We’re in the final throes of the NBA All-Star break, so athletes are still enjoying their final days off before the grind toward the NBA playoffs begins again in earnest. Just leave it to Chris Paul to use basketball as an escape from basketball.
The Clippers All-Star point guard spent his Wednesday night at the Buckley High School boys basketball playoff game against Nordhoff in Sherman Oaks. He watched Buckley roll to a 73-29 victory, then headed to the victorious team’s locker room with his son, Chris III, aka Little Chris.
A few things about the photo you see above:
1) Little Chris continues to steal every photo or video he’s in. If hoops doesn’t work out for Chris Jr., acting should. The kid has “it.”
2) Are we sure that’s the Buckley basketball team and not a United Colors of Benetton ad? This has to be one of the most photogenic, diverse basketball teams in the country.
3) It’s always cool when a celebrity shows up at a high school sporting event. When they do so unannounced on their day off, just because? That’s even cooler.
4) When speaking to the team postgame, Paul didn’t spend any time on the fact that Buckley had just won a playoff game by 54 points. He focused on areas for immediate improvement. #coach
Here’s more details on Paul’s locker room speech:
“It’s just the beginning.” That bodes well for Buckley, and perhaps for Paul’s coaching future as well. Hard not to be impressed by that sentiment so soon after a big win.