The Los Angeles Clippers spent their offseason re-signing point guard Chris Paul to a five year, $107 million dollar contract. It might be his last as Paul told HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ that he would rather call it quits earlier than he needs to so he can spend time with his family and not miss important life events:
“I love to play basketball more than anybody,” Paul said. “I’m serious, nobody loves to play basketball more than I do. But I could honestly see myself maybe stopping a little early or premature just because I hate to miss anything with my kids. I would hate for my kids to recall those special moments in their life, and I wasn’t there.”
So many times you see great talents do everything they can to selfishly extend their careers, often times becoming a shell of their former self in the process, so it’s nice to see an athlete suggest he may walk away before he physically needs to in effort to spend more time with their loved ones.
Paul will be 32-years-old when his contract expires, assuming he doesn’t exercise his fourth year player early termination option.
H/T Point Forward