On just about the entire exterior wall of the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, there is a mural of Blake Griffin next to Chris Paul next to DeAndre Jordan.

It looms as a huge backdrop near Staples Center, three Clippers in the town that the Lakers have ruled as the preeminent sports team in Southern California for years.

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The Clipper Nation will get a first look in person when the Clippers play their regular-season home opener against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at Staples Center.

But before the fans enter the arena, they can look to the north and see the pictures of the three young players in Clippers uniforms.

"Man, it's an honor. It's an honor and a privilege," Paul said. "I haven't seen it, but it's very humbling."

Paul has been in L.A. less than a month — having been acquired from the New Orleans Hornets in the most celebrated trade in Clippers history — and yet he has been embraced by the city already.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Paul said. "But I'd love to see it. My parents actually get here [Thursday]. I'm sure my mom will love to see it.