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The acquisition of Mr. Paul potentially sets the two squads on different paths: Though the Lakers have established stars in Mr. Bryant and Paul Gasol, the team’s makeup is slow, aging and creeping closer to its expiration date than another championship.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have a young, exciting duo in Mr. Paul and Blake Griffin, a powerful, high-flying power forward who was last season’s Rookie of the Year and leads the league in jaw-dropping slam dunks.

For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers reportedly have sold out all of their season ticket packages.

“For years I had two [season ticket] seats,” Mr. Bailey said. “Nobody would ever want to go with me, so the last three years, I went to one seat. Now my phone is ringing off the hook. ‘Hey, can you get me in for a few games?’ I only have one seat. Y’all have to buy your own tickets!”

And those Hollywood celebrities long populating Lakers games? Will there be defectors? If the Clippers can consistently win games, Ms. Lane said, anything is possible.

“The Lakers won’t lose old Hollywood,” Ms. Lane said. “But young Hollywood, they’re not diehard fans. Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, they don’t have a history with the teams. They just go to the hot ticket, gravitate to the coolest thing. That’s why they get their hair done to sit courtside.

“Celebrities like to hang out with other celebrities. Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber will befriend each other at a game. The Clippers are a fresh young team, and if they can get that younger generation, they could have them for years to come.”

Noting that in the wake of their failed attempt to land Mr. Paul, the Lakers recently traded away forward Lamar Odom, the husband of Khloe Kardashian, Ms. Lane added: “You probably won’t see the Kardashians courtside at Lakers games anymore.”