Paul Cheered in Return to New Orleans
He had hoped to again hear the ubiquitous “wooooo.” But at least the first sound that reached his ears as he returned to the New Orleans Arena on Thursday night wasn’t “booooo.”
Playing in the Crescent City for the first time since the Hornets were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last April against the Lakers, Chris Paul made his only appearance of the season here with the Clippers. During pregame introductions by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the sellout crowd of 17,209 in attendance cheered Paul, with only a tiny smattering of jeers mixed in.
If that was a relief, Paul wasn’t about to say.
“You always wonder; you never know,” Paul said afterward when asked if he thought fans would look upon his return with disdain. “It’s inevitable. You control what you can control. I always have love for this city.”