The LA Clippers could now make a case as the best team in Los Angeles, but Blake Griffin thinks his former team will have a hard time dethroning the Los Angeles Lakers as the kings of the city.
Doc Rivers and Co. made a splash this summer when they made a double-swoop for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Now, the team that reached the 2019 playoffs and made life hard for the Golden State Warriors in the first round has two superstars at their disposal heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
The Clips are considered title favorites, with the Lakers headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis their closest rival.
Griffin, who was traded by the Clips to the Detroit Pistons in the middle of the 2017-18 season, says LA basketball will be exciting next season. However, he doesn’t see the city becoming a Clippers town any time soon.
“It’s exciting for L.A. basketball with what the Lakers and Clippers did but the Lakers are such a force,” Griffin told Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. “I said this when I played here but I don’t think you’re ever going to take that away from them but at least they’re trying to raise the competition and make a battle. It’ll be fun to watch.”
The Lakers have the history and banners to boast, so it will definitely be difficult to uproot that. Besides, the Clippers haven’t proven anything yet besides being the more successful team compared to the Lakers in recent years.
As Griffin noted though, while it’s nearly impossible for them to take over the City of Angels, at least the competition is way better now.
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