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Chris Paul is a basketball player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

After leading the U.S. in assists despite not starting a game at the 2008 Beijing Games, Chris Paul makes his second Olympic appearance in London. He averaged 4.1 assists per game in Beijing as the Americans won gold for the first time since 2000, and even though he didn't start, Paul was third on the team in minutes played (21.9 per game). He was also the team's best free-throw shooter, as he sank 22 of 24 attempts (91.7 percent), a mark that is second-best all-time among U.S. Olympians who shot at least 15 free throws (behind Bill Bradley, who shot 23-for-24 from the line in 1964).

Paul's only other stint with the U.S. senior national team was at the 2006 World Championships, where he started six of the nine games as the U.S. went 8-1 and won the bronze medal. Paul averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-best 4.9 assists in 23.7 minutes per game. His total number of assists (44) and per-game average were records for U.S. players in a world championships, and he also finished the tournament as the top player overall in assists-to-turnovers ratio. Paul did not play for Team USA in 2007 after undergoing surgery to repair a left foot stress reaction.

The gold medal in 2008 capped off a fine year for Paul, who led the NBA in assists (11.6 a game) and steals (2.7) while also scoring 21.1 points for the New Orleans Hornets in 2007-08. He finished second in the MVP voting that season behind Team USA teammate Kobe Bryant, and played in his first NBA All-Star Game, which was held in New Orleans; Paul tallied 16 points and 14 assists in an impressive debut. Paul has participated in every All-Star game since. He also led the league in assists (11.0) for the 2008-09 season, and led the NBA in steals in 2008-09 (2.8) and 2010-11 (2.4). Paul has been named to the All-NBA team four times (first team twice) and the NBA All-Defensive team four times (first team twice). He was selected by the Hornets with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and was named the 2005-06 NBA Rookie of the Year. After six seasons with the Hornets, Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the 2011-12 season. For his career, he averages 18.8 points, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Paul attended college at Wake Forrest in his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. He helped the team to 48 wins in his two seasons there, which also included two NCAA Tournament berths and one Sweet 16 appearance. Despite just two years at the school, Paul ranks seventh in school history in both career assists (395) and steals (160). After his sophomore season, Paul was a consensus First Team All-American and a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Rupp Player of the Year awards. After his freshman year, he was named the National Freshman of the Year by College Insider, The Sporting News, and Basketball Times.

During Paul's senior year at West Forsyth High School in 2003 — while he was averaging 30.8 points, 8.0 assists, 6.0 steals and 5.0 rebounds per game — his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, was tragically murdered. Paul scored 61 points on the day of the funeral, one for every year of his grandfather's life. He even intentionally missed a free throw to keep his total at 61. Paul told his coach, David Laton, before the game he was planning to do something to honor his grandfather, so even with the state high school scoring record — 67 points in a single game — well within reach, Laton took Paul out of the game to preserve the total of 61.

Paul married his longtime girlfriend, Jada Crawley, on September 10, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C., and among the wedding guests were U.S. teammates Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and their significant others. Chris and Jada have one son, Chris Jr., who was born May 23, 2009. Paul's older brother, C.J., played basketball at Hampton University and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Outside of basketball, Paul is an avid bowler. He is a spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress and has participated in or put on numerous celebrity bowling events through his CP3 Foundation.


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: May 6, 1985
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 174 lbs.
Nickname: CP3
Full Name / Real Name: Christopher Emmanuel Paul
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Jada Crawley (9/10/2011)

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