Haute Event: Chris Paul and the LA Clippers Kick Off the Pre-Season at Tao

Chris Paul at Tao Nightclub. Photos: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Chris Paul and his teammates from the Los Angeles Clippers tipped off the pre-season in Las Vegas on Friday night at Tao Asian Bistro and Tao Nightclub at the Venetian.

The celebration began with dinner in the restaurant with the entire Clippers team including Lamar Odom, Grant Hill, Chauncey Billups, Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin. Odom began dinner by ordering a champagne toast for the entire team, who took up two large tables in front of Tao’s iconic Buddha. The players dined on a special Clippers Sushi Roll added to the menu for the night in honor of the team, as well as a special “Lob City Typhoon Lobster” dish, and Chris Paul’s favorite miso-glazed Chilean sea bass. Paul was overheard asking Tao executive chef Mike Armstrong to bring out another serving because it was his favorite. He also gave Armstrong a sneak peak of his new Jordan CP3 VII sneakers from his iPhone.

The NBA stars then headed up to the nightclub and took over a group of VIP tables on the dance floor. DJ Politik shouted out their entrance and all eyes shifted toward their arrival.

Chris Paul had a specially planned birthday surprise for teammate and NBA journeyman Grant Hill, who turned 40 on Friday. Hill was presented with a birthday cake as the entire club joined his teammates in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Later in the night, a parade of lights led the way through the club as another cake surprised the Clippers team with “All I Do Is Win” written on it. Blake Griffin got his hands on a basketball and showed off his ball spinning skills as he danced while spinning it on his finger. Paul and his teammates danced and partied until 2 a.m. in time to go back to their hotel and rest up for their first preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Actor Colin Hanks was spotted at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas joined by his wife and friends. The eldest son of actor Tom Hanks and his group enjoyed a VIP table on the roof deck patio where they were able to take in club scene as well as the Las Vegas skyline. When speaking to his cocktail server, Hanks said he loved Marquee and was even more thrilled to hear that Avicii would be spinning at Marquee Dayclub.

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