Damn homie…get well, you gotta BIG contract waiting for you somewhere next year.
CLEVELAND — The New Orleans Hornets were more concerned with the condition of their star point guard than with talking about a win that was crucial to their playoff hopes.
Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher in the Hornets’ 96-81 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Hornets said the four-time All-Star was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where tests showed that Paul had a concussion.
Paul rejoined the Hornets at the arena and accompanied them on their charter flight to Chicago. He will miss Monday’s game.
In a text sent to ESPN The Magazine’s J.A. Adande, Paul said he “jammed up my neck pretty bad but I’ll be [all right].”
Hornets coach Monty Williams didn’t speak directly to Paul during a phone call he made to the hospital following the game.
“I talked to people in the room with him on the phone, and he is in good spirits, talking and cracking jokes in the background,” Williams said. “He was upset that they had to wait for the CT results. He was ready to get out of the hospital, as most of us hate being in hospitals. We’ll see what the doctors say.”
Williams said Paul knew the Hornets had won the game.
“He was getting updates,” Williams said. “The world is so small with these blackberries and iPhones. He probably knew the score before I did.”
Paul was injured with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter when he lost the ball driving into the lane as he was defended by Ramon Sessions and Samardo Samuels. When Paul tried to retrieve the ball, he hit his forehead on Sessions’ right shoulder and immediately fell to the court. Paul stayed on the floor as trainers from both teams attended to him.
Paul, who was moving his legs and feet, was placed on a flat board and a brace was put on his neck. Players from both teams surrounded him. He was wheeled to the locker room and gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he left the court. The fans gave him a loud ovation.
The Hornets said Paul was fully conscious and never lost any feeling anywhere.
Williams knew there was a problem when Paul didn’t get up.
“Chris is not the type to lay down,” he said. “To see him flat on the floor like that, you forget about basketball for a minute and you start thinking about him as a person, his fiancee and his kid. It is amazing how thin that line can be at times. You just worry about your guys.”
As much as we want to see athletes compete at the highest level, it’s always tough to see any athlete laid out like that. Take it easy CP3 the
Hornets, Knicks, your family is depending on you.
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