Two of the
They played AAU basketball against each other as teens. They played in the 2003 McDonald's All-American game. They were on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold at the
"He's like one of my best friends," Paul said recently of James. "We talk every week, all the time."
Paul gave a speech at James' wedding and was at the hospital for the birth of his two sons. James was at Paul's son's first birthday party.
"We're each other kids' godparents," Paul said.
But now the
Paul is averaging 17.7 points and 9.6 assists a game for the Clippers (33-16), who are in fifth place in the Western Conference. James is averaging 26.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game for the Cavaliers (30-20), who are in fifth place in the East.