Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows what it's like to be the marquee athlete on a professional sports team.

So he knows the stress and expectations that Hornets point guard Chris Paul feels.

But while he can't comment on exactly what the All-Star is going through right now in regard to whether he stays in New Orleans or is traded elsewhere, having met Paul, he can comment on his impressions.

Suffice it say, Brees was complimentary.

'As far as off the court, he seems like a guy who has it all together,' said Brees, who has met Paul a handful of times. 'He's very smart, carries himself I think to a high level, to a high standard. I know his foundation has done a lot of things here (and) back in North Carolina I believe. ... He just seems like a solid guy as a well as a great basketball player.'

As for on the court, Brees was effusive in his praise there, too.

'I love watching him playing the game of basketball,' Brees said. 'I think he's certainly one of the best point guards in the league. You can tell he's a leader and guys follow. He has so many intangibles that you recognize just by watching him play the game.'
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