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Chris Paul may retire early to spend time with family

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04:02 PM ET 10.22 | The Los Angeles Clippers spent the offseason re-signing point guard Chris Paul to a five-year, $107-million contract. It might be his last as Paul told HBO's "Real Sports" that he would rather call it quits earlier than he needs to so he can spend time with his family and not miss important life events. So many times you see great talents do everything they can to selfishly extend their careers, often times becoming a shell of their former self in the process, so it's nice to see an athlete suggest he may walk away before he physically needs to in effort to spend more time with his loved ones. Paul will be 32 years old when his contract expires, assuming he doesn't exercise his fourth-year player early-termination option.

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October 22, 2013  04:56 PM ET

Only after you raise the banner bro

October 22, 2013  04:58 PM ET
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Only after you raise the banner bro

Maybe not. Dude's given up LOL. he can't take the heat bros.

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October 22, 2013  05:43 PM ET

Trust me CP.................Keep bringing home the millions........The family will still love you and be very happy......

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October 22, 2013  06:34 PM ET
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Seems like an incomplete career if he is thinking that way already before he has a ring.

Barry Sanders? That's one I never understood.

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October 22, 2013  07:37 PM ET

Too early to talk retirement. He'll change his mind on his last year of the contract. It's not like he doesn't have time for his family. 3 months of vacation time every year should be enough. Just stop going to the Far East during the summer time.

October 22, 2013  07:45 PM ET
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Barry Sanders? That's one I never understood.

First thing I thought of too.

Barry made a VERY smart choice. But basketball isn't football.

October 22, 2013  08:33 PM ET

must be nice to retired that early

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October 22, 2013  11:35 PM ET

More like 41 road games, not counting the playoffs.

October 22, 2013  11:55 PM ET

this might be a tactic by Paul to increase his own demand/value or to increase the push and urgency of the organisation to continue to improve his team.

i don't really buy the 'family time' talk. trust me, they'll be more than happy and grateful of the millions of dollars that you brought in to make their lives substantially better.

October 23, 2013  12:00 AM ET

When John Madden retired from the Raiders he said it was to spend more time with his family. They interviewed him a few months later and he said this family stuff is really over rated.

October 23, 2013  07:35 AM ET

And name me a father (or mother) who wouldn't want to do the same except they have to work for a living. With the money he's made from PLAYING A GAME he could retire now if he wanted to. I've heard this for years about athletes wanting to spend more time for their family but they have to work holidays, travel, and so forth and woe is them. They're not heroes, they can just afford to do what most of us working people wish we could.

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October 23, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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right - my bad....that makes this even more idiotic

You should still feel sorry for him. He won't get to spend time w/ his family because he is working too hard. Playing in the NBA is not fun.

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