Chris Paul: Best Basketball Player in the World…At Least If You Ask Him

August 20, 2012 – 9:00 am by Chris Fedor

For Chris Paul, the last year and change has been quite a whirlwind. But it has also been extremely rewarding. It all started last NBA offseason when Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he promptly helped lead L.A. back to the playoffs. Then after a successful regular season and a return trip to the postseason, he carried that over to the Olympics this summer where he was instrumental in helping the United States win the gold medal. The Lakers have stolen all the headlines this summer with their blockbuster acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. However, based on his own words, perhaps CP3 wants to capture the headlines again. Either that or someone spiked his Gatorade with stupid pills because not even the biggest Chris Paul fan can make the argument that he’s the best player in the NBA. Paul is not even the clear-cut best player at his own position. But he said as much in a recent radio interview.

Chris Paul joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the last few weeks winning a gold medal and also experiencing the birth of his second child, whether he was surprised at how tough Spain was in the Olympics, the idea of players still being themselves but in a team way, if he thinks the Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles, whether he is nervous about the moves the Lakers made this offseason, if a gold medal means more than an NBA Championship and who he thinks is the best basketball player in the world.

On the last few weeks for him with winning a gold medal and the birth of his second child:

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind and it’s definitely been a blessing. When you’re over in London you almost forget that everyone here at home is watching because we’re all in a hotel and we’re all together all day every day. When you get here and you realize how many people actually watch the games and everywhere you go everyone says congratulations it’s pretty special but you almost forget that just a few days ago you were over in London competing in the Olympics.”

Whether he was surprised at how tough Spain was in the Olympics:

“I wasn’t surprised at all. If you guys remember from 2008 we played Spain in the pool play games and won by 20-25 points and only won by eight in the finals.”

On still being yourself but in a team way:

“It’s tough and what I said about the whole experience is you would rather have the issue of guys being too unselfish rather than having the guys being too selfish. If coach had to come to the locker room and ‘say pass the ball, everybody is out there ballhogging,’ then we would’ve had a problem but everyone fell into their roles and at the beginning of the trip coach told us ‘don’t leave your ego at the door. Bring your ego in.’ That’s what made our team so special and that’s what makes Coach K such a great coach because he has an ego just like us as players.”

If he thinks the Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles:

“I’m a little biased. I’m a little biased. It’s going to be exciting I can tell you that much.”

Whether he is nervous about what the Lakers did this offseason:

“No. Why should I be? At the end of the day you have to play the games. When we got to the Olympics, if you looked at our roster, you could’ve just given us the medal but you have to play the games and that’s what makes it so exciting.”

If a gold medal means more to him than an NBA Championship:

“I tell people all the time I don’t have an NBA Championship to compare it to but there is nothing greater for me right now than having this gold medal because this is the biggest and best team you will ever play on. When you’re at the Olympics, any time you see someone walking by with a USA t-shirt or anything on, you just give them five or you just feel like you’re on the biggest team that you’ve ever been on in your life and there is no greater feeling than knowing how many people you represent. If I win an NBA Championship everyone in Los Angeles is going to be happy but New York, Chicago, everybody is going to be mad. You win a gold medal and everybody is on the same team.”

On who he thinks is the best player in the world:

“I’m a little biased on that one too. (Host: Wait, am I talking to the best player in the world?) I would like to think.”

Listen to Chris Paul on The Dan Patrick Show here

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  1. 22 Responses to “Chris Paul: Best Basketball Player in the World…At Least If You Ask Him”

  2. I’m sorry to break it to you Chris. If you win a championship with the Clippers, only a small portion of LA will be happy. Real basketball fans in Los Angeles support the Lakers ONLY. Because they represent for our city in more ways than just basketball. They aren’t owned by a racist slumlord douche bag. And they’ve built a legacy of winning and pride for the City of Angels. The Clippers will NEVER compare. Sorry CP3, I respect you and your game but never will respect the Dippers.

    By REAL LA on Aug 20, 2012

  3. Man I feel for CP3. The lame commissioner totally derailed his career path. He was about to become a Laker. He was about to inherit the empire. Only to be blocked by that piece of shhhhhhhh David Stern. And then was pretty much forced to play for Clipper!?! Clippers fans seem to think he actually wanted to be there lol! As if he actually had a choice. GET OUT WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE CHRIS.

    By REAL LA on Aug 20, 2012

  4. Chris needs to sign with the NY Knicks when he becomes an FA. He needs to leave that extra Dipper $ on the table and go to a real team where he can tear it up with Melo, Amare, and Chandler. That would be a squad. Why play 2nd fiddle to an established team who shares the same freakin stadium. I feel for him too. But if he wants to commit career suicide he should stay with those DIPPERS!

    By CK ALL DAY! CLIPPA KILLA! on Aug 20, 2012

  5. REAL LA..I dont know what your talking about…about half of L.A. loves the Clippers..If that werent the case STAPLES CENTER wouldnt have been SOLD OUT for ALL CLIPPER home games..Here’s another FACT your going to need to swallow..The CLIPPERS HAVE MORE NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAMES than the Lakers do in 2012-2013…I could go more into detail and FACTS on why the Clippers and CP3 are good for L.A. but either 1. True Laker fans find it hard to swallow and 2. Bandwagon Laker fans are too ignorant and idiotic to understand…

    By Porfirio on Aug 20, 2012

  6. I went to Dipper games to watch them play my Lakers because the Dipper games are cheaper. What does that tell you? Blake Griffin signed an extension but CP3 hasn’t. Aren’t you scared he’s going to leave you Dipper Nation? hahahaha

    By CK ALL DAY! CLIPPA KILLA! on Aug 21, 2012

  7. Listen, let’s be realistic here. Just because you sold out 16k-18k seats (probably only last season but…) doesn’t mean half of LA are DIPPER fans lol. Every crappy team/organization will have it’s fans but let’s be real here. Lakers have been selling out games (plural) season after season from the forum days to staples. Besides it’s much easier to sell out an arena when the tickets are half the price as Laker tickets. This really doesn’t even warrant a response but whatever. As far as nationally televised games is concerned…wow is it that big of a difference? Maybe one or two games? Good for you that finally you get to play with the big boys. Let me ask you this…who has and has had more mark key dates i.e Christmas. Anyway, win something first…at least a conference championship before you start talking trash to Laker fans. You can’t even get passed the second round?

    By 90% of LA on Aug 21, 2012

  8. http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-la-lakers-will-maintain-la-superiority-over-clippers-20120820,0,1583314.story?track=rss

    By REAL LA on Aug 21, 2012

  9. PAUL PIERCE LOOKS LIKE A TURTLE!

    By CLIPPER DARYL on Aug 21, 2012

  10. 90% of L.A…You obviously dont know sh*t about demographics and bringing in a new audience which is what the Clippers and NBA did thanks to Mr. Stern. Classic example of an ignorant/moronic Laker fan who only knows “winning” who actually hasnt won in life so they jump on their “banners” and “ringz”..Yes it is a fact that they didnt sell out until last year..Actually I think in 2006 when Sam I Am and Felton were around they might have sold out a couple. Fact is, people are HAPPY the Clippers are finally winning..That in turn has captured an audience and has people wanting to tune into NBA basketball, which these same people did not want to tune in previously since they did not want to affiliate them selves with the “Laker Fans” who loot and riot after winning a championship..Well see what happens in 2012-2013 if the media brainwashed all the Laker fans..After all I dont see them THANKING STERN now since they wouldnt have their starting lineup if it werent for the CP3 trade going through… hahahaha

    By Porfirio on Aug 21, 2012

  11. Porfirio just said it all in a nutshell. Clipper fans are actually not real fans of basketball. They are people who “did not want to affiliate themselves with the “Laker Fans” who loot and riot after winning a championship. Yessir! Translation>>>Laker Haters! That’s what they are. People who wanted to cheer against the Lakers. People who think it’s cooler to route against the favorites. Which makes them the FAKEST basketball fans in the league. The Lakers Organization has done many things for the City. 50% is definitely not accurate. Real Angelenos know the history and know that a horrible slumlord who plants articles thanking himself for his community service owns that team. Ridiculous. Why support a company like that? I know…because you hate the Lakers. What a great reason you fan of basketball lol!

    By REAL LA on Aug 21, 2012

  12. CP GAY

    By CLIPPER DARYL on Aug 21, 2012

  13. First, off you said half of LA were dipper fans which is wildly inaccurate and that can be directly linked with the revenue of each team which the Lakers far exceed that of the Dippers. No one argued about the fact that the NBA created another team (basically an expansion) in the same market. They did this because LA is the 2nd largest media market in the country and they were maximizing on this fact. The league would have twice the amount of games in the 2nd largest market and even Dipper fans as sad as it is would probably out number Charlotte bobcat fans because of DEMOGRAPHICS lol. There were two football teams at one time and other major cities like NY do the same thing. Do you think the NBA would rather have 2 teams in LA or move one to states like Nevada, Alabama or New Mexico? I know it might be hard for you to grasp but think about it. They do this to maximize revenue but to say that both teams are equal in the number of fans is foolish. Your bandwagon comment is just ignorant so I will not even respond to that. Think of something else that is worthy of a response. In response to the Dippers winning, I have no problem with that and you know what, you guys have sucked so bad for so long i’m actually kinda happy for you in a pity sort of way. That was never an arguing point so I don’t know why you even brought that up? Stay focused! I never asked you to be a Laker fan and I don’t care if you are a Dipper fan. I just called you out on your dumbass comment which was not based on fact.

    P.S. I thanked Stern everyday after August 9th and I think Laker fans should be the one’s laughing. OUr moves made us a championship favorite not just a playoff contender.

    By 90% of LA on Aug 21, 2012

  14. I can’t believe laker fans are still hurt butt hurt about the trade. Trying to belittle clipped fans by saying dippers and unsuccessful franchise only shows you of how scared laker fans are of a the clipper team. And worrying about CP3 ha u guys should worry about Howard staying rather then CP3. Howard has said he wouldn’t resign with the Lakers. And if Howard does. The Lakers will be stuck losing for years. Becuz they have no draft picks old team and huge contracts that they will be broke for upcoming years. Lakers era will just be something u can talk about to your grand kids and how good they wised to be

    By griff on Aug 21, 2012

  15. Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Dipper…..Natioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!

    By Donald T. Sterling on Aug 22, 2012

  16. dipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipperdipper natiooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!

    By Donald T. Sterling on Aug 22, 2012

  17. CLIPPER DARYL….didn’t we sue you yet for being our #1 fan? Stop it now!

    By Donald T. Sterling on Aug 22, 2012

  18. Shut up Laker Fans! Or we’ll threaten to sue your asses like we did our #1 fan Clipper Daryl! He thought he could promote us for free! Are you kidding me? Clipper Daryl supported us before all the bandwagoners came and thought he deserved fame? We’ll get you all like we got him. Our owner is the best in the business! So ALL ABOARD! Jump on the anti-Laker train! Winning is overrated and mediocracy is fun! That’s where the dipper nation excels! Who cares if every other team in the Staples Center has a championship banner! We like being “different.”

    By Vinny Del Knee Grow on Aug 22, 2012

  19. (reference article by Suki Thind..by striking a 20-year, $3 billion deal with Time Warner Cable, the Lakers remain one of the few–if not the only–teams able to afford such high expenses. Throw in the added marketability of a super-team in one of the largest sports markets, and the Lakers will definitely have to pay up, but aren’t going broke any time soon, either.) IN YO FACE GRIFF!!! The Buss’s aren’t idiots like Sterling. Check out this article http://www.lakersnation.com/jerry-buss-lakers-face-heavy-luxury-tax-penalties-but-its-all-good/2012/08/22/ Same market smarter management. That’s why there are more Laker fans and that’s why LA is a LAker TOWN ONLY! Move the Dippers to Anaheim already!

    By REAL LA on Aug 22, 2012

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