Chris Paul

Paul and Harden hope bond translates to success on court

Chris Paul and James Harden have spent so much time together since he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in June that he's learned the most important facts — and some that aren't as vital — about his fellow All-Star teammate.

"He likes french fries just as much as I do, first and foremost," Paul said with a laugh.

Then he got serious about why he's so excited to join Harden and a Houston team that lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

"He loves to hoop," Paul said. "You got some guys that like and enjoy to play basketball, and he's one of the guys who loves it."

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