Is there a rivalry between the
"I don't know. That's for you [in the media] to decide," Paul said. "Luckily, all I have to do is participate in the game. I remember when I first got here and everybody was saying, 'How is it a rivalry if only one team ever wins?' So, y'all decide if it's a rivalry."
Paul’s Clippers will open the regular season Tuesday night against the Lakers in their home game at
Since Paul was acquired by the Clippers two years ago, they are 5-2 against the Lakers. His team swept the season series, 4-0, last season.
But Paul said his former coach in New Orleans,
"We haven't played them in the playoffs," Paul said. "So, you tell me. I don't know.
"It's big for the city. It's a division game for us. We're in each other's backyard. We need the win really bad and I'm sure they want it to."
Paul said the Clippers don't want to get overexcited about the game.
He knows they play
"I definitely think there is a sense of urgency, but it's a process," Paul said. "If I said that we were ready for the playoffs right now, I'd probably be lying. We're just excited about getting on the court and playing for something."