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Lakers and Clippers becoming rivals

Since the Chris Paul trade, things are different in Los Angeles

Updated: October 24, 2012, 7:53 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It used to be easy for a journalist to cut out on the Clippers in favor of covering the Lakers.

But like tapping your forehead with both fists while wearing a Darius Miles jersey, those days are over.

When I was late to a Clippers practice a few weeks ago after stopping by the Lakers' practice facility, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro asked me: "What were you doing? Kissing the Lakers' a---- again?"

When I was late to an event Chris Paul had last weekend because ...

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