Chris Paul Says He May “Retire Prematurely”

Jul 10, 2013; Playa Vista, CA, USA; The family of Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (second right) pose for a photo after today

Taking some time from the basketball court, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul is set to appear on “Real Sports With Bryant Gumble”, one of the more prestigious sports shows on television.

In the interview Paul takes a sit down with correspondent Mary Castillo to speak on his personal life including his kids, the way he was raised coming up and the death of his grandfather who died a day after Paul committed to Wake Forest University during his junior year in high school.

Here is a clip from the interview:

The most interesting piece of the excerpt is Paul speaking on retiring from the NBA, noting he may do it earlier than most would expect him to.

“Seriously. No one loves to play basketball more than I do, but I could honestly see myself stopping a little earlier or maybe premature just because I hate to miss anything with my kids. I would hate for my kids to, you know,  recall those special moments in their life and I wasn’t there.” Paul and college sweetheart Jada Crawley currently have two kids Chris Paul Jr. who is seen almost everywhere with his dad and Cameryn Paul who was born last summer.

This past summer Paul signed a 5-year, $107 million contract to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. That contract will take him out to the age of 33 which would be the 13th year in his career. He’ll likely receive another contract at that time, but that could possibly be the last deal he takes as a NBA and a relatively short one.

The show, entering it’s 19th season and 199th episode, will debut on TUESDAY, OCT. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Topics: Chris Paul, Chris Paul Speaks On Retirement, HBO, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel

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