Chris Paul: Point Guard, Activist, Union Boss

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One of Chris Paul's goals as union president is to improve the financial literacy of fellow players. “I’m around a lot of 20-year-old guys who are thrust into this lifestyle with all this money and nobody knows what to do,” he says.Credit Erik Tanner for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by David Gelles on May 16, 2018.

Ever since Chris Paul joined the National Basketball Association in 2005, drafted fourth out of Wake Forest, he has been near the center of the action.

He won the rookie of the year award in 2006, was named most valuable player at the 2013 All-Star Game, and was a star for both the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. This season, Paul — known as CP3, for his jersey number — teamed up with James Harden on the Houston Rockets, creating a fearsome duo that has led their team deep into the playoffs. (They are currently playing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.)

Over the years, Paul’s roles and responsibilities around the league have expanded. He is outspoken on social issues, joining LeBron James and other stars in a moving protest against police shootings at the 2016 ESPY Awards. And since 2013, he has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association, the league’s union for players. …

NY Times 5/16

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