After winning the NBA All-Star MVP with 20 points and 15 assists, Chris Paul did what any reasonable human being would do in that situation: get the high holy hell out of Houston and come to Las Vegas.
Paul came directly to Lavo after the February 17 game to celebrate both his brother CJ’s 30th birthday and helping to marginally ruin LeBron James’ evening. When he got to the club about 1:30 a.m., he handed off his MVP trophy to Lavo’s marketing director, who stored it in an office safe while Paul partied. Which is exactly why other leagues all need to start following the NHL’s example and make their trophies out of things from which one can drink at least a magnum of Champagne.
Also getting out of Houston as fast as advances in air travel could conceivably allow him: Talib Kweli, who made it to The Bank along with his wife, Cynthia. She donned her nom de turntable DJ Eque to back up Kweli as he did a set of three songs, ending with “Get By.”
The real moral of the story here: Unless you’re offered a contract by the Astros, there is no good reason to ever be in Houston. And even then you might want to hire Scott Boras to fish around and see what else is out there.