Although it’s been a few months since Jada has given birth to Camryn Alexis, Chris Paul still remembers what it was like to have a wife who was expecting for the first time.


“Those experiences are exactly why I’m not having any more kids,” says the NBA star to Robert “Daddy” Nickell. “With our first child, my wife was on an emotional roller coaster. I’ll never forget, we were about to walk into our bedroom and I stepped into the laundry room and I was just messing with her and what-not, and I jumped out and scared her. And she was hysterical. She cried, and she cried.”

The basketball player adds, “I still think back to it now [because] my son’s kind of scary. And I think that because I scared her that day, and she jumped the way that she did, that my son is a scary person now because of that day.”

Although some philosophies place an emphasis on the father being the family’s breadwinner, Chris tells Robert that the most important element of parenthood is time. “The most valuable thing that you have is your time,” explains the star. “I tell people all the time [that] my kids are the most important thing to me and being with them, being around them…anytime I have to go somewhere it kills me. I hate it. I hate traveling now because my son is old enough and he’ll tell me, ‘Dad I’m going to miss you while you’re gone. Why are you leaving me?'”

Chris goes on to say, “It kills me to know that there are times when my son will be playing in basketball games or something, and I won’t be there. So, time. That’s one thing that your kids will never forget. They may not remember something about money or something like that, but they will remember whether or not you were there when they needed you.”

Chris and wife Jada Paul have two kids, Chris II and Camryn Alexis.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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