Chris Paul is very excited about his new vase. (Photos by Tom Donaghue. Additional photos by Al Powers)
Quick! Who’s the biggest nerd in all of basketball? Dirk Nowitzki? Steve Nash? Muggsy Bogues? (Come on, just look at him.) Nope, nope and probably up until now, but moving forward, nope.
Chris Paul hosted the first TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament at Palazzo on Saturday, where he dressed like this, with those glasses, and then posed with a championship crystal trophy after winning his own ping pong tournament.
He then went home and watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Twice.
Actually, he went to Tao with fellow basketball/ping pong stars Alan Anderson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Michael Conley, Jerome Williams, Royal Ivey, Andre Igoudala, Kyrie Irving, Greg Oden, Jerry Stackhouse, Al Harrington, Tyronn Lue, Roger Mason, Sebastien Telfair and Kenny Smith.
He did dinner with his brother, CJ, and STackhouse, while they were joined up at the club by Russell Westbrook and Carmello Anthony. Also at Tao that night was Josh Groban, who for once wasn’t the geekiest dude in the club. All thanks to the magic of Chris Paul and his ping pong paddles.
Paul and compand did Lavo on Friday night where David Spade and Kevin Farley, younger brother and nigh-doppleganger of Chris.