The Battle for Los Angeles has been a story within the NBA for the last two seasons.
The Los Angeles Lakers had one of the greatest players to ever live in LeBron James.
Granted, the Lakers were going through a tough stretch, but it was still a Lakers town.
These two teams were never great at the same time.
The Clippers finally had their run, but that was during the Lakers’ rebuilding stage.
However, the Lakers got Anthony Davis to pair with James, while the Clippers had Leonard and George.
This was the start of the battle between these two teams that share the same arena.
The Lakers won the title last season, while the Clippers choked a 3-1 series lead in the second round.
However, this season ended differently.
The Lakers were bounced in the first round and the Clippers were two games away from the NBA Finals.
2022 is going to be the third season of this new rivalry, but we are still waiting for them to matchup in the postseason.
Both teams are looking to win it all.
But only one can be the best NBA team in Los Angeles.
They both have a case for the crown, so let’s explore both sides.
James is getting older and Davis is still fighting injuries every season.
However, they are the Lakers and those two players are still great.
Their ability to acquire players is important for their future roster construction.
They have already had talks about acquiring some bench help this offseason with the likes of Carmelo Anthony.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 22, 2021
The Lakers might need to get some bigger pieces as well.
A sign-and-trade can work with Schroder and attach other players with him to gain a big piece.
Having James is a huge advantage to have.
Granted, he is entering his 19th season.
James is still one of the best to ever do it and can lead the Lakers to another championship next season.
Two more wins and the Clippers were going to the Finals.
They were so close.
However, Leonard didn’t play in the series as he was dealing with a knee injury.
2022 should be the season where they finally crack through and win a title.
George was able to play great basketball in the absence of Leonard.
Paul George in the playoffs
Free Throws: 1st
Field Goals: 3rd
Kawhi went down and PG led the Clippers to their first WCF and is averaging 29/11/6 since. That Pandemic P talk is dead, give it a rest. pic.twitter.com/odg6ihX8hR
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) June 27, 2021
He has exorcised his demons and is ready to contribute even more next season.
A healthy Leonard with a new version of George can lead to a championship.
There is one problem and that is Leonard’s pending free agency.
Teams are already lining up to snatch him away from the Clippers.
— NBA Analysis Network (@HoopAnalysisNet) July 1, 2021
The Clippers need to be able to retain him and build off of an incredible run to claim the best team title of LA.NEXT: 3 Fair Excuses Clippers Can Make After Playoff Exit