Killer at heart

Don't buy the nice guy act: New Clipper Chris Paul is igniting the NBA's next great feud

Updated: August 13, 2012, 3:24 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

IN THE SUMMER OF 2010, a few days after being eliminated from the playoffs and facing the specter of free agency, LeBron James sought advice about his future from Chris Paul. Back in the day, they had played together in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Classic. And as their stars grew in the NBA, their bond strengthened.

Paul had watched James' series against Boston and remembered the criticism LeBron took -- not just for losing but for seemingly losing ...

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