Eric Bledsoe Waits for His Chance to Become a Starting Point Guard

This much is clear: as long as Chris Paul is donning Clipper blue, red and white, Eric Bledsoe will not crack the starting lineup. The third-year backup guard, however, is willing to wait a bit for his moment in the sun, while absorbing lessons from Paul and Chauncey Billups. Per the LA Times: “I’m just preparing for that moment,’ Bledsoe said in his typically quiet voice. ‘I’m still learning behind Chris and Chauncey. Hopefully, we win a championship and if I do get that chance, I can lead a team.’ Bledsoe started for the second consecutive game because Paul was out because of a bruised right kneecap. Bledsoe finished with a season-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the Clippers’ 117-109 victory over Houston. But Bledsoe knows that Paul is an All-Star point guard who is just 27 years old. If Paul re-signs with the Clippers over the summer as most people expect, it will mean Bledsoe may have to leave the Clippers to become a starter. ‘I’m just focused on winning,’ Bledsoe said. ‘I’m just focused on winning and learning how to win right now. For the most part, I’m just continuing working and building, learning how to run a team. The other stuff will take care of itself.'”