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CP3 on N.O.: 'I don't know why they love me back'

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08:06 AM ET 07.23 | Chris Paul likes his new NBA home enough to have recruited Grant Hill, but he's also still quite fond of New Orleans. [Q:] A lot of players have gone from small-market teams to bigger cities and they are usually not popular among fans in their original NBA cities. It's not your case in New Orleans. Why do you think is that, that you are still popular over there? ... [Paul:] I'll always love the city of New Orleans. Even though I don't play there right now, I'm always there, I always go back. I have an after-school program there that is for kids in inner-city schools. I want to try to remain involved in the community there. I'm not here on this USA National Team if not for the fans in New Orleans. I don't know why they love me back. I was there six of the best years of my life."

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July 23, 2012  08:26 AM ET

as a raptors fan. I am still made at Stoudamire, Carter, T-Mac, and Bosh

July 23, 2012  08:26 AM ET
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as a raptors fan. I am still made at Stoudamire, Carter, T-Mac, and Bosh

I am still mad*........

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July 23, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Somebody quickly prick his balloon....his ego is inflating by the day.
And I'm with Jigsaw I hate those 4 players.

July 23, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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as a raptors fan. I am still made at Stoudamire, Carter, T-Mac, and Bosh

Let it go my fellow Torontonian.
Damon wasted his career and regrets leaving, Carter & T-Mac are NOT franchise players (just doing their best imitation of one), and same could be said with Bosh.

If Toronto invested heavy money into these guys, (at best) we could breifly be another Atlanta Hawks for a year or two; spend too much for limited talent to lead the team.

Patience...and don't listen to some of the negative Yanks...they just don't like to share the league.

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July 23, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Let it go my fellow Torontonian.Damon wasted his career and regrets leaving, Carter & T-Mac are NOT franchise players (just doing their best imitation of one), and same could be said with Bosh.If Toronto invested heavy money into these guys, (at best) we could breifly be another Atlanta Hawks for a year or two; spend too much for limited talent to lead the team.Patience...and don't listen to some of the negative Yanks...they just don't like to share the league.

So rather than make the playoffs and while watching some of the best scorers the league has seen in their prime, you'd rather it work out how it did?

A T-Mac/Carter duo in their prime would have been awesome to watch

July 23, 2012  09:24 AM ET

This coming from Mr. D!kc Slapper....I like the guy but he is a dirty player that no one rarely calls him out on it.

July 23, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Big Fish In A Small Pond, Bro?

July 23, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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Somebody quickly prick his balloon....his ego is inflating by the day.And I'm with Jigsaw I hate those 4 players.

Not enough love to sign an extension w/ the Clips?

July 23, 2012  09:56 AM ET

"I have an after-school program there that is for kids in inner-city schools."

Maybe thats why Chris...hes a good dude and does a ton of work in the community where he plays also here in NC where hes from. Plenty of high paid players never do jack sqaut in the cities where they play other than some basketball camp.

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July 23, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let it go my fellow Torontonian.Damon wasted his career and regrets leaving, Carter & T-Mac are NOT franchise players (just doing their best imitation of one), and same could be said with Bosh.If Toronto invested heavy money into these guys, (at best) we could breifly be another Atlanta Hawks for a year or two; spend too much for limited talent to lead the team.Patience...and don't listen to some of the negative Yanks...they just don't like to share the league.

Dude leave the Hawks alone!!!! You guys are decades away from being anywhere close to Hawks LOL

July 23, 2012  10:22 AM ET

"I don't know why they love me".

OK I do. This is a sports starved society. NO needs SOMEONE to love when it comes to NBA. It can't be Gordon. It can't be Jarrett Jack. Not Kaman.
So by default is it sill CP3.

July 23, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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If I were in the NBA I would be giving back to the upper middle class. Everyone seems to forget the kids from my neighborhood!

LMAO!! Funny...needed that laugh this am

July 23, 2012  11:02 AM ET

CP3 is full of sh** if he loved it that much believe me he could have worked out something..........

July 23, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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So rather than make the playoffs and while watching some of the best scorers the league has seen in their prime, you'd rather it work out how it did?A T-Mac/Carter duo in their prime would have been awesome to watch

With Bosh, we didn't even make the playoffs the last year he was on the team (I believe). LOL...I wouldn't call him "one of the best scorers the league has ever seen"
My goodness, lets keep a LITTLE perspective, please.

Carter was a shadow of himself near the end of his time in Toronto, if you happened to watch him then. Didn't see any change for the better once he left, either.
T-Mac was/is an injury-riddled player since he left, and along with another D/L guy Yao did what besides "entertain" (tease, really) the fans in Houston.

Damon...meh.

Am I thrilled at where the Raptors are?
Of course not, they could do better.
But I don't think we need to mimic NY and throw max deals at Amare-like players that won't accomplish much on a team except "entertain (tease, really) us with a brief glimpse of success.

July 23, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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Dude leave the Hawks alone!!!! You guys are decades away from being anywhere close to Hawks LOL

Lol...I would sincerely hope that the Raptors set their sight on higher accomplishments then being like the Hawks.

 
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