LOS ANGELES -- Eric Bledsoe is a lot of things on a basketball court. Quick, athletic, dynamic, ambitious and aggressive. All those are good things.
He's also quiet. Maybe too quiet for a guy stepping into the shoes of a point guard as "opinionated" as Chris Paul.
"Chris notices everything," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said, diplomatically. "Bled, that's coming over time for him because he's not really a talker. But he knows that if he's going to be a point
guard, he has to direct people and let us know where to go."
Paul doesn't just notice things, he calls you out if you're slacking. He confronts an issue before it can become an issue.
And Bledsoe doesn't just need to talk more, he needs to yell. Keep players accountable the way Paul does. Tell them where to go. Point it out when they don't.
"All the veterans always tell me: Talk up. Be more vocal. Yell at me sometimes," Bledsoe said with a laugh. "Chris, Chauncey [Billups], coach [Robert] Pack, they're all always telling me it's alright to
yell at a couple guys on the team. Even though we have a veteran crew, they kind of respect it."
That's a whole lot easier said than done for a young player alongside veterans who have so much more experience.
"It's really not his personality. He's from Alabama," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro joked. "He's done a better job, but he's got to keep growing. He's more than capable of doing it."
He also wants to do it, even though it feels uncomfortable at times.
"It's hard," Bledsoe said. "Very hard. But that's the point guard's job. Chris does it a lot. That's why he's the great point guard he is."