NBA player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers gets all dapper for his Fall Style photo shoot with GQ Magazine. For his fashion spread, CP wears designer pieces including Gant Rugger, David Hart & Co., Dsquared2, Ralph Lauren, Jordan Brand, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, Gucci, Billionaire Boys Club, Club Manaco, Michael Bastian, Todd Snyder and much more. In his cover story, the 27-year-old North Carolina native talks about his past altercation with Pau Gasol, the positive aspect of being short, being a people person and the importance of family and having a good support system. Below are some excerpts:
On his past altercation with Lakers player Pau Gasol after he patted him on the head after the two had exchanged words:
“We call that sonnin’. Like when I take Li’l Chris to the bathroom, I’ll walk with my hand on his head. That’s my son. You know what I mean? I understand that Gasol is that tall, but don’t do to me what I do to my son.”
The positive aspect of being short:
“I’ve been fortunate to be short my entire life. I look puzzled. There’s only one position I’ve ever had to play, and that’s point guard. So I’ve always had to be that leader. And that was my job: you know, to talk.“
On being a people person:
“I’m a big-time people person, too. Like, I love people. I hate to be by myself.” He repeats the phrase to himself, quieter each time: “I hate to be by myself. I hate to be by myself. I hate to be by myself.”
Sports jacket, $1,480, by Etro. Rugby shirt, $145, by Gant Rugger. Dress shirt, $108, by Saturdays NYC. Tie, $125, by David Hart & Co. Pocket square, $8, by The Tie Bar. Jeans, $470, by Dsquared2. Shoes, $850, by Ralph Lauren. Belt by J.Crew. Watch by Rolex.
Coat, $3,600 by Prada. Windbreaker, $560, and khakis, $420, by Prada. Shirt, $135 by Gant Rugger. Tie, $225 by Brunello Cucinelli. Sneakers, $160 by Jordan Brand.
Source GQ | Photographer Nathaniel Goldberg
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On the importance of family and having a good support system:
“I realize that I’m not going to be doing interviews for the cover of GQ for the rest of my life, know what I mean? I’m on TV because I play basketball really well. But when all this is over with—say something crazy happens, God forbid, and I can’t perform anymore. All those people that were in there? They’re still gonna be there.”
Vest, $170 by Club Monaco. Sports jacket, $950 by Gant by Michael Bastian. Shirt, $175 by Todd Snyder. Tie, $115 by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Pants, $143 by Vanishing Elephant. Belt by J.Crew. Watch by Audemars Piguet.
Jacket, $3,790 by Gucci. Sweatshirt, $120 by Velva Sheen. Shirt, $280 by Band of Outsiders. Tie, $15 by The Tie Bar. Pants, $450 by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. Belt by J.Crew. Hat by Blk Pine Workshop. Bag by Tom Ford.
Jacket, $1,280 by Bee Line by Billionaire Boys Club. Shirt, $178 by Gant by Michael Bastian. Tie, $115 by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Jeans, $328 by Diesel. Sneakers, $105 by Jordan Brand.
Read the cover story in its entirety and see more pics over at GQ.