I signed on Sunday, then heard about the news conference on Wednesday. I thought, 'all right, I feel important, I feel needed.'
I couldn't wait to get back in the gym. And I got a full workout in before the press conference.
I feel like I am picking up right where I left off.
I came to the workout in my suit and tie, that was a first.
I don't think it really hit me until later that I hadn't seen this (all the guys at one news conference) before, I know I haven't been part of something like it before.
It was a huge deal to bring all of the guys in at once. And Doc set a precedent.
He said, 'this isn't about me, I'm tired of hearing it, it's about the team, the guys.' For a coach to say that, it's huge. It speaks a lot about this organization is doing and trying to accomplish.
First, Chris Paul coming was the biggest deal in Clippers history. Then for him to stay, it's the biggest re-signing in Clippers history.
It was Chris' day, and that he shared it with us was great. He didn't want it to just be about him.
We (all the guys signing) were all over the place (before the news conference) -- I was working out, Matt (Barnes) was getting a haircut ... a few of the guys brought their families, which was great.
But, a couple of us did have the 'this is a cool moment' exchange. It was special. And it was hectic, with all the media.
We have unfinished business. We got embarrassed in first round. All this talk is nice, but we have to get results. There are things we left on the table.
I know each guy, I've played with each at a different place or time during my career.
Chris Paul: You see the leader that he is on the court, how he passes, directs guys, organizes everything. What you don't see is, he can't stop it off the court, he's that same leader.
He's always bringing guys together, to his home ... he's a leader to a fault. And it's not an act, he really is that great of a guy. That speaks volumes about our team unity because of how he takes care of each and every individual guy.
Chris is our leader, and he's the best point guard in the NBA. When you give him weapons, the whole league knows what can happen.
Matt Barnes: He's a UCLA guy, and we've clicked since Day 1. I missed him by one year at UCLA. He took care of me when I was a young pup coming out of high school. Matt, like Chris, is the ultimate teammate. He's a big brother to me, and others on the team.
He has the backs of every single guy on the team. When I go up for a rebound, he's there, when I dive on the floor, he will be there.
Matt's our emotional leader (a silent leader on the court) and has a toughness about him. He holds guys accountable, calls us out in film sessions and in the lockerroom. He's not afraid to get in anyone's face. He's honest to a fault.
He's one of the best players in the NBA in affecting the game without having a play run through him. He's just a great all-around player, has a nose for the ball. He does a lot of things to compliment the scorers.
Jared Dudley: I played with him in Charlotte when he was a rookie. He's one of the hardest working guys in the league. He's not a jump out of the gym athlete, there are a few reasons why he shouldn't be in the NBA. But he's one of the highest IQ players in the league, a self-made guy. He's a solid defender, and has made himself into a great 3-point shooter.
He can guard anyone, from Kobe to Durant, I'm glad he's on our team now. He's a difference maker. He's one of the toughest players I've played with, he loves contact.
To have a title run, you must have players that can guard other top players on the wing.
He's one of the most disciplined defenders that I've seen. As a young guy, he's so ahead of the curve.
J.J. Redick: We played together on the Under-19 team. He's one of my good friends within the league. He's a great guy, and a great teammate.
J.J. has the best jump shot in the league. We call him Mr. Better Basketball. It's a perfect shot, and he can maintain his accuracy while jumping and moving. He's also turned himself into a serviceable defender. It's rare for guys that shoot so well to be so hard-nosed and tough. And he is.
He didn't have anything handed to him (coming out of Duke) and you really have to admire that. He's a really good guy, and I am overjoyed to play alongside him. He's a huge acquisition, a great compliment to this team, and someone that will spread the floor.
Darren Collison: Another UCLA guy, there are 7-8 of us throughout the organization. We are going to get everything out of him. What you will see from him is he's a 90-feet player -- he plays the length of the court. He's an Olympic-quality sprinter, and you see that speed on the court, when he's beating everyone down the court for a layup, then pressing the opposition's point guard.
I've never seen him get tired. We call him flash, he truly is a specimen.
It was a surprise that we were able to get a caliber of player like him after losing Eric (Bledsoe). We won't miss a beat with him running point, and that comforts Chris, who was instrumental in getting Collison here.
He's a perfect complement to Chris. When a team game plans for Chris, and then we hit them with Flash, that's something. Darren's a starter in this league, but he will be very effective coming off the bench.