Chris Paul sucks. 27-8-8. Can’t even get a triple double. Only 2 steals and only 7-7 from the free throw line. Only led the team to victory over the woeful Warriors, and let them crawl back from the -20 they were all game to lose by ten. Horrible. I can’t believe Hornets fans want him mentioned in the MVP conversation.
Psych. Chris Paul = Where Amazing Happens. I really can’t sum it up better than a friend of mine, Alden, who turned to me after the first quarter of the Lakers game, and said straight-faced, “that Chris Paul is a wizard.” Right? CP does seem to routinely defy the laws of physics. How better to put it? Incredulously, though, no one calls CP “the Wizard,” “the Little Wizard,” or anything similar. So how to describe his play?
I mean, most great players have some kind of nickname, right? We know this much, Chris is often referred to as CP3, or just CP. Sometime last year, the nickname was coined “Baby-Faced Assassin.” Not bad, but ever since I’ve seen Kevin Martin play (who, by the way is not “K-Mart”, that one’s already taken, thank you very much), I have trouble calling Paul “baby-faced.”
Luckily, some of our Chinese friends over at Hoop China helped us out. You may recall that during the Olympics, the commentators talked about the Chinese giving several marquee NBA players nicknames. While, at that time, they reported Chris didn’t have one, we’ve learned since this is not true. The following comes from HornetsHype poster, Jonas:
[The Chinese] call CP3 “little baby” cause his last name Paul…sound[s] like chinese word “baby”, and he’s so lovely that we call him “little baby”. We also call CP3…“King of hornets”…we finally call him CP3 as you guys in US. But also we call him…“black ghost”, “small cannon”(Paul also sound[s] like Chinese word cannon), [and] “sun of hornets” (The King is also the sun of hornets).
Also, from HornetsHype poster, Lucialanlan:
Great stuff. TT6 says she likes “Small Cannon.” I also want to add another, courtesy of our enemies of the night, though cool blog, Golden State of Mind, who posted a comic featuring CP, where the “Name Forge of Destiny,” decides that for CP’s “obvious virtuosity,” and “ability to thoroughly lay waste to all who stand in your way” that he be referred to as the “Grief Merchant.” That’s my favorite. Grief Merchant.
So tell me, what is your favorite CP nickname?