Paul underwent LASIK eye surgery this summer as part of an offseason filled with medical procedures. In a span of three weeks, Paul had his hand operated on, his eyes fixed and a sports hernia repaired.The LASIK, which was performed by Dr. Kerry Assil in Beverly Hills, caused Paul the most distress.Despite years of telling reporters that his rolled ankles and sprained fingers would be “fine,” on Wednesday, Paul admitted the truth. He’s a hypochondriac.“If something is wrong, I feel like I’m dying,” he said. “When I got the LASIK, they had to give me two Valiums. They tell you it’s going to be grainy for a couple of weeks. I had to put eye drops in for two weeks, four times a day. I was having panic attacks.“I couldn’t sleep. These are your eyes. They get dry. I was stressed out.”When talking about the surgery, which family members had been pushing him to get for years, Paul repeatedly said, “These are your eyes” with disbelief in his voice because of how crazy the notion of laser surgery there seems to him.And, when you’ve watched him play, it makes sense.For years, Paul’s vision has been what’s helped separate him from the rest of the NBA. He’s averaged 9.9 assists per game, leading the league in that category four times. He’s always scanning the floor, looking for the open player or the perfect pass.But, apparently, it would have been easier if he had put on a pair of readers.“As long as I could see the rim,” he said, “I felt like I was cool.”But the Paul family knew what LASIK could do. His father and brother both had the procedure during Paul’s rookie season and they raved about the results. While they were seeing 20/20, Paul was struggling to see when he looked over at the bench.“Everyone used to tell me I squinted on the court,” Paul said. “Like when (coach) Doc (Rivers) was trying to get my attention to call a play, they’d say I squinted all the time.”At his mother’s urging, Paul decided to put his fears, with the help of sedatives, to rest and allow a doctor to slice open his corneas with a laser and reshape his vision.“It was probably the most nerve-wracking thing I ever did,” he said, adding that it helped that close friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade previously had the procedure.During his recovery, Paul was so concerned when anything was slightly off, he said he called his eye doctor almost daily for three consecutive weeks.“My nerves; my anxiety,” he said. “Those are your eyes!”Paul’s through the anxiety now and he’s an advocate for the procedure. He talked Indiana’s Paul George through his recovery. On Wednesday, he sermonized on the advantages and marveled at his improvement.When he opened his eyes the morning after the surgery, he knew what the rest of the NBA was about to find out.“Oh my God,” he said. “… I can damn near read the fine print.”Oh my God, indeed. There was a small catch, though. Paul wasn’t reading from anything at all. There wasn’t an eye chart inside the Clippers practice facility.He’d memorized the 15 letters, maybe in an effort to convince eye doctors he didn’t need to correct his vision.“Somebody (over the years) might have said I needed contacts or glasses,” Paul said.Until this past May, Paul never considered listening.Six months later, he’s reading the fine print on water bottles 10 feet away. He’s reading street signs at night. And, in what might not be a coincidence, Paul is above his career numbers in every category and making 3-pointers and free throws at a rate better than he had in his 11 previous NBA seasons. LOS ANGELES>> Chris Paul, the Clippers’ sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard, listed them off one after another.“F-E-L-O-P-Z-D. D-E-F-P-O-T-E-C”He recited the 20/25 and 20/20 lines on the eye chart in rapid succession. He didn’t pause to squint. He didn’t strain a single muscle on his face. He made it, pardon the pun, look easy. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“And [Saturday] night, they had nothing, we had nothing in the tank.”The great thing about this team is they always bounce back because they have so much pride.”But what they’ve accomplished — this team has the best record over the last four seasons of any four-year period in the history of the NBA. What they’ve done is just remarkable.” Stephen Curry spoke of his admiration for the Warriors’ culture after they reached 50 regular-season wins for a sixth straight season by beating the Pistons 121-114 on Sunday.The back-to-back NBA champions responded in style to their 35-point loss to the Mavericks on Saturday as the returning Curry, rested the previous night, led the team with 26 points. Golden State, atop the Western Conference standings and already assured of a playoff place, now boast a 50-23 record with nine games still to play before the postseason begins.”It’s kind of surreal, to be honest,” Curry told reporters after the game.”You talk about the history of the organization, how hard it is to win NBA games, win championships and string together [wins] year after year after year….it takes a collection of talented guys, a commitment to trying to put together the best team possible every year.The Dubs clinched their sixth straight 50+ win season with the winRelive the best moments with #JBLxGSW pic.twitter.com/YPQizF9MBD— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 25, 2019″That’s front office, coaching staff, all the way down. So, I think I have a true appreciation for what we’ve been able to do and want to continue it for as long as we can.”Despite boasting a roster stacked with All-Star talent, Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels there is not a true appreciation for how consistent his team is game after game and year on year.”It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through — physically, emotionally, spiritually, trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title, trying to stay on top of the mountain. It’s hard,” he said.
High Mountain Coffee Road Race fever appears at high pitch 24 hours before the event hit its Williamsfield home in Manchester. There was a beehive of activity at the old Williamsfield round-a-bout, with stalls being erected on every possible land space in proximity. Organisers also anticipate a record amount of entries. Proceeds this year will go to the Mandeville Hospital. The event features the very popular 10K road race, but there will be strong interest around competition in the 5K run and 5K walk. The main route will be the same as previous years, taking participants from the new Williamsfield round-a-bout up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the old Williamsfield community park. The current best of local long distance racing will be there, but additional spice will come from specially invited international competitors. Black Star on top in St Elizabeth Major League Following the ninth round of matches in the Manchester FA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, defending champions Hillstars are back on top of the standings. Hillstars’ 1-0 win over Land Settlement, which came courtesy of a 90th minute strike by Thorn Simpson, pushed them to 22 points, one more than Ricam Academy. Ricam, who were the previous leaders, were pegged back by a 2-2 draw. Another team, Downs, also profited from Ricam’s loss, jumping to 21 points with a 2-1 win over Greenvale. The league’s golden boot winner last year, Gary McDonald, scored both goals for Downs. Interestingly, all four goals in that game were scored in the first half. Alligator Pond stayed fourth with 18 points despite being held 0-0 by Georges Valley. Hillstars back on top in Manchester Treasure Beach night football heats up High Mountain 10K fever hit Williamsfield Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by last-placed Tafari Lions, the Black River-based Black Star hold a seven-point lead on nearest challengers Real Treasure Beach in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League. Having completed seven league games, Black Star are on 19 points, with Real Treasure Beach (12) and the pair of St Bess FC and Super Action in hot pursuit on 10 points each. Black Star’s record includes six wins and they enjoy a plus-10 goal differential. In another remarkable result, Real Treasure Beach edged Super Action 1-0. At present, the goalscoring standings see three players with four goals each. They are Turnesta Stewart and Romario Smith of Super Action and Davian Ash of Black Star. Today’s matches: Newell United vs Tafari Lions FC at Hounslow, Holland PYC vs Black Star FC at Holland. Tomorrow’s matches: Real Treasure Beach FC vs Vineyard YC at Treasure Beach Sports Park, Haughton United vs Appleton Estate FC at Elim, Super Action YC vs St Bess FC at Holland. Eight teams have already advanced to the second round of the South St Elizabeth six-a-side night football competition now on at Treasure Beach Sports Park. They are Gunner FC, Eyes Burning, Wild Onion, Ghetto Youth, Great Bay, Untouchable, Tennant and Longwood. Earlier in the week, Untouchable eliminated Police National 2-1, Tennant crushed Middle East 4-0, while Longwood sent Seaview All Star packing with a 3-0 defeat. The competition continues tonight with the following games: Rio Striker vs Hopewell Masters, Round Hill vs Edusport and Jakes FC vs Boom 11.