Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks amped-up Lakers-Clippers rivalry is ‘perfect thing’ for Los Angeles
Many are anticipating a heated rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers this coming 2019-20 season. For Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he believes that the rivalry has hit an all-time high, which can only be a good thing in terms of the level of competition not only between these two teams, but the rest of the NBA as well:
“There’s one school of thought that says it’s horrible these superteams are being formed. But that’s what general managers try to do,” Abdul-Jabbar explained, via Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports. “What is horrible that Red Auerbach was able to get Robert Parish and Kevin McHale? They ended up with a super team. It was good for the game, and it was good for Celtics fans. That will be really good here with the rivalry between the Clippers and the Lakers. It’s a perfect thing for this city. The Clippers have gained some credibility and have gotten some really good players. Things will gel for them. We’ll see how the Lakers’ moves will play out through the season. I’m sure everybody is anticipating an interesting season this year.”
The six-time NBA champion is definitely making a lot of sense here, and at this point, there’s really a lot to like about how these two bitter rivals have elevated the spirit of competition within the city.
When asked about who he feels has the edge between his Lakers and the Clippers, Abdul-Jabbar remained unbiased, stating he believes the playing field to be level:
“No I wouldn’t,” he said. “I think that says a lot about what has happened. The Clippers are as incredible as they are. But the Lakers are also incredible and have earned their bonafides. We’ll see what happens.”
We are all definitely excited to see what will happen, and like Kareem, we can’t wait for the first time these two teams match up in the new season.