I heard one basketball commentator describe New Orleans Hornets’ point guard Chris Paul as such. CP3 (his nick not related to C3PO or to CPU) led the Hornets to a 2-0 lead versus the San Antonio Spurs in the second-round of the NBA Playoffs 2008. Paul had a monster game 30 points and 12 assists.
I’m really impressed in Paul’s great playmaking ability – he is a pass-first point guard – a rare player in a league where scoring usually is king. Also, CP3 has the great gift to control a game. He knows when to let his teammates in and when to take over (and we have seen that in crucial situations when he needs to step up - the guy usually does).
A commentator called CP3 “Steve Nash (NBA’S two-time MVP) with athleticism” and I agree. He’s even better than Steve, at the moment, since Paul’s team is leading the series against the Spurs (while Nash’s team Phoenix Suns lost again in the playoffs to the Spurs). His efforts have been recognized as he placed second in the MVP balloting to eventual winner Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers.
The Hornets and Spurs split their regular season clash and their playoffs series won’t be any different esp. as it heads to San Antonio for two games starting tomorrow. How CP3 responds on the road should be interesting to watch – I can’t wait.
Interesting fact: In high school, Chris Paul scored 61 points to honor his slain grandfather. One point for every year his grandpa lived.