Paul will be playing in his first NBA All-Star game now that the whole country has caught up on his skills. The product of Wake Forest is averaging 20 points, 10 assists and 3 steals while lifting the New Orleans Hornets (36-15) to the best record in the always tough Western Conference.
According to the Washington Post, "Between him and [Steve] Nash, I think they are the best two point guards in the league," Memphis Coach Marc Iavaroni said. "He's got the right people around him, he's making great decisions. He's a great leader."
Evidently, Paul is not just a leader on the floor. Paul is serving as the de facto host of this year’s All-Star game and related festivities. Reggie Bush wait at the bar. While Bush made a big splash in post-Katrina New Orleans, Paul too has been a stalwart of community service and good will.
While some might questions Bush’s motives as an attempt to foster good will to offset various off-field controversies, Paul’s efforts on behalf of this adopted home town seemingly come straight from a good heart.
Through his various efforts Paul has become the face of the Hornets' relief efforts in N.O. He is currently featured in a commercial with NBA legend Karl Malone for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, promoting tourism in the Crescent City.
While rebuilding homes and donating pairs of his soon-to-be released signature shoe, the CP3, to an area high school basketball team, Paul and Miami Heat all-star guard Dwyane Wade spent $10,000 to open a family resource center at Sylvanie F. Williams Elementary School.
The center is meant to give parents a place to take an active role in their children's education.
Again, according to the Washington Post's Michael Lee:
"It's not something I do for notoriety," Paul said. "It's because I want to, most of all. Giving back here is always a nonstop thing. It's not just giving [money]."
Paul sat and talked with Syprian for several minutes about school and life.
Nice, Chris Paul, NICE!
PHOTOS: Chris Paul poses for a portrait during All Star Media Availability on February 14, 2008 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images). Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets drives for a shot attempt against Joakim “Knucklehead/Knucklehair” Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 12, 2008. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images). Another shot of Paul at All Star Media Availability doing what he does. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images).