Some 1,850 miles away and three weeks later, Paul has just come down from the roof of the Toyota Center. Up there, he has just posed for photos alongside Harden, and he’s buoyant — until the topic turns to the Clippers. His smile fades, his brow furrows and he rubs his temples as Rivers’ comments are relayed to him. “Let Doc be Doc … ” he says, trailing off. “I’m sure I’m a tough leader,” Paul finally says. “But if I’m so bad to play with, then how come Luc and J.J. wanted to be here with me?” (Says Redick: “Is Chris tough to play with? Yes, in the sense that there’s an edge to the way he plays, and if you have a different personality, it can grind at you a little bit. I always liked it.”)
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