That back-and-forth 2010 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Boston Celtics was one of the most intense, emotional series in league history. An unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal that the league "respects peaceful demonstrations and does not believe they will be a disruptive issue during National Basketball Association games this season".
Newly-acquired Dwight Howard will get the opportunity to play for a potential contender and the combination of him and Davis will provide plenty of highlights around the rim with James.
Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell had 17 off the bench when the Clippers opened their 50th season and 36th in Los Angeles as the once unlikely but now favorites to win the franchise's first National Basketball Association championship.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws that put Toronto in the lead for good as the Raptors won their seventh straight season opener. It's a great conversation for the fans to get in on. When the lights went down for the Clippers' pregame hype video, Lakers fans booed loudly.
Even though the Clippers were listed as the home team, it was quickly apparent their fans were vastly outnumbered by Lakers supporters.
The Clippers were ecstatic when Leonard made a decision to join the Clipper family.
The narrative going into this season is that LeBron James is going to give way for Anthony Davis to be the guy this season.
Although it's only Game 1 of 82, the games finally matter.
The Clippers were able to sign Leonard only after adding trading for Paul George, who will miss the first 10 games of the season while recovering from surgery on his left shoulder.
"All those emotions went through me again", he said.
According to Oddschecker, the Lakers are 2.5-point favorite and are 91/100 to cover the spread, while the Clippers are 6/5 underdogs. "I don't know. I don't know". Nurse has said he wants to get the rotation up to nine and even 10 at times, with Chris Boucher, Stanley Johnson, Matt Thomas, Malcolm Miller and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (who is now injured) all potentially factoring in, depending on the situations.
The second game of the double-header featured both Los Angeles teams battling it out at the Staples Center as the Clippers hosted the Lakers in primetime.
"You ask me was I getting excited about it? And LeBron is right there", Dudley said.
Frank Vogel is spending his first few months as the Lakers' coach figuring out how to mold a cohesive team around his two superstars.
"It was everything I expected", Davis said.
Lakers: They fell to 43-29 all-time in season openers. The Lakers went just 37-45 and were outscored 113.5 to 111.8.