LeBron James was in the headlines recently for his appearance at a Drew League game.
A recent viral video shows a fan telling James about the Clippers’ dominance in the cross-town rivalry, saying:
“Clippers’ takin over LA, Bron.”
LeBron James was at his hilarious best after hearing that comment as he fake fist bumped the fan. Here’s a clip of the incident (via Clutch Points on Twitter):
LA Clippers have dominated recently but LeBron James and LA Lakers achieved championship success first
The rivalry between the LA Lakers and LA Clippers got spicier in the fall of 2019. Both teams recruited star-studded players to become championship favorites. The Lakers had LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the charge, while the Clippers added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to their roster.
On paper, the Clippers had the better team. Kawhi and company were the favorites to win the NBA title before the Lakers. However, things didn’t go as planned for the Steve Ballmer-owned franchise.
The 2019-20 season ended with LeBron leading the LA Lakers to their record 17th NBA championship. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers faltered in the Conference semifinals, giving up a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets.
Since then, neither side has reached the Finals and the cross-town rivals didn’t even make the playoffs last campaign. The Clippers were the better team, however, despite missing their superstars Leonard and George for most of the season.
They finished with the eighth-best record, while the Lakers finished 11th. The latter’s big three of LeBron James, Davis and Westbrook played more games together than Leonard and George.
The Clippers don’t have championship credentials to show for their dominance against the Lakers. But their head-to-head win-loss numbers heavily favor them. Since 2012, the Clippers have a 32-7 record in regular-season games against the Lakers.
As things stand, Kawhi Leonard and co. are once again better suited to contend for the title. They have one of the best squads in the league heading into next season.
Meanwhile, the LA Lakers remain top-heavy, with James, Davis and Westbrook as their leading stars. To make things worse, their record with their Big 3 isn’t good either. Their 33-49 season last time around proved that they need to change their roster-building strategy moving forward.