…or your heart, a System of the Down album or your daughter’s virginity.
Chris Paul has been surpassing records and milestones as fast as autumnal leaves fall, and each time he collects a steal in the next 12 games, he draws closer to the NBA mark for thefts in consecutive games.
The record is held by former San Antonio Spurs guard Alvin Robertson, who had 105 consecutive games with a steal from Nov. 6, 1985, to Dec. 29, 1986. Paul ranks second with at least one steal in 93 games in a row. He passed Michael Jordan (77) in the final weeks of last season, and looks to build on the streak in tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings at the New Orleans Arena.
Through nine games this season, Paul has 27 steals — an average of three per game — both best in the NBA.
Byron Scott fully understands the depths of CP3’s kleptomania and presumably keeps his whistles, car keys and Disney Dollars stored out of sight in one of those impenetrable shaving cream safes.
“You bring it anywhere near his vicinity, he’s got the ball,” [says Scott.] “He’s got an uncanny ability to know where the ball is going.” …
“He’s just got a gift for it. Everything else he does, the scoring, the assists, the unbelievable passes he makes, like anything else, that gets the highlights. But on the defensive end, he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.”
Chris’ explanation? (Paraphrasing) “I dunno…I’m just sorta fucking awesome, I guess.”
“That’s one thing I’ve always done since high school, just knowing the game, knowing what teams are running and understanding where guys are trying to pass the ball.
“I really pride myself on when I get a deflection not to let the other team come up with it. I like to steal the ball.”
And I like ice cream. So in a way, we should be considered equally talented.