Legendary Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler once referred to flamboyant guard World B. Free, a flagship member of the 1978-79 Clippers, as “bigger than life.”

Free, who played with San Diego for two years, was somewhat immortalized by his name change (from Lloyd to World B.); long sideburns that were seemingly etched into the side of his cheek; blithe demeanor; and a sensational ability to score the ball.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul underwent surgery Tuesday, Aug. 21 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. While the team announced Paul’s return may take up to eight weeks, his recovery is not expected to carry into the regular season.

“[The surgery] was something we wanted him to get done now so it doesn’t bother him later,” Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. “He’ll be back for the start of the season.”

The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that All-Star point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The injury occurred last month during Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Paul is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, at which time he is projected to resume all basketball activities including full contact.