BR: You seemed really excited to re-sign with the Clippers this summer. What specifically made you so sure you wanted to return, and was there really ever a point where you thought about leaving?
CP: Nah, there really wasn't; there really wasn't. From day one, since I was traded to the Clippers, the team has been amazing to not only me, but to my family. You know, the guys on the team—Blake and DJ [DeAndre Jordan]—who I've gotten really close with. Me and Blake had some conversations about the team, and bringing in Doc Rivers as a coach also helped.
BR: Now, about Doc, what are you looking forward to most about playing under him next season?
CP: I think his leadership. Doc was a guard like myself, not necessarily a point guard, but he knows the game. I think he gets the most out of his players. And I think it's not just one coach who really makes your team. I think it's the coaching staff.
I've had an opportunity to meet with all the coaches. I knew Kevin Eastman really well, from Nike camp. And this is actually pretty funny... This will actually be the first time I've been in the NBA and had a coach that I've played against [Tyronn Lue].
I used to say that all the time with Chauncey [Billups]. I used to be like, "Chauncey, how is it playing for a coach that you've played against?" Tyronn Lue, I actually played against him my first four years.
BR: Bringing in Doc, with you re-signing and the rest of the team being as deep as it is, and especially after what you guys did last season, the expectations are really high. How does it feel to know that you've changed the culture of the Clippers? Is it cool to have this be a part of your legacy and your resume?
CP: I guess so, but it's not something that I did alone. And I think that the only way it becomes a part of my legacy or anybody else's legacy is if we win. I think expectations are what you make of it, and we still have a lot of work to do.
A lot of people this year are like, "Man, it's cool to be a Clipper" and stuff like that, well, we want, we need to win. It's not about just changing the culture and saying, "OK, they're a better team," and stuff like that.