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Los Angeles Lakers News: Chris Paul Still Mad at Pau Gasol, Preferred Clippers All Along

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 09/20/12 05:00PM EDT
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Chris Paul told GQ magazine that he preferred being traded to the Clippers over the Lakers. (Photo: Facebook)

In a profile story for this month's GQ, Clippers guard Chris Paul admitted he is still angry at Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol for the head-tapping incident that took place late in the January 25th game between their clubs. The two exchanged some words during the Lakers' 96-91 victory, and afterwards, Gasol tapped Paul hard in the back of the head. Paul then pushed Gasol's hand away and stormed off angrily. You can check out a video of the incident here.

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"I don't know if Pau's got kids, but don't touch my head like I'm one of your kids," Paul said at the time, according to the Associated Press. I don't know what his intentions were, like, 'I'll treat him like little Chris.' I don't know if he's got kids, but I'm not one of them."

Now, several months later, Paul's feelings haven't changed.

"We call that sonnin', " he told GQ about Gasol's gesture. "Like when I take [my son] Li'l Chris to the bathroom, I'll walk with my hand on his head. That's my son. You know what I mean? I understand that Gasol is that tall, but don't do to me what I do to my son." 

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In that same interview, Paul also told GQ that he preferred being traded to the Clippers over the Lakers. Paul was originally supposed to be part of a deal that would have sent him to LA's other team, but that trade was vetoed by commissioner David Stern.

"They [The Clippers] had the better pieces," he told GQ, "and winning with the Clippers would be legendary."

Already Clippers players and fans are supposed to despise their inner-city rivals. After all, the Lakers win championships year after year, while the Clippers have only three playoff series wins in team history.

The Clippers are like the younger stepbrother in their own city. They just won a playoff series for the first time in years and look poised to make another run. Yet all anyone can talk about is the Lakers and their big offseason acquisitions.

Comments like Paul's just make the rivalry between the two teams even juicier. Luckily, we won't have to wait long to see them go head-to-head. The Lakers play the Clippers on Nov. 2 in the home opener for Kobe Bryant and company.

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