Chris Paul addressed the media for the first time since separating his right shoulder last week and said he’s not worried about the Los Angeles Clippers in his absence. “I’m not worried about us,” Paul said. “That’s the thing about our team, since training camp; we’ve done everything in case somebody goes down.” Paul suffered a separated right shoulder in the third quarter of the Clippers’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday when he crashed to the floor after being fouled by Dallas guard Monta Ellis. Paul, who underwent an MRI exam Sunday, will not need surgery and is expected to miss up to six weeks. “I want to play,” Paul said. “And I need to play. I’m blessed. It could have been worse. I’m glad that it isn’t what it could have been and I’m grateful and thankful for that but now it’s all about attacking the rehab.” Paul said he will be with the team at games and practices during his rehab and is expected to be back on the court before the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Feb. 16. “I’m cool. It’s one of those situations where it could have been worse,” Paul said. “I woke up yesterday and was done feeling sorry for myself. I got to approach the rehab and get back as soon as I can.”
Meanwhile, The Clippers announced Tuesday the release of veteran forward Stephen Jackson. Jackson, 35, was picked up by Los Angeles back in early December following a rash of injuries to Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock. By waiving him Tuesday, the Clippers avoided guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season. In nine appearances, Jackson averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. The 14-year veteran holds career averages of 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.