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Chris Paul memoir ‘Sixty-One’ coming out in September

February 17, 2021 GMT
This cover art released by St. Martin's Publishing Group shows "Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court" by Chris Paul with Michael Wilbon. (St. Martin's Publishing Group via AP)
This cover art released by St. Martin's Publishing Group shows "Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court" by Chris Paul with Michael Wilbon. (St. Martin's Publishing Group via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA All-Star Chris Paul has an off-court project in the works: His first book.

Paul’s “Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court” will come out in September, St. Martin’s Press announced Wednesday.

Co-written with journalist and ESPN broadcaster Michael Wilbon, the memoir by the Phoenix Suns’ point guard is a tribute to his late grandfather and mentor, Nathaniel Jones, who died while Paul was in high school. The book’s title refers to a high school game, played after his grandfather died, when Paul scored 61 points — one for each year his grandfather lived.

“‘Sixty-One’ is a celebration of my Papa Chilly who helped shape who I am today and what I value,” Paul said in a statement.

“His legacy of hard work and service to others is woven through the fabric of my parenting, my community work and how I have approached my basketball career. That high school game where I scored 61 points was a healing moment through basketball and I am thrilled to work with Michael Wilbon to share this story with the world.”

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Disney+ announced last December that a live-action film about Paul, which will be based on his book, was in development.