They did the same when the Clippers announced their starting lineup with Leonard going last.
Los Angeles Lakers AnalysisThe Lakers enter the 2019 season with a ton to prove after not making it to the postseason in LeBron James' debut season in purple and gold. We are tracking more bets on these basketball matchups than on Game 1 of the World Series.
Moving to Los Angeles and coming to root for the Clippers over the Lakers is like being given a chance to see the original Star Wars on an IMAX screen while sitting on a throne, and choosing instead to watch Shakes the Clown on a computer with a dial-up modem.
With Davis alongside him, LeBron will no longer have to carry the Lakers entirely on his shoulders and will have both a reliable point scorer and an elite defender to rely on. But that's the beauty of Kawhi's decision: He didn't take the easy way out. "For last two months all the talk has been about the Lakers versus the Clippers". Together, they could give the Clippers some serious issues. I played against and with all these guys. Even without George, there is plenty of help to go around.
"So based on that I believe he's definitely a Hall of Famer right now if he never played another basketball game".
Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell delivered 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Clippers. But with 59 seconds left in the first quarter, Leonard hit a 9-foot turnaround fadeaway shot. Williams outscored the Lakers reserves by himself.
"What I saw in our team was just overall team toughness", Rivers said. "Avery and Danny (Green) did that today".
With the Lakers kicking off their season in just over 24 hours or so, the sooner they can all get on the same page, the higher the likelihood becomes that James and his teammates can lift the Lakers organization to the place its fan base demands it consistently remains. "It's in his own head, whatever that is, then that's what it is", Kerr told media with a smile.
"He can do whatever he wants, obviously", Davis said of Leonard.
And now, we present the latest in Kawhi memes: The "Hey, hey, hey!" "I know I'm in good shape for that, but I still have a lot to prove to myself". We did the best we could.
"It was everything I expected", Davis said. He later came out with a statement that he don't like all the recruitment. In hindsight, it was a wise move. "I consider myself an energy player an energy guy so just to see the fans like that, it's going to be fun", Davis had said. "I don't get too excited". "That's all you can ask for".
The Clippers also have a roster that is ready to contend for the NBA Championship. "He had to do whats best for him". Overall, the Clippers outshot the Lakers 51.9 percent to 43.5 percent. When the Clippers finally found relief and formed "Lob City", the Lakers were wheezing from the Old Kobe Bryant years.
The Western Conference is loaded with talent once again, and the two teams in LA, along with the Houston Rockets, are arguably the three most talented teams in the conference.
Now they're both title contenders and, assuming good health and ideal playoff seedings, could meet in the conference finals. They have made the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, while the Lakers have missed the postseason six consecutive times. The biggest challenge for the Lakers will be dealing with the days where it doesn't feel like Christmas.