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Previewing The 2021 Lakers And Clippers As A New NBA Season Kicks Off Tuesday




Montrezl Harrell #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during a preseason game at Staples Center on December 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Montrezl Harrell #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during a preseason game at Staples Center on December 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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The 2020 NBA season was unlike any other we’ve ever seen – the bubble in Orlando, virtual fans, empty arenas and piped-in crowd sound. In the end, it was our very own Los Angeles Lakers who conquered the bubble and won their record-tying 17th NBA title in franchise history, the team’s first since 2009.

On Tuesday, the quest for back-to-back championship trophies and sole possession of most NBA championships by a franchise begins as the Lakers battle their L.A. rivals, the Clippers, in a nationally-televised game that’ll tip at 7:00 PT.

The Lakers return the majority of key pieces of their championship roster, led by Lebron James and Anthony Davis, both of whom signed multi-year extensions during the offseason. They also added some veteran help in center Marc Gasol and point guard Denis Schroder.

The Clippers, meanwhile, signed Paul George to multi-year extension, and he and Board Man/Fun Guy Kawhi Leonard will look to build on their strong but ultimately disappointing 2020 regular season, in which they won 49 games but failed to reach the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers will do so with a new captain at the helm as Tyronn Lue steps into the head coaching vacancy created when the team fired Doc Rivers after the end of last season.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll preview the 2021 NBA season for the Clippers and the defending champion Lakers.

Guests:              

Dan Woike, Lakers beat writer for The Los Angeles Times; he tweets @DanWoikeSports 

Mirjam Swanson, reporter covering the Clippers for Southern California News Group; she tweets @mirjamswanson