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Thunder’s Chris Paul speaks out on still being elite at age 34

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul not only played in the All-Star game on Sunday at the age of 34, but he also caught an alley-oop dunk.

So, it’s safe to say Paul’s body is feeling good thanks to his new vegan diet. The Thunder star says he’s his harshest critic and, like LeBron James, is eager to prove people wrong about declining in skills as one gets older.

“I think I’m my hardest critic,” Paul said, via Michael Pina of SB Nation. “I push myself more than anybody in here could ever do. So for me, it’s always about the journey. It’s about working hard, and it’s the analytics and the statistics that say at this age you can do this or you can do that. Look at my brother Bron. Every year they say he’s going to slow down, right? And then what?”

Paul is averaging 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists on the season for the Thunder. He’s shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Thunder went 33-22 in the first half of the season. They are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

OKC has been really fun to watch this season with Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way. Hopefully, the Thunder don’t falter after the All-Star break. Basketball fans what to see Paul, SGA and Co. in the postseason.