Chris Paul, one day after his 61-year-old grandfather was murdered, scored 61 points in a high school basketball game, intentionally missed a free throw, and asked his coach to pull him out. He then sat on the sideline and wept.
He was 6 points away from winning the most points in a single game (the state record). He still purposely stayed at 61 points to honor his grandpa.
After returning to the basketball court, his first thought was "How can I go out there on that court knowing my grandfather's not there?" Paul said. "And my aunt mentioned before I went to the Parkland game, she said, 'How about 61 points for your granddad?' And I just thought to myself, 'That would be lovely' and I just thought to myself, 'Ain't no way I can do that.'"
"Everyone has to die, but I just thought my granddad was one of those people who never would," Paul said.
It was a great performance from the bottom of the heart by Chris Paul. That season, Chris Paul was named a McDonald's All-American and after that everyone watched him because of his great game with 61 points.
"I think I heard some of the children talk about it but I didn't believe them," said the teen's mother, Robin Paul. "I mean 61 points, come on. That's just almost unreal, so I didn't believe it."
"It was the kind of night that would be really hard to forget," Coach David Laton said.
Paul finished the season with averages of 30.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 6 steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals.
After High School, he played for Wake Forest University. He averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He was one of the best players in the history of the Wake Forest University. On March 2, 2011, they retired his number.
Everything else is the history. New Orleans Hornets selected him with the 4th pick and today, everyone knows about Chris Paul.
He is one of the best point guards in the history of the game. He didn't win an NBA Championship so far, and he will become an unrestricted free agent next season. He deserves to win the title, but we'll see if he will stay with the Los Angeles Clippers or maybe he could change the club like Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade this off-season.