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Chris Paul forever changed L.A.

The events of Dec. 8-14 altered the course of the Lakers and Clippers

Updated: January 27, 2012, 6:21 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

At around 1 o'clock on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2011 Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak thought he had a deal.

For the previous 10 days, he'd been actively involved in discussions with New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps on a trade that would bring superstar point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles.

The three-team deal would send Paul to the Lakers in exchange for the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran ...

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