BEIJING–As Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro paced the sideline during the Clippers’ 2-hour practice Wednesday at MasterCard Center he implored his team to work. “What you put into it, you’re going to get out of it,” he said twice in a row.

Considering the distractions and obligations of what Del Negro has repeatedly referred to as a weeklong business trip to China, the task of keeping 16 players focused may seem a bit daunting.

BEIJING–The fallout of an all-day flight across the Pacific did not curtail the Clippers from getting in a two-hour workout Tuesday morning at MasterCard Center.

It was the tenth practice of the preseason for the team, and first with point guard Chris Paul participating in full-contact throughout. Paul was cleared by the Clippers’ medical staff prior to taking the floor Tuesday, but is not expected to play when the team plays the Miami Heat in two days.

The section of the Great Wall the Clippers visited Tuesday afternoon could not have been more picturesque. The weather was clear and crisp, the sun fading behind a range of mountains to the west, and the wall itself was greatly preserved.

Immediately following practice, the team was bussed to an area called Mutianyu, located in Huairau County about 50 miles north of Beijing. The section in Mutianyu is known for its more pristine condition than neighboring areas of the nearly 4,000-mile Wonder of the World.

Veteran forward Grant Hill has traveled to Beijing and Shanghai with his family, but never as part of the NBA’s China Games. Here is what Hill said after practice about the flight from Los Angeles to Beijing as well as what he would suggest for some of his teammates who are first-time visitors (as told by Eric Patten).

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