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, women and, of course, hoops.
MADE MAN: What’s one item you never leave home without?
CHRIS PAUL: My BlackBerry. My phone. Never. I feel naked without it.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
CP: Powerade. I’m sponsored by Powerade and I really like the drink! And I drink a lot of water.
MM: What’s the best advice you have ever received about women?
CP: When you find a woman, make sure she’s very similar to your mother! I’m a mama’s boy.
MM: How about some grooming advice?
CP: Make sure you’ve got a haircut! Definitely. I’m terrible without a haircut. I might be terrible with one but I don’t know! To each his own.
MM: What’s the best thing a guy can do to become a better dribbler?
CP: Oh, man! The best thing that a guy can do to become a better dribbler is always have a ball in your hands. When I was in high school and middle school, no matter where I went, I was dribbling. I was just dribbling all day, every day. When I got to the games I didn’t have to look at the ball anymore. I dribbled so much I knew where it was going to be.
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.