The Chris Paul HBCU sneaker tour didn’t stop just because Chris Paul didn’t play in the game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard sat out Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul sat on the bench in stylish sneakers representing North Carolina Central University.
NCCU, of course, is latest Chris Paul HBCU shoutout in the NBA bubble.
The list so far goes:
North Carolina A&T
Albany State University
Savannah State University
A long way back
The Winston-Salem, NC native has a special connection with not only the Durham, NC school, but it’s basketball coach as well.
Paul and LeVelle Moton are real-life friends that have known each other for over 25 years. Moton told our Tolly Carr this spring he actually met Chris and his brother C.J. back in the 1990s when Paul was an elementary-school-aged kid.
“My best friend at the time was Jerry Stackhouse. Jerry and I was in high school, and Jerry dated a young lady that used to babysit them,” Moton remembered. “Jerry used to go to see her, and she’s babysitting Chris and C.J.”
Moton says the two blossomed into friends, and he trained the future NBA All-Star a few times.
Based off Moton’s reaction to Paul putting his program on, he’ll be hitting up his homie for some new kicks.