The Clippers lead their division rival Los Angeles Lakers (and Staples Center co-tenants) by 15 games in the standings and just clinched the season series for the first time in 20 years (a 125-101 destruction on Thursday night), but the team’s all-world point guard isn’t ready to declare the city’s title of top dog – yet.
“We have definitely not taken over the (Los Angeles) Lakers’ popularity in L.A. And I don’t see that happening anytime soon,” point guard Chris Paul said Friday in Houston. “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,” Paul said in an interview from Houston, where he’ll be starting for the Western Conference All-star team on Sunday.
In a separate interview with Chris Broussard during a break at the All-Star Celebrity Challenge game, Paul said there should be no changes made to the team and that there were no trades on the table. This counteracts the rumors swirling of a Kevin Garnett for (insert Clippers player names here) to Clippers trade.
In other All-Star weekend news:
- Kevin Hart named MVP as West defeats East in All-Star Celebrity game.
- Team Chuck rolls to victory over Team Shaq in Rising Stars challenge.
- Chris Paul says All-Star game “never gets old” in interview with Steve Smith.
- Complete schedule of Saturday events:
Saturday All-Star events schedule:
All Times Eastern (ET)
• Noon | East/West Practice & Player Interviews | NBA TV
• 3 p.m. | 2013 D-League All Star Game | NBA TV
– D-League Dunk Contest at halftime
• 7 p.m. | Comissioner Stern news conference | NBA TV
• 7 p.m. | Open Court, All-Star | TNT
• 8 p.m. | TNT NBA Tip-Off | TNT
• 8:30 p.m. | NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm | TNT
– 2013 Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
– 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
– 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
– 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)
• 11 p.m. | TNT NBA Special | TNT
• 12 a.m. | NBA TV All-Star Weekend presented by Kia | NBA TV