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Our next guest is one of the hottest professional athletes right now he turned to the New Orleans Hornets into a major force in the NB -- practically single handed.
But -- -- a lot of pros Chris Paul's success has not resulted in a bad attitude and his charitable efforts have made him stand out as well his latest effort a children's book titled long -- never too small to dream that big earlier.
I spoke -- NBA phenomena Chris Paul take a look.
Chris Paul great to see if I ask for right here conference have.
How did you come about all of this idea of doing a book just kids -- my passion in her room they have a pastor for kids in -- what better way than to.
To write a children's book filled for kids -- could relate to but it was all your idea nobody came and said hey you know I could make some money if you're right on on have a great support system around with my family and friends and stuff and whose idea in.
It came it came to allow frank Morrison who has some wonderful side it is this is a book here good good the story is as important is as the illustration how did you get him.
Man I'm just looking there a few different books look and a different illustrators and came across the few of his work -- -- -- A-Rod and Queen Latifah and -- from books and when this -- worked -- is it's amazing because the book the story is great of course but the pictures really make it off well it's it's a great combination and paid by the way you have the foundation of your own nature that you're involved in -- and other foundations is that is that where the money from this is going yes.
Our foundations try to CP three foundation we do a lot of different things and then my hometown community -- -- Salem and also one rule and the China give back in.
And give kids a different opportunities I mean out of head when I was coming up now let's talk about fuel and.
-- -- it of course an -- and hornets but but New Orleans itself it's it's it's gone so come so far in making a comeback.
From the devastating hurricanes you've suffered it is is this city back to where was before.
Getting there is getting there if you actually if you come to the downtown area where every one.
Pretty much come to all the conventions -- back you know but if you go out through a lot of places where the people live in.
The rewards that we're -- exactly exactly there's still a lot of work to needs to be done.
And that's what.
You know people come in and give back after this all about and it's not always about the monetary value that people give -- you can give your time and if you -- New Orleans love it -- Much now let's talk about the hornets because a lot of folks -- -- mentioned that you were going to be obviously what he totally revived don't -- -- I mean it wasn't for him.
What -- -- patted down play and your role in bad.
You gotta you gotta admit that you have done a lot to bring that team back is in the spotlight really been -- really been been fighting my first team.
Fitted for the record came.
Now we're back in in New Orleans and I'm not that the city really has got behind this and I think that has had a key role in the development of -- Now as people look at this two shot keep it on this to shut director because.
Normally when I'm on with a basketball player I would have to have about three telephone -- under my rear ended order.
But you are my -- it then there's I don't think I've ever seen a basketball star before that was six feet tall six -- -- and I got a sixty need to admit I think -- a good day six wanted to -- rod 600 good today we'll go to that they would not slouching.
But I needed when you first went into a professional basketball the people doubt that a guy yourself -- the work -- they still do and that's that's the inspiration.
On this book you know -- Carl Long shot never too small to dream big.
When I was a kid my brother and his friends are always picked on house too small to do is too small to do that and I mean now like you're our Brothers are bigger -- -- -- I'm -- and now I'll get it within.
You know him and his friends picked on me and even so now just like you -- say it.
People look at me now and they say you play an NBA.
So are still coming out now have you thought about your life after professional basketball most definitely most definitely hopefully that's years musician yes it will be there will be trust but at the same time definitely always think about because there's life -- about tomorrow.
What do you think what do you tell you gonna maybe get into her writing career that's definitely something I'm I'm I'm -- and then in a lot of different other things but.
Actually want to wait for two years.
And actually in the process to get my degree now oh congratulations.
And wow as -- have there been many other -- pro that's what players have done that.
Day has been a few armor -- Carter did I was a kid that time I think he had -- NBA game the day.
He graduated from college -- and graduated a -- that's what and who's your inspiration for that.
My parents my pants you know when I want to -- for -- I set out to.
Get a college degree hoped to found a plan NBA you just because NBA came sooner that doesn't mean that that -- away.
You know it just means that.
-- won't take a little bit longer but -- still good article you've got some great parents and they really inspired you will always -- things that's wonderful when you graduate when you get your degree how that's a good question hopefully sooner than later but I do I would tell -- this one when that day come I wanna walk across the stage.
Even -- -- walking with god this -- fifteen years younger than me a little longer because of the days when when -- often.
You're an inspiration Chris you really are -- a lot of people -- just get totally.
Side swiped by all of the money and the fame and everything and don't go back to look what you've done it this far congratulations he's so much -- how -- you that you can you please come back as he's again we'll do -- write the book is a long shot itself partly autobiographical.
As we found out today.
And we hope that sells a million -- -- thanks a lot harder now.
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