Wednesday's Clippers News: Blake Griffin healthy, hungry for new season

Blake Griffin healthy and hungry to compete: The injured leg that cost Blake Griffin most of last season and knocked him, and in a way, the LA Clippers, out of the postseason, didn’t keep the power forward from eating. But Tuesday at UC Irvine, Coach Doc Rivers and Griffin’s teammates clearly saw a man who was hungry. Griffin was a full participant during the team’s first practice of training camp, even shaking off substitutions to stay on the court. -- The Orange County Register

Competition at small forward is 'wide open': Chris Paul was going to be there. Blake Griffin was going to be there. DeAndre Jordan was going to be there. And, J.J. Redick was going to be there. When the doors opened at the Bren Events Center, those guys were going to be playing with the first unit. But the fifth guy? That was, and remains, a bit of mystery. -- The Orange County Register

Chris Paul says Colin Kapernick is doing a great thing: J.J. Redick brought teammate Chris Paul onto his podcast this week, and they carried out a predictable athlete-to-athlete conversation for close to 55 minutes. The Clippers guards talked about hating each other when they faced off in college. The next topic was the finer points of physical and mental preparation. -- Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Clippers are looking to find a starter at small forward: At some point during training camp, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson will settle the question of who will start at small forward for the Clippers. On the first day of practice Tuesday at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine, Mbah a Moute and Anderson spent time working with starters Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Johnson did all of his work with the reserves. -- Los Angeles Times