Chris Paul has always talked openly about what Winston-Salem means to him.
So it was no surprise during his post-game news conference on Wednesday night that he was wearing a baseball cap with Winston Salem on it.
Unfortunately the hat did not have the hyphen that is supposed to go in the city’s name, but that’s not the point.
Paul and his older brother, C.J., grew up in Lewisville and played basketball as youngsters at the YMCA’s just like a lot of children. C.J., who has been along for the ride of Chris' NBA career as a special advisor, was there in Los Angeles on Wednesday night along with their parents, Robin and Charles.
“I always say all these years, I’ve had my hometown and my family with me,” said Paul, who is taking classes at Winston-Salem State to finish up his degree requirements after leaving Wake Forest for the NBA after two years of college. “Like I said, I got an extra hat and t-shirt to give to my brother. Through my whole career he never missed one playoff game that I played in, so anytime we win something like that it’s for my brother, always.”
C.J., who is also a graduate of West Forsyth and is two years older, played basketball at Hampton and South Carolina Upstate. C.J. is also the president of CP3 Foundation.
“My brother has been there from Day One, everybody knows my brother and even the referees know him,” Chris said. “He’s there and some people are there but he’s there.”