NBA Stars Play in the Triad

~By Joe Bruno and Eric Halperin

New Orleans Hornets Point Guard Chris Paul returned to play in his hometown Winston-Salem last Saturday, and he brought some friends.

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets PG

The “CP3 Allstar Pickup Game” was a charity basketball game hosted by Paul with superstar players competing.

The players included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony and Josh Howard.

The game supported Winston-Salem State Athletics and the Chris Paul Foundation- a foundation started by Paul to honor his late grandfather.

“My grandfather was about community, home and giving back,” Paul said. “Everybody always asks, ‘why here?’ This is home for me.”

The game was played at Winston-Salem State University, the alma mater of Paul’s parents.

The game was played in the C.E. Gaines Center named after the late Winston-Salem State Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines, a close family friend of Paul dating back to his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones.

“For a lot of kids here at this game, they probably don’t know much about coach, but I knew Coach Gaines personally, and he used to come by my granddad’s service station all the time,” Paul said. “I know he’s in heaven smiling down and wishing he could be here.”

Oklahoma City Thunder star, Kevin Durant

The teams:

White 175 Black 146
Chris Paul NO Lebron James MIA
Stephen Curry GS Dwyane Wade MIA
John Wall WASH Kyrie Irving CLE
J.R. Smith DEN Raymond Felton POR
Josh Howard WASH Rudy Gay MEM
Kevin Durant OKC Josh Shelby MEM
Carmelo Anthony DEN Tristan Thompson CLE
Mario Chalmers MIA

Scoring leaders:


Player Points
Kevin Durant

48

Chris Paul

39

Rudy Gay

38

John Wall

34

Dwayne Wade

32

LeBron James

30

Post game tweets:

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade autographs a jersey during a timeout

“Had a great time and run at CP3 All-Star Pick- Up game at Winston Salem St! Loved the crowd, they was in 2 it from the jump!! Much love WSSU,” LeBron James said via Twitter [sic].

“2nite showed how much we love ths game. Had a blast at @CP3 allstar pickup game…up next South florida Allstar classic a week from 2day,” Dwyane Wade said via Twitter [sic].

“Oh yea @John_Wall and @KingJames had 2 of the nastiest dunks I’ve ever seen! Wowwww,” Kevin Durant said via Twitter [sic].

“Had alot of fun with my NBA homies at the big bro @CP3 Charity basketball game at #WSSU… Thanks to all the people that came out,” John Wall said via Twitter [sic].

“Had fun at the game tonight. Felt good to be a part of tonight’s game! S/O to my brother @CP3,” Rudy Gay said via Twitter [sic].

For more information on the Chris Paul Foundation, visit their website at http://www.cp3foundation.org

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