Rockets guard Chris Paul’s primary motivation in buying a share of the Winston-Salem Dash, the minor league baseball team in his hometown, was to help serve his community and his own affection for Winston-Salem. But he also viewed it as a start.

Asked if team ownership could be his career choice after he retires from the NBA, Paul said his purchase into the Dash was part of the learning process.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," Paul, who is a fixture on the other side of the labor-management relationship as president of the NBA Players Association, said. "Always learning. You have to figure it out, understand the business."

The Dash is a Class A-Advance team in the Chicago White Sox organization that until 2010 played its games at Wake Forest, Paul’s alma mater.

"That’s my hometown," Paul said. "When I was little, the name of the team used to be the Winston-Salem Spirit. Then it was the Winston-Salem Warthogs. Then, I saw an opportunity I could come in and be a minority owner. I was excited. Home is always going to be home. To be a part of that, I’m excited."

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