Produced on May 6, 1985, in Lewisville, North Carolina, Chris Paul grew up in a tight knit family. Although as a kid he played football, Paul afterwards took his older brother’s lead and became a basketball standout. Following a high school stint as a star, he was recruited to Wake Forest University, where he became a vital element of the team’s attempt to reconstruct. Paul was drafted to the National Basketball Association in 2005, by the New Orleans Hornets, where he played for six seasons before being a vital element of some other rebuilding effort, with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Christopher Emmanuel Paul was born on May 6, 1985, in Lewisville, North Carolina, the 2nd son of Charles and Robin Paul. Chris’ dad was a former sportsman who instructed him and his older brother C.J. the basics of basketball and football, and supported their participation in team sports.
As he shot up in height during his high school career, he landed on the radar of many schools who attempted to recruit him. Paul finally picked Wake Forest University, that was close to house and had a rich basketball history. In a heartbreaking turn, shortly after he made his school selection, Paul’s grandfather was beaten and killed during a robbery at his house; he was 61 years old. Within a high school match shortly after, Paul scored 61 points as your own homage to his beloved grandpa.
Recruited to play for Wake Forest’s Demon Deacons by revered head coach Skip Prosser, Paul was a team leader from his first match. Publications College Insider, The Sporting News and Basketball Times and star trainer Dick Vitale all pegged Paul as the country’s finest freshman player.
The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats also expressed strong curiosity about adding Paul to their franchises. Paul was guaranteed a starting place with all the fighting Hornets. When the disastrous Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans Gulf Coast region, the team relocated to Oklahoma City to practice and play.
He went on to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. During the 2007-08 season, when the Hornets returned to full time play in New Orleans, Paul’s on-court and direction abilities improved, landing him a hoped for position in the NBA All-Star Game.
Paul’s consistent higher level of play and chemistry with his teammates catapulted the Hornets into a playoff position, the team’s first since the 2003-04 season. (They were finally eliminated by the champion San Antonio Spurs.)
Before the beginning of the 2011-12 season, the Hornets orchestrated a three way trade handle the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that sent Paul to the West Coast.
Paul’s family nicknamed him CP3 because he, his dad and brother all share the same C.P. initials. He’s an avid bowler and possesses a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association league.