Friday, November 23, 2012
Chris Paul: Jay-Z is 'like a big brother'
By Mike Mazzeo
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul says Nets minority owner Jay-Z is “like a big brother.”
“I seek him out for advice all the time about different types of things,” Paul said during morning shootaround prior to Friday night’s game at the $1 billion Barclays Center. “He’s passionate about this team (just like) I’m sure just like their front office is, now that they've got a great product that they can put on the floor.”
Asked what his impression was of the new arena, Paul replied, “Nice. It’s nice. Very, very nice. I think they did a great job, Brooklyn being a prime location. I talk to Jay pretty often and I know he’s happy with it. I definitely can see his little touches around here too.”
Is CP3 surprised?
“No. I’m not surprised by it at all,” he said. “Everything Jay touches is like gold.”
Paul is very good friends with Nets point guard Deron Williams. The two were selected within a pick of one another in the 2005 NBA Draft. Comparisons between the two are inevitable and unavoidable.
“We always will be (compared), and we’re really close. We talked on my way here this morning,” Paul said. “It’s good to see D-Will healthy and playing well.
“I’m really happy for him. He couldn’t be in a better situation with the team moving to Brooklyn. I know he’s happy. He loves it here. He’s gonna be here for a long time.”
Funny: D-Will and CP3 are both cornerstones on teams that are considered the “other one” in their respective markets.
“I never thought about that. I don’t think about it,” Paul said. “I think me and D-Will have been playing pretty well in the league. We’re not too bad ourselves. So I doubt anytime me and him are on a team, we’re gonna be an afterthought.”