With the NBA season winding down and the playoffs around the corner, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul took a break from the hardwood on Friday to attend Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. For the third time in as many visits, Paul didn’t receive a warm welcoming from those in attendance, once again getting booed when he was shown on the video board.

According to ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi, the fans’ reaction didn’t come as a surprise to Paul:

The treatment was similar to what Paul experienced when he attended a game in 2012. In 2012, Paul and his son were on hand to throw out the opening pitch, and the booing again ensued. Despite the Clippers recent emergence from mediocrity, Los Angeles is still widely considered a Lakers town.

Along with playing for the Clippers, Paul may draw more disdain out of fans given the means by which the Clippers acquired him. The Lakers believed they had a deal in place to land Paul, only to have it nixed by then NBA commissioner David Stern.

While Paul may not be welcomed by fans, Markazi reports the point guard has a friendship with Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp:

Paul was presumably in attendance to watch Kemp play in his first game back since undergoing ankle surgery in the off-season. Initially not in the lineup, Kemp replaced Yasiel Puig and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Dodgers 8-4 loss.

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