Throughout his entire life, Chris Paul has always been serious about basketball. Despite never winning an NBA championship (at least not yet) or even an MVP, CP3 will always be considered one of the best point guards ever to step foot in the NBA. His high-level basketball IQ, playmaking, scoring, and leadership speak volumes about how great he is on the court, which he's embodied as early as high school. His focus on being an all-time great was intact very early in life.
Basketball over women
When CP3 once delivered a seminar in front of the high school students of West Forsyth High School, he admitted that the reason why he achieved his dreams was that he never let distractions get in his way at a young age. One distraction the 12-time All-Star avoided, in particular, was getting into relationships because he believed that would've hindered him from excelling both in school and on the court.
"You got a boyfriend? How old are you? 14? Ok, so y'all been on the phone talking all night? You don't even have a phone? Ok. Well, listen. I understand, I'm not mad at you. Does anybody know how many girlfriends I had when I was here? 1? Nope. 4? Damn, I appreciate it, but not quite... None, exactly none, and I tell people all the time my girlfriend was my basketball, that was my girlfriend," Paul said in a speech.
"But this is the thing, too, at your guys' age, what do you have to talk about? Especially if your boyfriend and girlfriend go to school here. You ain't got that much to talk about, so you're sitting on the phone all night listening to each other breath. I had a plan, I didn't have time to have a boyfriend or girlfriend or walk seeing people hug, that's disgusting. Go to class..," Paul added.
Everyone has their way of excelling in their crafts
In fairness to CP3, he didn't discourage high school students from getting into relationships. He just said that's what helped him be a first-team All-American basketball player during his days at Wake Forest University while still attaining a GPA of 3.21 in high school. The bigger lesson is the ability to avoid certain distractions, even how tempting they may be, to achieve a bigger goal — and that's what Paul did to become an all-time basketball great.
Ultimately, CP3 still found the love of his life in college, Jada Crawley, with whom he has 2 kids. So if you're a teenager reading this and looking for a sign on how to achieve your goals, maybe take Paul's advice — or maybe not — but the main point is distractions always come and go, but what matters is making sure it never eliminates your chance of achieving what truly matters in your life.