One name has been ruled the NBA rumor mill this month: Chris Paul. First, the Hornets’ All-Star guard was headed to the Lakers. Then he wasn’t. Then he was headed to the Clippers. Then he wasn’t. Then he was, as news broke late Wednesday that a trade had indeed gone through, and the future Hall of Famer would soon bring his silky-smooth skills to LA and start tossing alley-oops to Blake Griffin. Naturally, there’s no better time to check out the advice this Man of the Moment shared with Made Man on grooming, fitness, “Get used to this, Fish. Clips play Lakers three times this season.”
MM: What do you do when you’re tired to pick yourself up?
CP: I push through. My brother and my family will tell you that I think it’s mental. Whenever you’re too tired and you feel like you’re down, you’ve got to push through. I have a two-year-old son, too, so he doesn’t ever let me feel like I’m too tired.
MM: What can playing basketball teach guys about being better men?
CP: Man, you have to have a lot of hard work and persistence. When you’re in the NBA, it’s the highest level. There are always people that’ll come in trying to take your spot. So as a man, it just teaches me that I always have to work hard. Not only for me, but for my family and for everybody that’s with me.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
CP: First of all, always believe in yourself. I’m a kid from a small town in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, living my dream. It amazes me every day. Also, keep your circle tight and keep those that have always been there close to you. Understand that no matter how big or famous you get, your family members are the people that will always be there in the end.