COMMENTARY | As good as the Los Angeles Lakers are on the court, they're equally as adept off the hardwood at dominating the headlines around the NBA and in Los Angeles.
That may be one of the reasons that Los Angeles Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul responded poignantly when questioned about the Lakers' A-list lineup on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, August 21, 2012.
"Why should I be [nervous]," he said. "At the end of the day you have to play the games. When we got to the Olympics, if you looked at our roster, you could've just given us the medal but you have to play the games and that's what makes it so exciting."
Exciting is exactly what the matchup figures to be moving forward. The acquisition of Dwight Howard makes the Lakers instantly more fun to watch. When going up against the Clippers, fans can expect much of the game to be played above the rim.
Even with the excitement, however, Los Angeles remains a Lakers town.
Despite the wishes of Paul to facilitate a culture change and a winning pedigree among his teammates and the Clippers faithful, the purple and gold is so entrenched in L.A., that to uproot it would take a convincing season series win against the Lakers and an NBA title -- and probably more still.
Unfortunately for Paul, that would require defeating the strongest Lakers team (on paper) in years and sending Kobe Bryant off into the sunset without ring number six.
When Paul was asked if he thinks he's the best player in the NBA and the de facto best in Los Angeles, he replied, "I'm a little biased on that one too," Paul said. "I would like to think [so]."
Fortunately, we're a lot closer to getting some answers to the question of which team and superstar reigns the City of Angels.
Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Sports and covers the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. He has written for Southern California's Press-Enterprise and is the Editor of Sports Out West.
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