Chris Paul says he'll be ready to play by the Los Angeles Clippers' season opener on Oct. 31, which comes barely two months after the All-Star guard had right thumb surgery.
He said Friday at the team's media day that he's doing therapy daily and focusing on restoring the mobility in his wrist. Paul's fellow All-Star, Blake Griffin, is fully recovered from left knee surgery and will participate when practice opens Saturday.
Chauncey Billups isn't quite there yet. The guard who turned 36 earlier this week, has only been cleared to take part in limited team drills as he rehabs from the left Achilles tendon surgery he had in February. That injury that ended his season early and cost him a spot on the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the London Olympics.