Chris Paul out for Game-Show Greatness on "Family Feud"

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterOctober 26, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 01:  Chris Paul, of the New Orleans Hornets, speaks to the media prior to the CP3 All-Star pickup game at the Winston-Salem State University - C.E. Gaines Center on October 1, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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We all know that Chris Paul has game. The New Orleans Hornets star is arguably the best point guard in the game, and there are few things he can't do on a basketball court.

Next week, we're going to see how CP3's game translates to the game-show arena. Per a report from Dave Walker of The Times-Picayune, Paul and his family are set to appear on Family Feud on Tuesday.

Paul will join his brother C.J., his dad Charles, his mom Robin and his aunt Rhonda. Their performance will benefit Paul's CP3 Foundation.

Well, why the heck not? This whole NBA lockout thing doesn't seem to be any closer to ending, so Paul has to spend his time doing something. He may as well partake in a game show that's as old as time itself.

Now, it should be noted that we're not talking about Celebrity Family Feud. Nope, that spin-off got the axe a couple years ago. Instead, we're talking about the regular one. Paul and his family applied for the show and were accepted, just like any family can (though one assumes a string or two may have been pulled).

And that's what makes Paul's appearance cool. Because, heck, any athlete could have gone and played Celebrity Family Feud while it was still running. Deion Sanders did an episode, and so did Tiki Barber before he was no longer welcome on television.

Will Paul do well on Family Feud? I think he'll do OK. He has always seemed like a man of the people, so I assume he has some kind of deep psychological connection to the masses. That should help him come up with the right responses.

Shoot, it's not like Paul can possibly embarrass himself, right? Surely he can't embarrass himself as badly as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did that one time he appeared on Jeopardy.

Ah yes, that clip never gets old.

If you ask me, what would be really cool is if Paul appeared on Family Feud alongside Hornets of past and present, a la the Los Angeles Dodgers and The Price is Right in 2009. It's possible that this would violate some kind of lockout rule, but I'm going to assume it would be OK seeing as how Kevin Durant, LeBron James and others are out playing pickup games.

Besides, it's long been a dream of mine to see what Quincy Pondexter could do on a game show. He has the name of an uber-geek, so I've always assumed that he would be perfect for the game-show scene.

Sure, inviting Paul to play the game with his Hornets teammates wouldn't exactly be in keeping with the "family" aspect of the show. But exceptions can always be made, right? Perhaps what Family Feud would end up with is its very own version of "NFL Players Week" on Wheel of Fortune.

You remember that, don't you? Of course you do. It was, after all, the one with Rex Grossman.


In addition to memories, what we're dealing with here is some serious history. Athletes appearing on game shows is a long and hallowed tradition. Paul is just the latest to make the foray.

Here's hoping he honors the tradition. This is serious stuff we're talking about.

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