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Lakers, Clippers draw lines in the sand

'The other L.A. team' may be exciting now, but Kobe's squad isn't relenting its throne

Updated: December 17, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

For once, the Lakers were the matinee game of the doubleheader. Their practice Thursday morning in El Segundo was the other place to be in Los Angeles. Their aging, self-imploding franchise felt like the dysfunctional one in this town.

Showtime was a few miles north, where sizzling point guard Chris Paul was set to be introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers later in the afternoon.

The NBA had brought this strange reality on the Lakers with its pigheaded decision to ...

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