Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his Los Angeles Clippersdebut and Chauncey Billups made an equally impressive first impression with his new club, scoring 23 points in a 114-95 victory over the Lakers on Monday night.
The first of two preseason games between the teams followed a dizzying two-week media frenzy in both camps, during which time the Clippers acquired Paul from New Orleans right after the league squashed a proposed three-way deal that would have sent him to the Lakers.
Paul’s arrival came immediately after the Clippers’ acquisitions of former Laker Caron Butler as a free agent, and Billups from the New York Knicks in a waiver auction. Lamar Odom, whom the Lakers tried to peddle to New Orleans in the squashed deal, angrily demanded to be traded and was sent to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks— who swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last spring. And to top it all off, Kobe Bryants wife Vanessa filed for divorce on Friday.
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Washington, Dec 20: Khloe Kardashian is said to be thrilled to be moving to Dallas as she wanted to get away from the non-stop Kardashian-Jenner family drama.
The 27-year-old television personality apparently wasn’t phased when her NBA star hubby, Lamar Odom wastraded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks.
“Khloe is eager to get out of the constant media spotlight that comes with living in Los Angeles. Dallas has welcomed her and Lamar with open arms, and she is embracing this as an adventure,” RadarOnline.com. quoted a source as saying.
“Khloe has been telling her closest friends that she is thrilled about the move because she will be getting away from the constant family drama,” he said.
Lamar and Khloe have been house hunting for new digs in Dallas, but will continue to live in Los Angeles during the off-season.
“Khloe will be going back and forth between L.A. and Dallas getting their households coordinated. Khloe will be spending Christmas Day with her hubby in Dallas as his team plays the Miami Heat.
“Khloe and Lamar have a rock solid marriage, and they spend as much time as possible together, they are very much in love,” he added.