Clippers/Lakers Rivalry "Biggest Thing In NBA"

The NBA has a new rivalry, Randy Kerdoon says, and it's great for Los Angeles

July 11, 2019 - 10:23 am
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Kawhi Leonard has signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Clippers, a deal that includes a player option for 2021-22. That means Leonard might only be a Clipper for the next two seasons.


“Maybe even those guys aren’t totally sure of the Clippers’ ability to challenge for an NBA title,” Los Angeles KNX sportscaster Randy Kerdoon said on Ferrall on the Bench. “But you’ve got two good guys like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. I’m frankly very happy to see the Clippers get a break. Everybody in town, everybody nationally, seemed to think Kawhi was going to either the Lakers or he was going to stay in Toronto. Nobody thought he was going to go for the Clippers. So under that circumstance and the way the Clippers played the game, I’m happy to see them get him. They did everything right, and they were rewarded.”

Lakers fans, meanwhile, were disappointed, to say the least.

“It was just shock,” Kerdoon said. “I believe a lot of people thought he was going to become a Laker. Although, when you think about it, it just didn’t seem like a Kawhi thing to do. He didn’t show up in L.A. to be playing third string behind LeBron and Davis. I’m glad they didn’t get him. Now you’re going to see a lot more parity. You’re going to see a lot of good teams. This Clippers/Lakers rivalry has suddenly become the biggest thing in the NBA. You’ve got two teams that are sharing an (arena), and they’re going to be really, really good. This is going to be fun.”

Jerry West, meanwhile, could be on the verge of building yet another NBA power.

“Never bet against the logo,” Kerdoon said. “He’s done it with the Lakers, he’s done it with Golden State, and now he helps bring in two big guys with the Clippers. The Clippers are really in uncharted territory. They really have potential (to be better than the Lakers). I’m waiting to see how the Lakers fill out their roster because they’re going for a lot of tall guys.”

That includes Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee. All are 6-10 or taller.

“They could play three guys close to 7-feet tall (at the same time),” Kerdoon said. “That would be a triple-tall tower for the Lakers as far as defense goes. The Clippers don’t really have a lot of height at that position, but they have a lot of quick playmakers. I think the Clippers really have a shot to be the best team in the West this year.”

Click below to listen to Kerdoon’s interview in its entirety.