Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are currently prepping for tonight’s big game against LeBron James and the Heat. Both teams are 3-2 going into their first meeting of the season, and considering the talent of both rosters, this could very well be an early preview of the 2014 NBA Finals. Ever since Chris Paul’s NBA debut with the New Orleans Hornets in 2005, the young point guard has been on a tear, and he’s already set several records for steals and assists.
On this day seven years ago, Chris Paul was in the midst of leading Hornets to their all-time best start as a franchise. Due to the damage of Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets were relocated during this time, and played home games from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Hosting the Golden State Warriors on November 7, 2006, the Hornets came away with a 97-93 win to start the season 4-0. Unsurprisingly, CP3 was the driving force for New Orleans, recording a double-double with 22 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds. Later in the ’06-07 season, Chris Paul suffered a number of injuries and failed to make the All-Star team. Paul quickly bounced back, and has been selected as an All-Star for six consecutive games since 2008.
Along with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul has had one of the longest running and most successful signature lines under the Jordan Brand umbrella. Although Chris Paul’s line officially began in 2008 with the Jordan CP3.1, the superstar point guard has also the privilege of wearing a handful of exclusive models. After sticking with Nike models during his rookie year, Paul followed it up with player exclusive styles of the Air Jordan V and Air Jordan 9.5. During this particular game against the Warriors, Paul donned a rarely seen “Home” PE of the Jordan 9.5.