Patrick Beverley paused to collect his thoughts before his answer turned dramatic and his look stern.
He was one of the key players the Clippers acquired from the Houston Rockets this summer in exchange for Chris Paul, and now he was asked how he would replace a point guard of Paul’s stature.
“I am not Chris Paul,” Beverley said, his voice serious. “I reiterate. I am not Chris Paul.”
He paused again.
“But in saying that,” Beverley continued, “he is not me, either.”
The room at the practice facility where the Clippers were holding their news conference Tuesday grew quiet for a few seconds after Beverley’s answer.
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