An old saying goes, “A team takes on the personality of its best player.” For the L.A. Clippers, this is the case with Chris Paul. The meticulous point guard plays with a kind of edge that is completely different than the explosive energy of someone like Russell Westbrook.
Being the best “pure” point guard in the league and playing in a huge market ensure that he is under the microscope every time he steps foot on the court. The ClipShow defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener and after the game CP3 spoke to TNT.
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The former Demon Deacon addressed the boos that the team received after their win. He said: “We know we’re not one of the most well-liked teams in the league, and we talked about embracing it. Seriously.”
This particular game was a grudge match because the Blazers defeated Los Angeles in the playoffs last year. In effect, the contest had a rivalry quality that fans don’t expect for the first game of the season.
Doc Rivers’ roster is doing the right thing in learning not to care about the criticisms.
Fans and commentators alike have decried their arguing with officials and trying to sell foul calls. Like it or not, that is a part of their team’s personality and cannot be taken away much like Golden State’s showmanship or San Antonio’s mechanical precision on offense.
Playing out of anger or posturing as villains could do more harm than good. Mindsets like that are plaguing the Warriors right now and did no service to LeBron James and his Heat teams.
Maybe getting back to being super entertaining and winning a lot of games will help the squad move past it.