Despite having a better record than their Staples Center neighbors, the Lakers, and clinching the season series over them for the first time in 20 years and handing them a 24-point beatdown before the All-Star break, Clippers point guard Chris Paul still isn’t convinced.
The Clippers have been the talk of the NBA for most of the season, but Paul won’t have none of it, especially when it comes to talk about being the kings of Los Angeles. He won’t buy into the hype.
“We have definitely not taken over the (Los Angeles) Lakers’ popularity in L.A. And I don’t see that happening anytime soon,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. “It is what it is. At the end of the day it’s all about winning ballgames. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
It sounds like Paul is more concerned with the bigger picture of trying to get the Clippers into uncharted waters rather than being the talk of the town. The NBA isn’t a popularity contest to Paul; he wants to win big.
But I’m sure that Paul and his teammates are relishing the fact that they are looking down at the Lakers in the standings, but they’ll all say the right things when asked about it.