Chris Paul threw up after being traded from Clippers
Following the 2016-17 NBA season, the Chris Paul trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets signaled one of the wildest offseasons in recent history. After failing to make it to the Western Conference Finals in six seasons with Los Angeles, Paul surprisingly opted into his contract and was then traded to Houston.
As the Rockets have secured the league’s best record and will have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, Paul revealed what happened when the Clippers traded him according to Sarah Berger of CNBC:
“Everyone always thinks us athletes, we’ve always got it together. That’s a lie,” Paul tells CNBC Make It. “I was throwing up at the photo shoot.
“I was out there taking pictures,” Paul continues, “and I was like, ‘Give me a second.’ Boom. I ran out, threw up. Boom. Came back and acted like I had just taken a phone call. [It was] just the anxiety of knowing that there was a change that was coming.”
After making a big decision, the 32-year-old admitted he was scared about the change, according to Berger:
Paul admits he was scared. “I had been living in L.A. for the past six years. The decision that I made was not only going to affect me, but my family, my kids, everybody around me. It was a big decision.
“Who would have known it’s been one of the best things of my life.”
When Paul was traded to the Rockets, most questioned how he would fit with James Harden as they are two dominant ball-handling guards. However, Paul and Harden quickly figured it out and the Rockets are a legitimate threat to dethroning the Golden State Warriors, who are trying to get healthy at this point of the season.
With three games remaining before the playoffs, there will be pressure for Paul to lead Houston to unfamiliar territory. However, with this being perhaps the best team he has played on, Paul will have plenty of help if they can remain relatively healthy.
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