Clippers wary of of the big guys

On the eve of the 2013-14 NBA season, Clippers guard Chris Paul apparently could not be more ready.
His free-agent deal behind him and with new coach Doc Rivers hauling in some extra talent in the offseason, Paul was asked if this could be the best team he’s ever been a part of. Excepting, of course, the U.S. Olympic team.
“No question,” Paul said. “I think we definitely have the tools. The season should be a lot of fun.”
First things first, and it gets underway Tuesday night at Staples Center on the Lakers’ court (and under the Lakers’ banners and retired jerseys.
This might be the Clippers’ year to contend for a title, but they’re not about to overlook the Lakers in the second year of the Mike D’Antoni regime, even if they will be without Kobe Bryant at the outset of the campaign.
“Coach D’Antoni has those guys runninm, playing fast, everything is probably centered around Pau (Gasol) as it should be right now,” Paul said. “It’s going to be a big test.”
The Lakers have added former Clippers center Chris Kaman to their mix and that is a red flag in itself. And the Clippers aren’t buying into the notion of their crosstown rivals as being less than a playoff team.
“They have a lot of size, size is something that hurt us last year,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be our concern going into it. (Steve) Nash is starting the season healthy,. They’re going to be a good team. I hear all this stuff about how they’re not going to be. I think they’re going to be a good team.”
Paul, too, is wary.
“Kaman can play,” he said. “I don’t know if you guys know that. I know it for a fact, Chris Kaman can really play. So to have those two big guys down there will be a huge test for our bigs and then me – I’m playing against a two-time MVP (Nash), which is a huge test.”

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