Chris Paul credits his wife, Jada Crawley, with finding their Houston dream home.
Chris Paul's new Houston area mansion is huge. For good reason. He's moved 11 people into the area when he joined the Rockets.
The fate of the Houston Rockets rests in Chris Paul’s hands more than ever in the wake of James Harden’s injury. But Paul credits his wife with making sure he’s more comfortable than ever off the court.
“My wife has been unbelievable,” Paul tells PaperCity in an exclusive interview. “Unbelievable. Fans get a chance to see me playing basketball, but she’s done everything else.
“She found us a house. We lived in a rental house till about a month ago. We moved my brother, his wife, his kids, my little cousin (to Houston). Think we moved like 11 people. She has been the one who orchestrated that.”
The Pauls buying a house in the Houston area so soon — and not just any house, we’re talking about an 18,000-plus square foot mega mansion with nine bedrooms and 14 bathrooms — carries plenty of significance. Paul is in the last year of his contract — and he’ll become a free agent this summer after just one season with the Rockets.
This massive home purchase is another big sign that Paul intends to be in Houston for the long haul, though. The house in Spring was listed at $8 million, and it borders the Jack Nicklaus course at The Club at Carlton Woods. That is no small perk for a devoted golfer like Paul.
Of course, all that space will come in even more handy considering how many people relocated from Los Angeles when the NBA’s Point God jumped from the Clippers to the Rockets over the summer. For Paul, life is truly a family affair. There was no doubt that his brother’s entire family and more would be moving with him to Houston.
Now, the Pauls are already getting settled in — and making a mark in their new community.
On the night, I sat down for a one-on-one interview with Paul, the All-Star point guard was at Saks Fifth Avenue in The Galleria, promoting his collaboration with Hook & Albert on a collection of travel bags and men’s accessories. Paul showed up a few minutes early, wearing an eye-catching Gucci sweater. But he didn’t show up alone.
His wife Jada Crawley, his brother C.J. Paul and his cousin all came with him to Saks’ restaurant 51Fifteen — and his parents were expected to join them later at the official event downstairs.
Chris Paul does not travel with any traditional athlete’s entourage. He rolls everywhere with his family. And this close-knit group has grown infinitely more comfortable with Houston much more quickly than anyone could have imagined when Paul’s trade to Houston was orchestrated. On that day, Paul’s 8-year-old son (nicknamed Little Chris by the family) came into his parents room with one question.
“He asked me, ‘Dad, do I have to go?’ ” Paul says. “As a parent — that’s just real life stuff.”
Now after months of renting, the Pauls have their new Houston base — a place to call home for the long term. At least by NBA standards. This does not sound like a player who plans to move again anytime soon.
For more from PaperCity’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Paul — including a photo shoot that dissolved into tears, what’s made him such a budding fashion tycoon and his love for hidden logos, stay tuned.