His arms are more defined and muscular at
Those are some of the physical changes to
Paul is also in a new system, and with that, Clippers Coach
"I've still got the same role, to facilitate," Paul said. "But the coaches want me to be aggressive early, but not too much.
"We've got a lot more ball movement, which is great. We have personnel changes too. We've got a lot of shooters, guys who move well without the ball."
When Paul arrived here two years ago in a trade, the coaching staff under
But Paul preferred to probe the defense early, to "take what the defense gave" him, to take the controls late in games.
With this new mandate from Rivers, Paul was asked whether he had to make a mental adjustment to his game.
"Man, I'm going to play," Paul said. "Whatever I have to do to help us win, that's what I'm going to do."
Clippers to play Portland
Rivers will put starters Paul,
And when Rivers puts in his reserves, he wants them to take the "execution from practice onto the floor" against the
"For this team, I think preseason is really important because it allows us to try to get on the same page," Rivers said.
For the last 29 years, the
Rivers said he prefers going back to the old format and is hopeful the league's competition committee that recommended the switch will be approved by the Board of Governors during its meeting Oct. 22-23.
Rivers recalled how his
"I detest the other one, personally," Rivers said. "I thought it was very difficult to beat a team three times in a row. I think it's also really, not unfair because that'd be too strong of a word, but it's tough when you've fought all year and now you've got to go back for Game 6 and 7 on the road. That's a tough format.…I think that's just a very difficult way of playing."