Continuing on with our AAU-themed Clipper coverage from the other night, some links to tide us over until Wednesday’s showdown against the Lakers:
- On the heels of his 16-point, 16-rebound explosion against the Raptors on Sunday, it’s only appropriate to stop and take a minute to appreciate how far DeAndre Jordan has come since being rejected from the McDonald’s All-American game as a teenager from Houston. This video from High School Hopefuls allows us to do just that.
- As he does from time to time, Chris Paul made an appearance at Five-Star Basketball recently. The camp’s Community Manager and maven of basketball and social media, Peter Robert Casey, put together a video of CP3 working with a group of potential future CP3′s and talking about his love of the game. Lots of other fun videos on the site, including Paul playing 1-on-1 against an eighth-grader.
- Beto Duran of ESPNLA caught up with Pau Gasol in advance of the fourth Clippers-Lakers matchup of the year, the second of the regular season. The resulting tweets: Grade-A bulletin board material.
Based on opponent winning percentage, the Lakers have played the most difficult schedule in the NBA, to this point. They have also played four more games than the Clippers, which may be what Pau was was alluding to. But while he is technically correct, to say they’ve had a “much easier schedule” is a stretch — the Clippers come in with the league’s 4th most difficult schedule to date, and, of course, an undefeated, 3-0 record against their Staples Center cohabitants dating back to the preseason.
- Steve Perrin at ClipsNation looks ahead to Wednesday night and determines that defending the Lakers is easy. He equates the process to parenting a baby, in which the “work” may not be fun, but at least the plan is clear. He joins Henry Abbott in preaching the gospel of winning by making Kobe Bryant the kind of volume shooter that only Kobe Bryant can be.