How Do I Not Already Know About This Chris Paul High School Story?


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During one of my wikipedia jam sessions I found out this crazy story about the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul. Check out this story about his grandfather Nathaniel Jones while Chris was still in high school:

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.

Why do I not know this about Chris Paul? I have to be honest with you, I always just assumed he was a giant stooge. Typical new age NBA player who would never play in Boston because it’s not ghetto fabulous enough. Willingly signs with the Clippers because they play in Los Angeles. Doesn’t realize that the Clippers are only there for us to laugh at. Does those stupid commercials with his twin brother Cliff. The guy just came across as the complete dooshnozzle package.

But man, this is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read. Turns out CP3 started bawling his eyes out on the bench. This dude can play for the Celtics any time he wants…..if only that was possible. God damn you Boston, why do you have to be so cold and Irish???

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