05-26-2008, 02:18 AM
Local High School Star
Join Date: Nov 2006
Paul to have busy summer...
Chris Paul's play this past season has positioned him for an offseason brimming with opportunities on and off the court that could further brighten his star
New Orleans, with its rich cultural history, has long exported some of the world's best and brightest.
The Neville Brothers.
Next up: Chris Paul.
Like others who made their name in the Crescent City, CP3 might be an international brand by the end of what might seem like an endless summer for the Hornets' star point guard.
Thanks to his breakout NBA season, Paul's offseason is expected to be the most hectic of his young career.
Fortune 500 companies want him to endorse their products.
Charities and civic organizations want him to make public appearances.
TV executives want him as a guest on their shows.
Publishers want him on their magazine covers.
And USA Basketball might want him to lead its men's team to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.
"Chris' life is going to change dramatically this summer," said Lance Young, Paul's agent with Octagon.
As befits a player who at 23 already is being compared to some of the game's all-time greats, Paul appears prepared for the challenge.
After the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs Monday night, he told his advisers he wanted to take two weeks to decompress from the season and prepare for a busy summer.
Young said they turned down a request by the NBA to work as a TV reporter/analyst during the playoffs.
The long season also forced him to cancel or postpone basketball camps in Oklahoma City and Winston-Salem, N.C.
"His summer is filled to the brim right now," Young said. "He's got a lot of stuff going on."
Paul recently completed a multiyear deal with Dial Corp. to make him the national spokesman for Right Guard deodorant. Following in the footsteps of former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen, Paul will appear in two national commercials and make public appearances on behalf of the company. His image also will appear on the product, Young said.
The Right Guard deal adds to an endorsement cache that already includes Jordan Brand and 2K Sports and is about to grow exponentially. Young said he is in talks with "six to 10 Fortune 500 companies" about sponsorship deals.
I'd rather he didn't play in the 2008 Olympics but he sounds like he wants to play. If he and/or Tyson are selected, I hope they don't play too many minutes.