Here we go again, talking about the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. One would think that people would get tired of this argument, but not this city. The debate is one of the most popular and favorite conversations. The people of Los Angeles are so passionate about their teams that it is safe to say that it will not only roll on through this season but far beyond it.
Amid all the early-season chatter, comedian George Lopez revealed his thoughts on the debate. As a guest on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Lopez said, “We don’t expect anything from them [Clippers]. You know they beat us on opening night but I don’t expect the Clippers to run the town. We [Lakers] run this town.”
George Lopez Elaborates on His Thoughts
Lopez is a die-hard Lakers fan and is particularly proud of his team this season, as they boast a 9-2 record to start the year. This week, a video of the comedian went viral when he told TMZ Sports, “You know what? The Lakers are as good as LeBron’s wig.”
The day after the video was released, Lopez was featured as a guest on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. It was then that he contributed to the Lakers vs. Clippers argument. Lopez began by saying that the Lakers have surprised him this season as they do not look like their usual selves.
This is a group that hasn’t made the postseason since the 2012-2013 season and last season posted a disappointing 37-45 record. Recently, the team has turned things around thanks to a strong offseason haul and now have the best record in the Western Conference currently. Though this is only the beginning, the team has proven to be legitimate title contenders.
Though the Lakers have struggled the past few seasons, it wasn’t enough to convince Lopez that the Clippers may have a spot as the L.A. frontrunners. He went as far as saying, “I am not sure that the L.A. Clippers will ever be accepted as an L.A. team. As a matter of fact, I think that they should probably make their way back to Buffalo or San Diego. 16 championships versus zero for the Clippers, definitely.”
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
During the opening-night matchup, the Clippers pulled out a 112-102 victory over the Lakers. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard put together a stellar performance as he racked up 30 points. Coming off the bench for the team we saw Lou Williams pour in 21 points while Montrezl Harrell had 17.
The Lakers used this game to showcase their stars in LeBron James (18 points) and Anthony Davis (25 points). But it wasn’t either of the two who led the team in scoring, as Danny Green put together a stellar Lakers debut as well, tallying 28 points.
Though the Clippers had one of their key players, Paul George, sidelined due to two shoulder surgeries in the offseason, the Lakers still failed to get the win. The next L.A. rivalry matchup will come on Christmas Day. Now that George is back from injury, it’s likely that the Clippers will use their dynamic duo to press for a 2-0 start against the Lakers. This time it won’t just be King James vs. the man dubbed as L.A.’s “new king” in Leonard, it will be the battle of James and AD versus PG-13 and The Klaw.