When you address a player as “CP3,” what is the name that might come to mind?
For fans of the NBA, that would of course by the Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, and by and large he alone is referred to as such.
There is, however, WNBA Star and fellow #3 Candace Parker of the Las Vegas Aces, though referring to her as CP3 is not common.
SportsCenter tweeted this video of Parker jumping into NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s arms…
CP3 jumped into Shaq’s arms 😂❤️ pic.twitter.com/x8PEQDzPzz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2023
…and fans were split over the usage of “CP3”
Chris Paul has been a hot and cold player in the hearts of many NBA fans. Regardless of how up-and-down his career might have been, some Twitter users really did not appreciate this usage of his moniker.
dont ever call this fraud CP3 again
— Kyrie (@CarriedLeBron) June 16, 2023
They really set her up for this hate cmon. When you google CP3 you’ll find the answer you’re looking for.
— Just Call Me Fad (@Fadamie) June 16, 2023
They just be hiring anyone as admins now huh cause what the hell is that headline
— 優木せつ菜 🇦🇷 (@nijigasakilove) June 16, 2023
I'm the biggest WNBA supporter there is, but headlines like this do nothing but hurt the league.
This post was doomed from the start.
— Brayden White (@BWhite291) June 16, 2023
Some fans, however, were in vehement support of the usage of “CP3,” some even going so far as to say she deserves it more than Chris Paul:
Unlike Chris Paul, she has rings. She can keep CP3.
— Move the Overton Window Left 🇺🇲 🌊 (@DonaldCaseAZ) June 16, 2023
Chris Paul is one of my favorite players of all time but y'all upset fans gotta chill. Plenty of athletes have had the same nicknames
— Chris Sullivan (@sullythamonsta) June 16, 2023
She’s the real one cause she got the ring Chris Paul don’t
— juan castillo (@_mohjuan) June 16, 2023
We want to hear what you think, is all this that big of a deal? Can’t both players have the nickname? Let us know!