (PO) April 29, 2008 Dallas Mavericks W 99-94 24 11 15 2 0
6 November 22, 2008 Oklahoma City Thunder W 109-97 29 10 16 3 1
7 November 24, 2008 at Los Angeles Clippers W 109-97 14 10 17 1 1
8 December 30, 2008 Washington Wizards W 97-85 15 10 16 1 0
9 January 14, 2009 at Dallas Mavericks W 104-97 33 10 11 7 0
10 January 26, 2009 Philadelphia 76ers W 101-86 27 10 15 7 1
11 March 11, 2009 at Washington Wizards W 109-98 30 10 13 4 0
12 December 29, 2009 at Houston Rockets L 100-108 16 11 10 2 2
13 (PO) April 24, 2011 Los Angeles Lakers W 93-88 27 13 15 2 0

International

Paul made his debut internationally in 2004 for the USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team that went 5–0 and captured the gold medal, qualifying the United States for the 2005 FIBA World Championship For Young Men. has earned 10 caps for various junior national teams. He made his debut for the senior United States national basketball team on August 4, 2006 in a friendly against Puerto Rico. Paul made the final cut and remained on the Team USA roster for the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Team USA finished with an 8–1 record and defeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Argentina for a third-place finish. Paul set a Team USA World Championship total assist record with 44 assists and a steals per game average of 4.9, to go along with only 9 turnovers.

He participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the USA went unbeaten en route to the gold medal, defeating 2006 world champion Spain.[94] Playing as back up to starter Jason Kidd, Paul averaged 8.0 points on 50% shooting, a team-high 4.1 assists per game, 3.6 rebounds, and tied for second best on the team in steals averaging 2.25 a game as the "Redeem team" captured gold for the first time since the 2000 Olympics.

Paul rejoined the US team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where they took the gold medal.[95][96]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Some sources say Paul was born in Lewisville, North Carolina,[1] while others say he was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2]
  2. ^ During the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, the team was known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets during their temporary relocation to Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.

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  3. ^ Martinez, Michael (3 December 2012). "Paul's bowling passion leads to PBA ownership". Fox Sports West. MSN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
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  7. ^ Chris Paul named president of National Basketball Players' Association
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