The NBA’s slate on Martin Luther King Day included one All-NBA player’s return to the place that he called home for six seasons. Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers in a game that pitted one of the best teams in the Western Conference against a squad that has to decide whether it wants to make a playoff push or blow everything up.
But despite whatever additional context there was to make this intriguing, the single thing hanging over the game was Paul’s return. Paul and the Clippers actually had a pretty clean breakup — he told the squad he was going to leave in free agency, which gave them the time to find a trade that eventually sent him to Houston.
As is usually the case, though, no one knew exactly what to expect from Clippers fans when Paul’s name was announced for pregame introductions. When the time came, the crowd didn’t seem unanimous one way or another, but plenty of people had reactions to Paul coming out.