As the U.S. Men's Basketball team finished their 119-82 drubbing over previously undefeated Spain, point guard Chris Paul turned his attention to the day off. When NBC reporter Craig Sager asked Paul what his plans were, his response was, "Man, we in China."
That being said, I e-mailed Paul's representative and was promptly given an itinerary for Paul's adventure around China on his day off, so here it is.
5:30 a.m. Beijing Time (BST)
Paul wakes up to a call from Hornets All-Star forward David West, who called to congratulate Paul on a nice win. Clearly West forgot about the time difference between China and the U.S.
6:30 a.m. BST
Paul and U.S. assistant coach Jim Boeheim digest some eggs and oatmeal as they discuss their next opponent, Germany.
8:00 a.m. BST
Because Coach K instructed his players not to stray too far on the day off, Paul visits the Great Wall of China in Beijing. He apparently told reporters, "This wall is huge, man. I never thought it would be this big. No wonder they call it great."
1:00 p.m. BST
Paul meets up with teammates LeBron James and Kobe Bryant for lunch in Tiananmen Square. They had planned to meet at 11:00 a.m., but it took James and Bryant two hours to walk five feet in downtown Beijing. Oh, and for everyone's information, Chairman Mao's picture was replaced by a portrait of Bryant.
3:00 p.m. BST
Paul, who has affectionately stolen Damon Stoudamire's Chinese nickname of "Xiao Fei Shu" (Little Flying Mouse) suddenly gets tired of Beijing's poor air quality and demands to go inside. Thinking on his feet, like any good Hall of Fame coach, Boeheim recommends the Water Cube.
3:30 p.m. BST
Paul witnesses Michael Phelps swim a record-breaking third leg of the 4x100 medley relay en route to his eighth gold medal of the games.
Paul consequently calls up New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott saying that Phelps could be a franchise player if he worked with him. Scott obviously does not answer as it's 3:30 in the morning in the U.S., but leaves a text with Paul saying, "Chris, I told you not to drink Tsingtao in the afternoon."
10:30 p.m. BST
Paul joins some of the NBA's finest and Team USA's scrubbiest, Michael Redd and Carlos Boozer, at the club. True to his name, Boozer can throw back some brews, and Redd figures he might as well have a fun time because he's not contributing to the team.
Why did Paul come? Well, apparently the owner paid him $5,000 to show up unbeknownst to Boozer and Redd.
1:30 a.m. BST
Paul hits the hay in his palatial suite, attempting to rest up for another grueling day ahead.