His arms are more defined and muscular at Clippers' training camp. His face is thinner-looking and his body looks more chiseled.
Those are some of the physical changes to Chris Paul this fall as he takes part in "one of the best camps I've been a part of during my nine-year career."
"I've still got the same role, to facilitate," Paul said. "But the coaches want me to be aggressive early, but not too much.
"We've got a lot more ball movement, which is great. We have personnel changes too. We've got a lot of shooters, guys who move well without the ball."
When Paul arrived here two years ago in a trade, the coaching staff under Vinny Del Negro also wanted the point guard to be more aggressive early.
But Paul preferred to probe the defense early, to "take what the defense gave" him, to take the controls late in games.
With this new mandate from Rivers, Paul was asked whether he had to make a mental adjustment to his game.
"Man, I'm going to play," Paul said. "Whatever I have to do to help us win, that's what I'm going to do."