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“I talk to DJ just about every day,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports. “(About) everything. Life, hoop, everything. But I talk to him just about every day. Seriously … I always wish (the Clippers) the best, but for me – DeAndre, I talk to DJ literally about every day. And Jason Powell, who’s the head trainer, I talk to him almost every day too.”
But back to Jordan for a minute …
Throughout these past few years in which the Clippers locker room was as scrutinized as any, the alleged friction between Jordan and Paul was routinely cited as a prime reason for their chemistry problems. When Jordan decided to sign with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency three summers ago – only to change his mind when Paul and so many other Clippers descended on his Houston house in that surreal, 11th-hour recruiting effort – the dynamic with Paul was in the spotlight like never before.
“Me and his relationship goes far beyond basketball,” Paul explained. “We’ve been like that for a while, yeah. Everybody (can) write whatever they want to write, man. I know everybody makes a story, you know what I mean?”
Translation: Anyone who wondered if Paul’s presence in Houston might serve as an obstacle to Jordan having interest in playing for the Rockets has their answer.
“One thing about the big fella, is he’s always going to play hard, always going to try to lead, always going to try to help those guys compete and win games,” Paul added.
As for an actual reunion game, the kind where all these subplots will likely be explored by a media contingent larger than the pair of reporters on hand on Saturday, the Rockets host the Clippers on Dec. 22 and play them in Los Angeles for the first time on Jan. 15.
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