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Members of the Los Angeles Lakers on the bench celebrate a play as actress Dyan Cannon (left) celebrates as well. The Lakers have had a higher profile, and better record, than "the other" pro basketball team in Los Angeles, the Clippers. The latter's acquisition of star player Chris Paul could change things. (Associated Press)

Members of the Los Angeles Lakers on the bench celebrate a play as actress Dyan Cannon (left) celebrates as well. The Lakers have had a higher profile, and better record, than "the other" pro basketball team in Los Angeles, the Clippers. The latter's acquisition of star player Chris Paul could change things. (Associated Press)

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